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Ways to Give

A planned gift is a charitable donation that can be arranged during your lifetime, but is not available to Ryerson until sometime in the future. Planned gifts often enable donors to make significant gifts while also fulfilling important tax and financial goals. The most common type of planned gift is a bequest, but there others including: charitable remainder trusts, gifts of residual interest, life insurance, and gifts of RRIFs and RRSPs.

Ryerson Society

All donors who make a planned gift to Ryerson are recognized through the Ryerson Society.

Ryerson alumna Helen Hutko, in a undated photo

The legacy of Helen Hutko, one of Ryerson’s first graduates, lives on through a bequest

Retired Ryerson Professor Bill Strykowski, standing in front of the Devonian Pond on a sunny day

Retired Professor Bill Strykowski Plans Gift for Ryerson Physics Students

Ryerson grad & staff Carrie-Ann Bissonnette staing in the Student Learning Centre

Carrie-Ann Bissonnette looks to future with planned gift

For more information:

Mira Claxton
Director of Development, Planned Giving, opens in new window
416.979.5000 ext. 553793

A gift to Ryerson in honour or in memory of someone is a meaningful way to support the university. You may honour a colleague or friend, commemorate a life event, or pay tribute to someone special.

Make your tribute gift today through our external, online Tribute giving page, external link, opens in new window or contact:

Sergio Chiodo
Associate Director, Advancement Services
416-979-5000, ext. 6516 or toll free at 1-866-428-8881

The donations you have made as a faculty member or staff person have made all the difference to the university. Your generosity supports hundreds of students who require financial assistance each year plus many other important priorities across campus. Your ongoing support will continue to have enormous impact.

Please make your gift today through payroll deduction, external link or donate online.

For more information, please contact:

Sergio Chiodo
Associate Director, Advancement Services
416-979-5000, ext. 6516 or toll free at 1-866-428-8881

Many companies set up charitable giving programs to match employee donations because they want to support the causes that are important to their employees. It’s a great way to get more bang for your philanthropic buck. Double or even triple the impact of your gift to Ryerson University with the help of your employer. Some companies will even match gifts contributed by spouses or retired employees. Does your company offer matching gifts?

It’s worth a look to make the most of your support. Search for your employer here.

For more information, contact:

Sergio Chiodo
Associate Director, Advancement Services
416-979-5000, ext. 6516 or toll free at 1-866-428-8881

When you establish an endowment fund, you create a permanent legacy of support. It is a gift of lasting impact, providing ongoing opportunity at the university.

Invested for the long term, an endowment generates annual interest income which is used to support the donor’s preferred initiative – a student award, a research or teaching chair, a professorship, or other priorities. The endowment provides the university with a reliable foundation of support, ensuring for the donor that the impact of their giving will be sustained.

An endowment fund is established when a donor(s) makes a contribution of $25,000 or more. Donors may make a gift of any size to strengthen an existing endowment fund that reflects their interests.

For more information about creating an endowment, please contact:

Sergio Chiodo
Associate Director, Advancement Services
416-979-5000, ext. 6516 or toll free at 1-866-428-8881, opens in new window

Ryerson’s Endowment Funds Policy

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, opens in new window, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements, opens in new window.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.