In a world searching for positive change, we have a rare opportunity to rebuild in a more inclusive and responsible way.
Deeply rooted in one of the world’s most diverse city regions, U of T brings a comprehensive approach to solving complex social, economic, and health issues at scale. Our unrivalled commitment to excellence, inclusion, and removing barriers to higher education opens up worlds of opportunity for students.
Defy Gravity: The Campaign for the University of Toronto will harness the power of our global community, including 640,000 alumni, 95,000 students, and 23,000 faculty and staff to fuel this vital work.
Together, we defy gravity
When the University of Toronto and its supporters rally together, we can achieve incredible things.
By peering into a life unlike your own, you can sympathize with others in an intimate way. The arts and humanities can be powerful catalysts for social change.
I believe that done ethically and equitably, energy can help to develop nations and lift people out of poverty.
Our campaign has two ambitious goals to meet today’s challenges
For the first time in U of T history, the campaign will include a goal for alumni engagement: to inspire 225,000 alumni to get involved as volunteers, mentors, donors, participants, and leaders and encourage them to contribute their time and talent to the University one million times collectively.
The campaign will also seek to raise $4 billion for the University’s highest priorities, a goal commensurate with our excellence, the breadth of our aspirations, the global footprint of our faculty, students, alumni, and donors, and our potential for life-changing impact.
Discover our Campaign PrioritiesThe campaign will advance U of T’s commitment to inclusive excellence and help the University bring together people from every conceivable background to create a healthier, more sustainable, and equitable world.
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From regenerating organs to inventing cutting-edge technology to reinventing undergraduate education, our community is making a critical difference.
Ways to participate
There are many ways to participate in the Defy Gravity campaign. Donate to an initiative that resonates with you, share your expertise or story, or connect with our diverse and vibrant global community of more than 640,000 alumni and friends.
When you share your time and expertise, you help students achieve their goals, aspirations, and prepare the next generation of leaders. Make a difference to our students—and to yourself!
Our lively events roster connects U of T alumni to fascinating people and ideas around the world. Learn the bold questions we’re asking. Become part of the conversation.
Tell us about a U of T professor, scholarship, or experience that has helped you grow—or share how participating in the U of T community is meaningful to you today.