Gryphons Care | Alumni | University of Guelph


Calling all U of G faculty, staff and students with great ideas to Improve Life on campus!


Apply for funding up to $2,000 from Gryphons Care donors:

  • 1. Apply online (and if chosen...)
  • 2. Prepare a 5-minute presentation
  • 3. Pitch your idea to donors!

Applications NOW OPEN for Fall 2019

Project must be completed in the 2019-2020 academic year.



Gryphons Care Applicants

*Funds provided through donations from faculty and staff Gryphons Care donors.


Looking for project ideas?

Check out our past winners:


Guelph Graduate Mental Health Conference and Awareness Week

Krista Miller & Curtis Holmes

The first annual Graduate Mental Health Conference and Awareness Week was January 22-27th 2018. This week long conference was directed towards graduate students for unmet mental health needs on campus, by providing a safe platform to gather, discuss and create solutions for our campus.

L-R: Lisa Hood (Donor), Curtis Holmes, Krista Miller, Lynne Mitchell (Donor), Jason Moreton (Donor)


Sofia Fiorino, Kira Valentine, Madelyn Tabakos & Jordie Fischer

Wast(ED) was a cook off challenge during College Royal 2018 that brought together top chefs from the Guelph community. The challenge was to use collected edible food waste to prepare a gourmet meal. Three professional chefs competed for 30 minutes and developed outstanding creations out of vegetable ash (grilled and dehydrated carrot and onion peels), chick pea water (aqua faba) and kale stems. This event was part of an educational campaign to teach students how to reduce their edible food waste.

L-R: Lisa Hood (Donor), Lynne Mitchell (Donor), Sofia Fiorino, Kira Valentine, Madelyn Tabakos, Jordie Fischer, Jason Moreton (Donor)


U of G Labyrinth Project

Andrew Hyde

U of G students, faculty and staff will have regular opportunities to access a labyrinth for meditation or prayer on campus. A large portable canvass labyrinth will be created by students and the Ecumenical Campus Minister this spring. The Labyrinth is an ancient, concentric, walking path design used across different cultures and times, for the purpose of meditation, contemplation, or prayer. Labyrinths can be symbolic of many things - a life’s journey, a safe place, new birth, creation - it’s up to the person walking it. Each experience walking a labyrinth is unique. Keep an eye out for opportunities to access this labyrinth this summer and tend to your holistic well-being.

L-R: Andrew Hyde

U of G Hyperloop Competition Phase 1

Madison Plumb and Murtaza Bahrainwala

A talented group of U of G students are designing and building the first version of the Guelph Hyperloop. The unique design represents their vision of how the Hyperloop transportation system will function. They have completed their designs and are building their functional frame and rail testing system. They plan on testing their design this summer. The group will be applying to compete in the Hyperloop Competition this fall with the hopes of qualifying to compete in California in 2019.

L-R: Andrew Newton, Murtaza Bahrainwala, Brennan Jay, and Jonathan Soper, Dr. Matthew Demers (Donor), Lisa Hood (Donor), Dr. Dan Gillis (Donor)

Empowering Women in STEM

Mary Bergin 

With funding from Gryphons Care, UofG students were able to access conferences like the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing in Halifax. Opportunities to attend such conferences allow women in STEM to gain confidence in male-dominated industries.

"Being able to attend CAN-CWIC and be surrounded by other women who are interested in computing like me was a very inspiring and life-changing experience. Through talking to other women and attending various diversity talks I felt a strong sense of community and learned lots about the industry in which I have chosen to pursue. I wish that everyone could attend a conference like this in their life to motivate them and inspire them to pursue their dreams. CAN-CWIC was an enriching experience that has changed my outlook on women in computers and has had a positive lasting impact on my life. " - Jade Legare 2nd Year, Software Engineering.


Guelph Graduate Mental Health Conference

Nicole Leibowitz

The second annual Graduate Mental Health Conference and Awareness Week took place January 19, 2019. This conference was directed towards graduate students for unmet mental health needs on campus, by providing a safe platform to gather, discuss and create solutions for our campus. Look out for the third annual event in 2020!




Faculty and staff who want to Improve Life at U of G joined together to create Gryphons Care.


Is Gryphons Care for you?

  • 100% of your donation goes directly to a special project on campus
  • Your donations go further by joining colleagues to create powerful impact at U of G
  • Your attendance is required at only two presentation meetings (October and February)

How does it work?

  • You join Gryphons Care!
  • Each member donates $25/pay for1 year
  • We meet twice a year to hear presentations from U of G community members (students, faculty & staff)
  • We select projects that will improve life on campus
  • We agree to direct group financial support to the majority-voted project



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Alumni Affairs and Development builds lifelong relationships with alumni, parents, staff, faculty and friends of the University of Guelph. We raise funds to support the University and advance its mission to improve life.

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