On February 11, 2019, Carleton announced that we have officially surpassed the $300 million goal of our Collaborate Campaign! The campaign continues and will officially close at a community celebration on April 17, 2019.

In an effort to show our gratitude and to commemorate the outcomes we achieved together through Collaborate, we’ve launched a nine-week digital initiative called Thank You Thursday. Each Thursday, we will share the positive impact realized through the campaign in various priority areas thanks to the generosity of our donors. THANK YOU for all your support—cheers to being Here for Good!


Students are at the heart of everything we do as a post-secondary institution. Whether it’s through providing financial support, facilitating a well-rounded student experience, or enabling opportunities for personal and professional growth, we strive to serve the needs of our students.

With generous support from our donors throughout Collaborate, we’ve done just that. For example:

  • We have established and improved upon initiatives that facilitate community-engaged learning experiences and amplify students’ personal and professional growth. With support from multiple donors and as well as crowdfunding efforts, we established the Fund for Good and helped grow the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. The Fund for Good provides resources to students to support out-of-classroom initiatives that enhance their learning and help them understand the impact they can have on the world. ASB allows students to travel and connect with domestic and international partners that are committed to positive social change;
  • Through collaborations with local organizations, unique internship programs have been established to help students gain practical work experience. The new Shopify internship program enables students to simultaneously pursue a Bachelor of Computer Science degree and an internship at Shopify (while receiving financial support from Shopify in the form of salary and tuition);
  • We help students in the Faculty of Science to develop and hone applied research and investigative skills through paid research internships and field placements, including the Dean’s Summer Research Internship (DSRI), the Health Science Research Internship (HSRI), and Health Sciences Field Placements. The DSRI program has been supported by the Office of the Dean of Science and by crowdfunding and enables students to do research through the summer to supplement their learning and gain experience in areas relevant to their degrees. HSRIs give Health Sciences students the opportunity to work in leading researchers’ labs on real scientific health issues. The HSRI program was launched with a lead gift from the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation; following the foundation’s leadership in this area, several other Health Sciences Research Internships have been initiated and endowed at Carleton with the support of donors. Crowdfunding efforts from alumni, community members, and other supporters continue to supplement and expand the HSRI program. Through Health Sciences Field Placements, students gain the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to rapidly evolving healthcare and research landscapes locally and internationally. Field placements with diverse organizations are supported by the Health Sciences Field Placement Endowment Fund, a FutureFunder project that thrives thanks to contributions from alumni, faculty, staff, retirees, and other supporters;
  • In the Faculty of Engineering and Design, we help students enhance their learning and increase their ability to make significant contributions to their fields by supporting experiential learning opportunities. The Civil and Environmental Student Experience Fund provides resources for a wide range of opportunities outside of regular degree requirements—for example, attending conferences and workshops and participating in competitions. Similarly, the Capstone Design Project Fund makes resources and equipment available to students who are working on fourth-year projects that allow them to apply their skills and knowledge in a tangible way. Both the Civil and Environmental Student Experience Fund and the Capstone Design Project Fund are supported by multiple donors and crowdfunding efforts on FutureFunder;
  • Students were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore Antarctica from a scientific perspective while connecting with other young scholars during a 10-day educational trip to the Antarctic continent. The trip was made possible thanks to a partnership with Students on Ice and through crowdfunding support—the Students on Ice trip was one of the first projects on FutureFunder;
  • We have empowered our business students to bring their classroom learning to life by participating in case competitions that require them to analyze and solve real business problems. Through Sprott Competes, students receive coaching from faculty and industry professionals that enable them to thrive in renowned case competitions across the world. The Sprott Competes program receives support from various donors through FutureFunder;
  • Students in financial need have been given the opportunity to learn and pursue academic excellence thanks to various student awards established by the Maurice Price Foundation, one of the founding donors of the College of Humanities;
  • Students from all faculties, with a preference given to students who are actively involved in extracurricular activities, are eligible for support through the Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) Bursary Fund. The award was endowed with a generous gift from CUSA;
  • In an effort to support student enrichment initiatives such as library collections, athletics, and student experience, the Carleton University Alumni Association (CUAA) has made transformational gifts through Carleton;
  • We have provided low-level mental health support to students on campus through the Carleton Therapy Dogs program, which has recently been expanded from one dog to seven dogs thanks to financial support through FutureFunder;
  • Donors and supporters have helped us provide leadership and personal development opportunities to students through athletics programs. The Men’s Basketball team (through the Dunsmore Challenge), the Men’s Hockey team (through Bob Fairweather’s establishment of the Bald Raven Challenge), and the Swim team (through dedicated and adept crowdfunding efforts) have all received impactful financial support.