Posted on 2 March 2015
Last year over 3,300 people gave time and money to the University and this number is set to grow. This vital support is wide-ranging; from enabling student hardship bursaries, scholarships and research as well as funding for clubs, societies and departments, to mentoring our students and providing routes to employment through internship and placements. Their gifts, alongside those of trusts and foundations, help to make York the place it is today.
In the last decade over £20m has been given by alumni and friends with £1.7m through Giving to York – the University’s mass giving programme for gifts under £1,000. Through Giving to York we have been able to fund 127 bursaries and 66 projects this year alone. Throughout Giving at York Week, you might spot pink Giving tags around campus. Each tag highlights something that wouldn't exist without the support of York's kind and generous donors.
Another highlight during Giving at York week is ‘Thank you Thursday’ (5 March), where we ask students and staff to help us say thanks to those who care and invest in the future of our University. Student ambassadors from YuCall, our student fundraising team, will be out and about telling our community about the impact our volunteers and donors have on day-to-day student life. Our Giving to York mascot, Bursary Bear, will also be on campus taking snaps with the University community.
Now is a great time to think about Giving. Greg Dyke, in his last year as Chancellor of York is matching each new gift to York and for new regular donations he will double their value. Staff can now give through tax efficiently to York, or to other charities through their payroll – this increases the amount received by the charity of choice at no cost to the donor.
We are asking everyone to Think York and get involved.