A gift to the University of Guelph changes lives. It helps to develop tomorrow’s leaders in industry and science and propels athletes to the top of their game. It leads to breakthrough research and lights a spark in others to pursue a brighter world - every day. As a resource for infrastructure, fellowships, programming and scholarships, donated funds enhance accessibility and encourage excellence.
The University of Guelph is grateful to our donors for sharing our values and continuing to be an important member of our shared community: a community committed to a better world and a better tomorrow.
Our generous donors are recognized by membership in councils for lifetime giving and annual giving. We thank all our donors for their generosity and commitment to the University of Guelph.
Lifetime councils recognize individuals and individually-owned private foundations with realized and pledged donations at the highest levels. It is in partnership with these visionary leaders that the University of Guelph continues its tradition of caring, innovation, and education for change. As a University of Guelph Lifetime Giving Council member, you are considered a special part of our University’s community. We look forward to sharing with you information about the impact of your support. We will also extend invitations to attend special events and send you news and various University publications. We hope that you enjoy hearing from us and are able to join us at events so that we can thank you in person for your support of the University of Guelph.
Donors with cumulative lifetime giving of $1 million+.
Angel Gabriel Foundation, Stuart and Kim Lang
Hugh A. Arrell, BSc(Agr) '67, Hon.DLaw. '12, and Margaret S. Arrell, BHSc '68
Arrell Family Foundation
Herbert R. Axelrod, Hon.DSc. '78, and Evelyn Axelrod
Lindy C. Barrow
William T. Brock, BSA '58, FELL '98, Hon.DLaw. '02, and Mary A. Brock
Tye W. Burt, BA 80, and Janet A. Burt
W. Robert Farquharson, Hon.D.La. 14, and Gail Farquharson
Michel-Eric Fournelle, B.Comm '92
G. Magnotta Foundation
La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso
Philip R. Gosling, Hon.DSc. '08, and Susan A. Gosling
Wolfgang Haessler, BSc(Eng) '66, and Marilyn Haessler
Peter F. Hannam, BSA 62
Helmhorst Investments Limited
Harry Jones and Brenda Jones
Donors with cumulative lifetime giving of $500,000 to $999,999.
Donors with cumulative lifetime giving of $25,000 to $499,999. The Governors’ Council is a diverse group of donors numbering almost 550 and including alumni, friends, retirees, faculty and staff.
We appreciate and acknowledge the following corporate leaders with realized and pledged donations at the highest levels. Corporate Leaders include companies and organizations that have donated a one-time gift or who have cumulative lifetime giving of $500,000 or more, and who have made a gift in the last ten years.
In 1999, to mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Ontario Agricultural College, the OAC Alumni Foundation established the unique Order of OAC. The Order provides the opportunity to enrich teaching and study of agriculture, food production, the environment, the community and rural development. The members of the Order of OAC are alumni and friends of the College who have donated $100,000 or more, as bequests, irrevocable insurance policies, planned gifts or cash donations, for endowment or expendable purposes within the Ontario Agricultural College or the OAC Alumni Foundation.
Members of The President’s Council include alumni and friends with annual giving of $1,000 or more received from May 1 through April 30. As a member of the University of Guelph President’s Council, you will receive invitations to attend special events, news and various University publications. You will also be invited to join us at the annual President’s Open House held in the fall, an event that has become a popular tradition on campus each year.
The University of Guelph is pleased to have on record confirmed planned gifts from alumni and friends totaling over $80 million. These legacy gifts will help ensure a strong future for education and research at the University of Guelph.
Legacy Gifts fund the work of our students, scholars and researchers. Last year, 36 benefactors made 40 gifts to the University of Guelph and its campuses, totaling $6 million through will bequests, insurance gifts, trust agreements and charitable annuities.
In 2014, the University of Guelph concluded the BetterPlanet Project, a fundraising campaign to help accelerate solutions to global challenges in areas where the university of Guelph excels: food, environment, health, community, teaching and learning. In total, 65,374 donors, bound by a common passion and goal to help build a better planet, helped to exceed our goal in support of the University of Guelph. We are grateful to all donors for their participation and role in helping to build a better future.
The following are the stories behind those gifts from individuals and corporations who provided exemplary support and visionary leadership to the BetterPlanet Project.