Ways to Give
Every year thousands of donors — alumni, friends, industry partners, 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.
Explore the following opportunities for giving to SAIT and help build a promising future for our current students.
- IG Lewis Student Emergency Fund
- Annual Giving
- Legacy Giving
- Projects and Campaigns
- Corporate Sponsorships
- Additional donor information
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 personal safety, many are facing a financial crisis—whether due to loss of income, inability to cover purchasing of food and basic 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 the immediate and urgent needs in our community, SAIT is mobilizing emergency funding to support students in difficult financial circumstances as a result of 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 the face of a financial crisis. 100% of the funds raised will provide SAIT students with the financial relief required to cope in this time of unprecedented uncertainty.
Our donors step up every year to provide critical support to our students and change their lives for the better. Funds raised through SAIT's Annual Giving program go directly to institutional priorities such as:
- Student Awards
- Memorial Awards
- Student Crowdfunding — Raise it Red
- Student Success Fund
- SAIT Opportunities Fund
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, you can fill this form out and select 'other' from the menu, and enter the awards name in the text box next to 'tell us how to direct your gift'.
If you'd like to establish a student award or would like more information about student awards please contact us:
Have a direct impact on the incredible work our students are doing by supporting one of our student-led crowdfunding campaigns. Our Raise it Red crowdfunding campaign 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 Toboggan 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 opportunities for students that they would not otherwise be able to afford. Your support continues to help connect people to projects and unleashes innovation.
Learn more about supporting a student crowdfunding campaign. If you'd like more information, please contact us:
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 wish to establish a memorial award, please fill out this form. For more information, please contact us:
Thanks to the partnership between SAIT and the Ruperstland Institute, on behalf of the Métis Education Foundation, we have the opportunity to bring the dream of a $1 million endowment to reality.
Ruperstland Institute, on behalf of the Métis Education Foundation, has committed to provide $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 on an annual basis.
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.
To support a Métis Scholar Award, please fill out this form. For more information, please contact us:
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.
To support the SAIT Opportunities Fund, please fill out this form. For more information, please contact us:
Student success is more than what happens in the classroom. It's ensuring our student have access to world-class facilities and technology. It's ensuring that we are supporting their mental health as well as their academic development, and supporting experiential learning opportunities through activities such as student clubs.
Your gift to the Student Success Fund will ensure our students have all the support they need as they embark on their academic journey.
This fund provides critical support to areas that may not be funded through traditional sources — with a focus on campus life initiatives or out-of-classroom areas.
To support the Student Success Fund, please fill out this form. For more information, please contact us:
SAIT offers over 100 different camp options for students in grades 1 through 12 that range from television and radio production to baking, welding and sciences.
The SAIT Summer Camps Bursary Endowment allows families facing financial hardship to send their child to a SAIT Sumer Camp.
This unique experience helps kids and youth explore careers and gain new skills through hands-on learning. Your support ensures vulnerable kids and youth have opportunities to discover their passion and potential, and for every $10 raised, an anonymous donor will give $5 — to a maximum of $400,000 — so that we can reach our goal of sending 100 kids to SAIT Summer Camps through the Summer Camps Bursary Endowment.
Learn more about the SAIT Summer Camps Bursary Endowment.
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
- Gift in kind (equipment, real estate)
- Publicly traded securities
- RRSP, RRIF or TFSA
- Life insurance
- Charitable annuity
Connie McEgan | SAIT Alumna
" 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."
We are committed to ensuring your legacy gift and other financial contributions are managed conscientiously and judiciously. Contact our Associate Director, Major Gifts and Sponsorship, for more information on making a legacy gift to SAIT.
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, campaigns and also 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 us:
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 us:
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. Please email Anthony.Salekin@sait.ca or call 403.284.7046.
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.
For more information or to initiate a gift, please contact Anthony.Salekin@sait.ca or call 403.284.7046.
Please note: Transferring shares between brokerage firms typicalluy 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. If you decide to designate a gift please email Brett.Windle@sait.ca or call 403.284.8908.
We take our fiscal responsibilities seriously, and are proud of our track record in managing donor funds. In SAIT’s 2019/20 fiscal year we expect to raise $13.5 million at a cost of $1.9 million. This translates into a cost of $0.14 for every dollar we raise.
In 2017/18 we invested $2.24 million in fundraising activities and raised $16.6 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 call 403.284.8419.
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How to give
Donating online is easy! Click on the link below and fill out the online donation form telling us where you'd like to direct your credit card information.
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.
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Alumni and Development
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
1301 - 16 Avenue NW
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