A Day for Change:


Since 2016, thousands of McGillians around the world have come together for McGill24, the University’s annual day of giving. Our collective success is unparalleled: the largest Canadian fundraiser of its kind, McGill24 has raised more than $4 million in support of students, research and campus programs. For the fourth edition of McGill24, we’re calling on all members of the community to share your favourite McGill Moments – fun, positive moments of your time at McGill – and to give back to the University that helped shape your life.

McGill24 is all about the power of participation: when the McGill community comes together, our collective impact is great. The many ways in which McGill changes lives – by making a top-quality education accessible to deserving students, shaping tomorrow’s leaders and supporting research that is solving global problems – is a source of pride for us all.

Annual, flexible funding is critical to McGill’s success. These gifts go to work immediately to support the University’s most important initiatives, from scholarships to experiential learning opportunities for students. You may direct your gift to any faculty or area of McGill.

Taking part in this day of giving is a way of standing up and demonstrating your pride in the values of McGill and in the powerful role it has in society. Every single gift counts, no matter the size, for as more people give, every gift can count for more.


On March 13, your gift can have an even bigger impact, thanks to a number of challenges across the University. Here’s how they work: challenges are created by generous donors who want to encourage others to join them in supporting McGill by agreeing to “unlock” additional funds once a target number of donations is reached. For instance, a donor may propose that if at least 100 people give to a particular faculty, that donor will contribute an additional $10,000 to that area.


Amplify the impact of your gift:

  • Are you under 35? Did you graduate in the last 10 years? If so, when you give back on March 13, we will match your donation as part of our Young Alumni challenge.
  • We will also match every donation made to a Seeds of Change project on McGill’s crowdfunding platform.

Support your faculty:

Encourage fellow graduates of your faculty to join you in giving on March 13 so you can amplify the support your faculty receives! When your faculty surpasses a certain number of donations, a challenge donor will unlock even more funds for your faculty.

Be proud of your region:

Represent where you live by participating in a regional challenge. For instance, if you live in the United Kingdom or Toronto, encourage your local counterparts to join you in giving on March 13. Once your region surpasses a certain number of donations to any cause at McGill, a challenge donor will unlock even more funds for the University.

Faculty and staff:

McGill is an outstanding place to work, teach and conduct research. Represent McGill even further by participating in the Faculty & Staff Challenge on March 13! Once a certain number of donations are received from faculty & staff to any cause at McGill, a challenge donor will unlock even more funds for the University.


Show pride in your McGill student by supporting the area of your choice at the University towards the Parents challenge on March 13! Once a certain number of donations are received from Parents, a challenge donor will unlock even more funds for the University.

Stay tuned for updates on challenges!

What is McGill24?

McGill24 is a 24-hour digital fundraising campaign held on March 13, 2019, when alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty, and staff come together to show their pride in McGill through philanthropy. Last year, McGill24 – the largest fundraiser of its kind in Canadian university history – saw thousands of McGillians unite to raise nearly $1.9 million to support the world-class education and research that defines McGill. As the McGill24 tradition continues on March 13, each gift made to the University during this one-day period will support the causes that help drive change at the University and beyond.

How can I help spread the word?

There are many wonderful ways to get involved in McGill24. Help spread the word about McGill24 by joining the online conversation.

How do I decide where to give?

McGill24 provides the opportunity to give to an area of the University that is meaningful to you. When you give on March 13 through The McGill Fund, you provide vital support to the most immediate needs of the University. Gifts to faculties and schools provide essential support to departments, while contributions to key University priorities make a significant difference in the lives of students. To find out more, check out Where to Give. All gifts will be immediately put to work supporting the designated areas chosen by donors.

How can I give?

Gifts on McGill24 can be made using our secure online form. If you attend a McGill24-themed event on March 13, McGill volunteers will be on hand to help you make your gift. No matter how you choose to contribute, all gifts made on March 13 will be counted in the McGill24 totals.

What are McGill24-themed events?

Leading up to and on March 13, many McGill Alumni Association branches will host events in cities around the world. Check our event listings for more information, and keep your eyes open for news and updates about these exciting events!

What is TAG week?

TAG (“thank a giver”) week is a campus-wide event preceding McGill24 that brings awareness to the tangible impact of philanthropy on McGill. “Gift tags” placed throughout the downtown and Macdonald campuses will show students, faculty and staff how a variety of resources they depend on would not exist without the generosity of donors. TAG week will highlight the importance of giving back and the impact it has on the entire McGill community.

Will 100% of my gift go to my designated area?

Yes. McGill makes it a priority to ensure that each donor’s wishes are honoured.

Is there a minimum donation amount?

All gifts, regardless of size, are important and have a meaningful effect on students, faculty and the entire McGill community.

Are gifts tax deductible?

A Canadian tax receipt is automatically generated for online gifts of all dollar amounts. Gifts sent by mail or made over the phone must be CAD$15 or more to be eligible for tax receipts in Canada. Gifts made by alumni and parents are eligible for a tax receipt from the United States.

Can I create a payroll deduction if I am a McGill employee?

Yes! You may create a payroll deduction to celebrate McGill24, and to support the University throughout the year. Please use this form to set up a payroll deduction.

I live in the UKhow can I make my gift?

The easiest and most tax-effective way to support the University if you live in the UK is through the McGill University Trust by clicking here.

I have questions, who can I contact?

McGill University Advancement: 514-398-5000 | 1-800-567-5175 | mcgill24 [at] mcgill.ca (subject: McGill24)

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