Ways to Give

Your gift will have immediate impact on our students, faculty, and researchers.

You can choose to designate your gift to an area of special importance to you, or make your gift to OCAD U’s Greatest Needs to provide critical funding and budget-relieving resources.

Your gift can be made in several ways:

If you would like to make your gift by cheque, please address to:
Tonya Wray,
Annual Giving Officer, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
OCAD University
Development & Alumni Relations
100 McCaul St. Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

Information on 2017 Charitable Tax Receipts
If you are considering making a donation before the end of the year, please keep in mind the following deadlines in order to receive a charitable tax receipt for the 2017 tax year:

December 8, 2017 - Deadline for donating gifts of securities to OCAD U to allow time for processing before end of year

December 31, 2017 - Deadline for donations made by cheque. Cheques may be received into the first week of January but the cheque must be dated on or before December 31st and the envelope must be postmarked on or before December 31st.   

December 31, 2017 - Deadline for online donations.  Online donations greater than $20, received on or before December 31st 2017 will be provided an electronic 2017 tax receipt.

Planned Giving

A planned gift is a deferred form of giving. Donors make a commitment now to be fulfilled in the future. You have many options for planning a gift to OCAD University, including bequests, gifts of life insurance, RSPs, RRIFs, charitable remainder trusts  and charitable gift annuities.

For further information on making a planned gift, please contact:

Belinda Chun
Director, Major Gifts
416-977-6000 Ext. 485

If you have made a bequest or planned gift to OCAD University, please download and send us your Legacy Gift Confirmation Form.

In recognition of your thoughtful generosity, you will become a member of The 1876 Heritage Circle.

Named for the year of our founding as the Ontario College of Art in 1876, membership is automatic upon written confirmation of your planned gift intentions. The 1876 Heritage Circle provides recognition for OCAD University donors who have chosen to create a planned gift (bequest, insurance policy, etc.) to support the long-term future and vision of the University.

Annual Giving

Annual and monthly gifts from our alumni, employees, organizations, and friends allow OCAD University to provide our faculty leaders with the ability to respond to ongoing priorities and emerging opportunities.

You can direct your support to any fund within the university, whether it’s a particular faculty or program area that’s meaningful to you. Or you can allow us to determine the greatest need as they arise throughout the school year. Whichever you choose, no gift is too small to make a profound impact on our students and faculty alike.

Our Art & Design Society celebrates loyal donors who generously give $1,000 or more annually.  They play a lead role in pushing boundaries and the future of art and design.

Every year, many OCAD U Faculty and Staff go above and beyond their efforts and make a financial donation, demonstrating to the wider community that we believe in the future and vision of OCAD U. Gifts can be designated and made through payroll deduction (please download and save PDF to enable fillable feature).

To make your gift and inspire creative thought, please contact:

Tonya Wray
Annual Giving Officer, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
416.977.6000 x. 4780

Endowed Funds

An endowment fund is a permanent, self-sustaining source of funding. With a minimum donation of $25,000 (e.g., $5,000 a year for 5 years), you can establish a permanent named fund in support of an area at OCAD University that is important to you. Your endowed fund could support a scholarship, bursary, award, academic program or department. When a gift is endowed to the university, the principal cannot be touched and is invested for the long-term. The annual earnings from your gift are distributed to your designated area of support.

In this way, an endowment fund can grow and provide support for its designated purpose in perpetuity. When you establish an endowment fund, you create a permanent legacy of support for OCAD University.

Endowment FAQs

For more information on establishing an endowed fund, please contact:

Tonya Wray
Annual Giving Officer, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
416.977.6000 x. 4780

Corporate Partnerships

OCAD University offers a unique opportunity for corporations to tap into some of the most creative minds in Canada and the next generation of thought leaders.

Our students, faculty and graduates bring fresh ideas to the corporate world – providing leading-edge design and solving business challenges. From health care to banking, OCAD U’s corporate partners understand that art and design lie at the heart of creativity and innovation for all industries. They recognize that partnerships with OCAD U can fuel their research and development, and provide opportunities for philanthropic initiatives that align with their corporate brands.

OCAD U’s Corporate Partnerships program is completely customizable. We will work with you to create the right program to achieve your goals.

Commemorative giving

A gift to OCAD University is a wonderful way to remember and honour someone special. Commemorative giving provides recognition of the person for whom it is named. You may choose to make a commemorative gift to any of our featured online giving opportunities. Or, you may opt to support one of the existing commemorative giving funds below that have been established by family and friends.

If you would like to establish a commemorative fund please contact Tonya Wray at 416-911-6000 x 4780.

Will Davies Memorial Fund

On September 3rd, 2016, Will Davies passed away at 92 years old. He will be remembered as one of Canada’s most esteemed illustrators and OCAD University's greatest instructors. Friends and family are invited to donate in his memory.

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Wendy Coburn Scholarship for Art and Social Change

Established in memory of alumna and professor Wendy Coburn (AOCA, 1986). A Toronto-based artist whose studio practice included photography, sculpture, installation and video, Wendy Coburn was an associate professor at OCAD U, where she fostered research and peer support for studio production in the areas of sexuality, gender and LGBTQ issues.

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Elliot Joel Bursary

Established in loving memory of Elliot Joel (1970-2014), AOCA 1995, the Elliot Joel Endowment Fund will exist in perpetuity and a bursary will be granted annually to a qualified student in the 3rd or 4th year of the Drawing and Painting Program who is currently receiving mental health assistance from the university’s Health and Wellness Centre.

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John Madott Fine Arts Scholarship Fund

To celebrate the life and work of artist John Madott (1917-2012) in aid of the John Madott Fine Arts Scholarship Fund at OCAD U.

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Enid & Rod Robbie Prize

Established in 2014 with gifts from friends and family in memory of artist Enid Robbie, AOCA '73 and Rod Robbie, co-architect of the Sharp Centre for Design. The award is offered to a 4th year student on the basis of studio work in the Drawing & Painting Program.

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Mariah's Fund

In loving memory of former student Mariah Unger, to be directed to an endowed named scholarship that helps one Graphic Design student each year with the costs of studying abroad.

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Lisa Visser Graduate Scholarship

In celebration of Lisa Visser (1980-2013), colleagues and friends are asked to support the creation of a graduate scholarship in her name. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving incoming OCAD U graduate student on an annual basis.

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IARTS Project Fund

The IARTS Project Fund will bring Indian artists or designers to Canada where they will do a residency at OCAD University. Its purpose is meant to push the boundaries of creativity and the creative process in a new environment and new thinking. The IARTS Project Fund has been inspired by Arti Chandaria (1960-2015).

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Maggie Dorning Bursary Fund

OCAD supported Maggie Dorning in all of her endeavors and to honor this place that meant so much to her, Maggie's family, friends, colleagues and others are asked to support the creation of a memorial fund in her name. This fund will be used to support other non-traditional students at OCAD in the future.

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Birgid Ebsen Scholarship

Established in 2017 in memory of alumna Birgid (nee Ebsen) Thompson, AOCA 1959. This scholarship will be awarded to a top student in Year 2 of the Drawing and Painting program.

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OCAD University is a registered Canadian charity. No. 107797250RR0001. Gifts of over $10 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Development & Alumni Relations Contacts

Carole Beaulieu

Vice-President, Advancement & Board Secretariat


416-977-6000 Ext. 2466

Sandra Janzen

Director, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving


416-977-6000 Ext. 459

Robert McKay

Director, Sponsorship & Corporate Partnerships


416-977-6000 Ext. 485

Lisa Henry

Executive Assistant, Office of the Vice-President, Advancement & Board Secretariat


416-977-6000, Ext. 4888

Karen Henry

Coordinator, Donor Services


416-977-6000, Ext. 487