Ways to Give
Every year thousands of donors, including alumni, friends, industry partners, and faculty and staff make an impact by supporting SAIT through financial contributions to our students and programs.
There are many reasons to give to SAIT — to honour your relatives, to support programs that you feel passionately about or to leave a legacy for future generations. At the heart of every donation is the desire to make a difference in students' lives.
Ways to give:
- SAIT Centennial Award
- Student Awards
- Annual Giving (SAIT Opportunities Fund; I.G. Lewis Student Emergency Fund)
- Raise it Red — Student-led Crowdfunding
- President's Giving Circle
- Corporate Support and Partnerships
- Memorial Awards
- Individual and Legacy Giving
The SAIT Centennial Award will honour the past by creating bright futures. With your help our Student Callers are aiming to raise $50,000, and SAIT will match that amount with an additional $50,000. Together, we'll create a historic $100,000 endowment fund that will generate an annual award for students who are in financial need, and who have also demonstrated exceptional leadership and community involvement.
SAIT has a long and proud tradition of providing scholarships to students to recognize academic achievement and to reduce obstacles to student success. Over $4.2 million student awards are given to students each year.
Investments made by individual alumni and friends, associations, businesses, foundations and other organizations have helped countless students who otherwise may not have been able to attend SAIT. Our student awards are funded on an annual basis as well as from professionally managed endowments.
If you wish to donate to an existing award, you can conveniently give online now. Select "Other" from the menu and enter the award's name in the text box next to "Tell us how to direct your gift."
If you would like to establish a student award at SAIT or would like more information about student awards, please contact either Brett.Windle@sait.ca at 403.284.8908 or Kathy.Bhana@sait.ca at 403.284.7089.
Each year, thousands of donors choose to support SAIT through our annual giving campaign. Funds raised through these efforts go directly to institutional priorities such as:
I.G. Lewis Student Emergency Fund
The I.G. Lewis Student Emergency Fund is an endowment that helps students through times of personal financial crisis. It addresses needs that occur because of an economic setback such as a family illness. SAIT faculty members work closely with students to help them through circumstances that threaten the successful completion of their academic program. The fund provides emergency one-time financial support when other means have been exhausted. It can make the difference between a student dropping out and graduating.
SAIT Opportunities Fund
The SAIT Opportunities Fund helps SAIT students every day by supporting programs and projects not covered by tuition or government. SAIT dedicates this fund to the enhancement of education and student life. Examples include: pilot projects that bring new technology to the classroom, peer support programs, academic clubs, and societies and other student activities. Your gift to the SAIT Opportunities Fund is the most important gift of all because it enables SAIT to use the funds where they are needed most, when they are needed most.
Buy a Brick
In recognition of SAIT's centennial celebrations, every $100 donation to the SAIT Opportunities Fund will be eligible for a personalized brick in the commemorative wall in front of Heritage Hall. Buy your brick here.
Have a direct impact on the incredible work our students are doing by supporting one of our student-led crowdfunding campaigns. Our Rase it Red crowdfunding site features current student projects that are looking for your support.
Student fundraising activities range from capstone projects, study abroad opportunities, conference or competition participation, or student club activities that have an academic impact. Some of the past crowdfunding projects include the Great Northern Concrete Togoggan team, the ISA International Student Games, Enactus Student Club National Competition and the SAE Baja Buggy team.
Your contributions to crowdfunding campaigns go towards costs not covered by traditional funding sources and often provide opportunties for students that they would not otherwise be able to afford.
Your support helps connect people to projects and unleashes innovation!
The President's Giving Circle is a distinguished donor group that recognizes annual contributions of $1,000 or more in support of SAIT and its students.
For more information about the President's Giving Circle, please email Miranda.Diakiw@sait.ca or call 403.774.5214.
Our partners and supporters recognize that SAIT is a valuable bridge between industry and the employees of the future. Our corporate partnerships and collaborations have contributed to the effectiveness of many of our programs and contribute to the success of our graduates.
To find out more about the benefits of a strategic partnership with SAIT, please email Richard.Horbachewski@sait.ca or call 403.210.4393.
SAIT offers many sponsorship opportunities, from institutional naming partnerships to event sponsorships. The range of opportunities is extensive, and each offers value and a customized partnership benefits package. Sponsorships are a great way to get involved with SAIT.
For more information on sponsorship, please email James.Foster@sait.ca or call 403.210.4322.
The Memorial Giving Program was established to accept financial contributions in memory of loved ones. Leaving a gift to SAIT in honour of a loved one is a way of remembering a special person in your life while supporting the next generation.
If you would like to donate to a memorial award or named scholarship, please click here to donate online.
For more information on creating a memorial award, please email Miranda.Diakiw@sait.ca or call 403.774.5214.
You don't have to be wealthy to create a legacy at SAIT. In fact the majority of SAIT's bequests (gift in a Will) are from individuals of modest means that wish to help our students. Bequests to SAIT can support programs such as student awards, curriculum development, equipment purchases, and fund tutoring services or materials needed by the library.
We can help you with a gift plan strategy, inform you of the tax laws that encourage giving, and show you how donating gifts (such as registered securities) can significantly reduce your taxes while achieving your charitable goals.
The many ways to give a legacy gift to SAIT include:
- Wills and bequests
- Publicly traded securities (Gift of Securities form).
- RRSPs and RRIFs
- Life Insurance
- Real Estate
- Collections (art, books, etc.)
- Gifts in kind (equipment and learning tools)
For more information on legacy giving, please email Anthony.Salekin@sait.ca or call 403.284.7046.