Reporting to the Vice-Principal, Development and Alumni Relations, DAR staff collaborates with the faculties, schools and departments of McGill University to meet the goals of the institution. DAR’s many programs and activities help the University establish and maintain strong relationships with alumni, donors and potential donors. There are two primary units within Development and Alumni Relations:
Development staff members work with the university community to create and build relationships with friends and donors. The Development team ensures that, through the various branches of the Annual Fund, Reunion Class Gifts, planned giving, periodic comprehensive campaigns, and special fundraising initiatives, donors and potential donors to McGill can give to the University in ways that meet their personal giving priorities and the University’s overall needs.
2. Alumni Relations
Alumni Relations serves as a link between McGill and its 215,000 graduates worldwide. The team uses award-winning communication vehicles, signature annual events like Homecoming, as well as Montreal-based and regional branch activities to help alumni remain connected with the University or find opportunities for social interaction and networking with fellow graduates. Within Alumni Relations, the Alumni Services division coordinates a number of revenue-generating programs with affinity partners to offer products to alumni and friends at special group rates. Alumni Services also runs the annual travel program. The revenue generated by these activities is used to defray the costs of some alumni programming and helps support student projects, clubs and sports teams.