This past summer, I spent an afternoon at the Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill, with members of the family of Dr. Marvelle Koffler and Dr. Murray Koffler, the pharmacy giant, major philanthropist and U of T alumnus who passed away last November. Back in 1995, the Kofflers donated their family estate on the Oak Ridges Moraine to the University; today it is a fully functioning field station, where students and scientists are studying biodiversity and the impact of urbanization on the natural environment.
As we took in the exciting work that is going on in the Reserve’s fields, ponds and new lab facilities, I was struck by the tremendous ripple effect that a single act of generosity can continue to have years later. In my role, I am fortunate to witness the impact that many acts of generosity by our global community of supporters have on our University every day.
When you give to the University of Toronto, you are investing in the promise and the power of higher education to seed discovery, advance knowledge and animate learning. Your support is making a tangible difference to our faculty and our students across the humanities, social sciences and sciences, and to the communities we serve.
Since the launch of the Boundless campaign, we have raised more than $305 million towards our goal of $325 million. This past fiscal year, 1,837 donors contributed $30,033,860.
We have also engaged 1,139 alumni as volunteers, more than 700 of whom have mentored 1,829 undergraduate and graduate students.
The diversity of people and projects featured in this report is a reflection of the depth and breadth of your contributions, and the causes that matter most to you.
On behalf of our faculty, students and staff, I thank you for your remarkable generosity and dedication to the Faculty of Arts & Science.
TOP: Field Notes: Visitors explore the grounds at the Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill.
ABOVE: Krista Slade, Executive Director of Advancement