The annual Employee Giving program is uOttawa’s employee-based fundraising initiative. It seeks to engage faculty, administrative staff and retirees in support of student-focused initiatives.
In 2016, the program completed its fifth year. Since 2012, the employee participation rate has more than doubled, from 16% to 33%.
What this means for our students is that more than 1,300 uOttawa current and former employees have donated to a variety of funds that support the student experience. It is difficult to count the number of students who have been affected by this generosity, as donations are allocated to 300 different initiatives, such as financial aid and awards, research programs and travel funds.
Below are examples of projects supported by our employees in 2016:
- Study and research in Canada or abroad (Faculty of Arts)
- Providing the right tools for teachers to identify and address key issues such as bullying and intimidation
- Opportunities for students to work on social justice issues with public interest organizations or with small law firms or sole practitioners
- A lecture series bringing world-renowned academics from around the globe to discuss their latest research
- Financial support for a full-time female student with at least one dependent child who is a permanent resident, an international student or a refugee
- Mobility scholarships for students selected to take part in international exchanges
- Awards to students who, of their own accord and without receiving monetary compensation, have been involved in activities in service of the University of Ottawa
Pierre Thibault, Assistant Dean and Secretary, Civil Law Section, and Manon Dugal, senior director of human resources and strategic initiatives, served as co-chairs of the Employee Giving program in 2016. They note that everyone was able to find a cause they cared about and wish to thank the campaign’s generous donors and volunteers.
The Employee Giving program plays an integral role in Defy the Conventional: The Campaign for uOttawa. We invite everyone to join us in strengthening our teaching, our research and our service.