Giving opportunities

There are many reasons to give to SAIT — to honour a loved one, support a program you feel passionately about, leave a legacy for future generations or through the I.G. Lewis Student Emergency Fund.

This support changes lives for the better.

At the heart of every donation is the desire to make a difference in a SAIT student's life.

Explore the following opportunities for giving to SAIT and help build a brighter future for our current and future students.

Annual giving

Our donors step up every year to provide critical support to our students and improve their lives. Funds raised through SAIT's Annual Giving program go directly to institutional priorities such as those detailed below.

Student awards

SAIT has a long and proud tradition of providing scholarships to students to recognize academic achievement and to reduce obstacles to student success.

Over $5 million in 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'd like to give to an existing award, complete our online form, select 'other' from the menu, and enter the award's name in the text box next to 'tell us how to direct your gift.'

Give to student awards

If you'd like to establish a student award or would like more information about student awards, please get in touch with us:

Melissa Woodworth
Phone: 403.613.5098
melissa.woodworth@sait.ca

Crowdfunding

Have a direct impact on our students' incredible work by supporting one of our student-led crowdfunding campaigns. Our crowdfunding campaigns feature 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 Student Investment Management Trust, Strides for Sustainability, Great Northern Concrete Toboggan team, 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 opportunities for students they would not otherwise be able to afford. Your support continues to help connect people to projects and unleashes innovation.

Support a crowdfunding campaign

If you'd like more information, please email crowdfunding@sait.ca.

Memorial awards

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.

Establish a memorial award

For more information, please get in touch with us:

Anna Kravchik
Phone: 403.651.3372
anna.kravchik@sait.ca

Métis Scholar Awards/Métis Endowment Fund

Thanks to the partnership between SAIT and the Rupertsland Institute, on behalf of the Métis Education Foundation, we can bring the dream of a $1 million endowment to reality.

Ruperstland Institute, on behalf of the Métis Education Foundation, has committed to providing $2 for every $1 donated to SAIT's Métis Education Foundation Endowment Fund, up to $500,000. The Métis Education Foundation Endowment Fund was created to provide Métis Scholar Awards annually.

The Métis Scholar Awards are a significant milestone for Métis student success, removing financial obstacles and improving the quality of life for students and their families. By supporting Métis students on their journey of training for their dream career at SAIT, you pave the way for a brighter future for our communities and the Métis Nation.

Support a Métis Scholar Award

For more information, please get in touch with us:

Anna Kravchik
Phone: 403.651.3372
anna.kravchik@sait.ca

SAIT Opportunities Fund

The SAIT Opportunities Fund helps SAIT students daily by supporting programs and projects not covered by tuition or the 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, societies and other student activities. Your gift to the SAIT Opportunities Fund is the most important because it enables SAIT to use the funds where they are needed most when needed most.

Support the SAIT Opportunities Fund

For more information, please get in touch with us:

Anna Kravchik
Phone: 403.651.3372
anna.kravchik@sait.ca

I.G. Lewis Student Emergency Fund

The escalation of COVID-19 has redefined how SAIT students learn and live. As students transition to an online learning environment and take steps to ensure their safety, many face a financial crisis—whether due to loss of income, inability to cover purchasing of food and necessities or unexpected changes in personal circumstances. Many students cannot afford to navigate these abrupt and radical changes. Most students are facing hardship of some kind.

To respond to our community's immediate and urgent needs, SAIT is mobilizing emergency funding to support students in difficult financial circumstances due to COVID-19, and we need your help.

By supporting the IG Lewis Student Emergency Fund, you can help students navigate these uncharted waters – a new learning environment, paying rent and bills – all while knowing they have support in a financial crisis. 100% of the funds raised will provide SAIT students with the financial relief required to cope with this unprecedented uncertainty.

Legacy giving

If SAIT has great personal meaning to you, a legacy gift is an extraordinary way to ensure your memory lives on — support SAIT student scholarships, new equipment, and many improvements to our campus. You will make a profound difference in the lives of future generations of SAIT students.

Financial gifts to SAIT help us remain current and relevant by providing instructors and students with the latest technology and educational resources. They can provide scholarships, bursaries, and emergency assistance to help ensure financial need is not a barrier to graduation.

There are many options when considering a legacy gift:

  • A bequest in a will
  • A gift in kind (equipment, real estate)
  • Publicly traded securities
  • RRSP, RRIF or TFSA
  • Life insurance
  • Charitable annuity

We are committed to ensuring your legacy gift and other financial contributions are managed conscientiously and judiciously.

Contact us for more information on making a legacy gift to SAIT:

Anthony Salekin
Phone: 403.284.7046
anthony.salekin@sait.ca

Projects and campaigns

Our partners and supporters recognize that SAIT is a valuable bridge between the industry and the employees of the future.

Our corporate and individual partnerships can contribute to priority projects and campaigns and work with us to designate and design a gift to match a SAIT need.

To learn more about our projects and to discuss your interests, please contact:

Anthony Salekin
Phone: 403.284.7046
anthony.salekin@sait.ca

Corporate sponsorship

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. 

For more information, please contact:

Josh Naud
Phone: 403.210.4322
josh.naud@sait.ca 

I wanted to leave a legacy behind, and leave money to something that mattered to me. I wanted to make a difference. That is why I named SAIT as a beneficiary in my will.

Connie McEgan
SAIT Alumna

How to give

Online

Donating online is easy! Please fill out the online form and tell us where to direct your donation.

Donate to SAIT online

In-person

The Alumni and Development Offices are located on the third floor of Heritage Hall, room AA308. 

If you would like to speak with someone about making a gift to SAIT, please call us at 403.284.7010.

By mail

If you prefer to donate by mail, you can send a one-time gift via cheque or money order payable to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Send your donation using the address below.

Alumni and Development
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Heritage Hall
1301 - 16 Avenue NW
Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Make a gift of shares

SAIT welcomes gifts of publicly listed securities such as mutual funds, shares, and stocks with the assistance of a professional broker.

You can gift shares to SAIT by transferring them electronically, and we strongly recommend you consult your financial advisor, securities broker, or another financial representative to assist you in making the transfer.

Securities transfer form

For more information or to initiate a gift, please contact:

Anthony Salekin
Phone: 403.284.7046
anthony.salekin@sait.ca

Donor FAQs

Yes, we accept gifts in kind. You can contact us to discuss the nature of your gift and to ensure your gift will be used as you intend. 

Yes, SAIT welcomes gifts of publicly listed securities such as mutual funds, shares, and stocks with the assistance of a professional broker. 

You can make a gift of shares to SAIT by transferring them electronically and we strongly recommend you consult your financial advisor, securities broker or another financial representative to assist you in making the transfer. To make a gift of shares, please follow the instructions on SAIT's secure transfer form

Please note: Transferring shares between brokerage firms typically take five business days and price fluctuations can occur. It is SAIT's policy to sell donated securities as soon as possible. Your gift will be valued at the closing price on the day the security is received in our account and you will be issued a charitable tax receipt for that value. To ensure a charitable tax receipt for the current year is issued, please initiate your gift before Dec. 15.

Yes, you can advise us on the criteria for the award, whether it's for financial need or academic excellence, but you may not designate a gift for a particular student. 

The full value of donations received are distributed to the charitable purpose directed by our donors; no administrative costs are levied against donated funds. We take our fiscal responsibilities seriously and are proud of our track record managing fundraising costs. In 2023/24 we expect to raise $15 million at a cost of $2.38 million. This translates into a cost of $.16 for every dollar we raise.

In 2022/23 we invested $2.11 million in fundraising and raised $13.79 million. 

Charitable license number: 107995789RR0001

We issue a charitable tax receipt for the full value of all philanthropic gifts — there is no minimum donation. When you make your gift, please make sure all of the information is correctly filled out.

If you made a donation and did not receive a receipt, please email AD.gift.processing@sait.ca or call 403.284.8419.

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"If you choose to give us personal information via the internet that we or our educational partners may need to correspond with you, process an order or provide you with a subscription, it is our intent to let you know how we will use such information. If you tell us that you do not wish to have this information used as a basis for further contact with you, we will respect your wishes."

If you would like to manage the receipt of all commercial electronic messages sent by SAIT, fill out this form.  

If you would like restrictions on how your contact information is used, please contact us.

To update your contact information, simply fill out this form.

If you would like to place restrictions on how your contact information is used, please contact us.

If you would like to manage the receipt of all commercial electronic messages sent by SAIT, fill out this form.

If you have any questions or concerns about how your personal information is being treated, please contact SAIT's FOIP Coordinator at 403.284.8633.

Currently, we do not have any events available for volunteering, but if you'd like to register your interest for future events, please email us.

To connect with someone about making a gift to SAIT, please call us at the contact number below.

Charitable license number: 107995789RR0001

Contact us

Alumni and Development
403.284.7010 1.888.284.8399 giving@sait.ca