Boundless: The Campaign for the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto has been building momentum in our extended community. The support of 11,126 alumni and friends to date is having a meaningful impact on some of the most critical challenges facing our city, country and planet. It has meant a substantial increase in financial support for undergraduate and graduate students, groundbreaking research, state-of-the facilities, as well as public education and engagement.
From the discovery of new planets beyond our solar system to the uncovering of ancient mosaics in Israel, the pace of new knowledge generation in almost every field of human endeavour has been accelerated.
Our impressive students, who come from every part of the globe, are finding incredible opportunities here, and finding their own ways to contribute back to society. They are advising the UN on the responsibility to protect. They are on the international scientific team that discovered gravitational waves. They are penning original works of literature as rising stars on the Canadian literary scene. They are researching the refugee crisis in Europe and learning about successful models of inclusive citizenship in some of the poorest regions in the global South.
And they have been inspired by the wisdom of our alumni, who give generously of their time and experience to mentor our students.
These are some of the stories that you will read about in the pages of this report, which is about your philanthropy in action. Philanthropy is defined as the desire to promote the welfare of others, as it finds expression in particular by the generous donation of money and time to good causes.
It is the impact of that spirit—which thousands of alumni and friends, faculty and staff have demonstrated—that we want to share with you. And it is that spirit that truly overwhelms us when we think about the boundless potential that is being realized every day at this great good place that is the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts & Science—because of you. Thank you for your tremendous support.
Professor David Cameron
FRSC, Dean of Arts & Science
Professor David Cameron,FRSC, Dean of Arts & Science and a donor, in front of Sidney Smith Hall. Photo: Jackie Shapiro.