University Relations units work creatively and collaboratively with each other and partners on campus and in the community to uplift, to engage, to communicate, and to amplify and celebrate USask successes to support our aspirations to be The University the World Needs.

Advancement Communications

The Director of Advancement Communications leads the development, implementation and evaluation of the university’s overarching advancement communications program that includes fundraising, stewardship and alumni engagement, within University Relations and across the colleges and schools. The director is responsible for building the reputation and brand of the university through strategic communications and marketing, using a digital-first approach, targeted to alumni and development audiences and stakeholders.

Alumni Engagement

Alumni engagement work collaboratively to create and nurture relationships with a USask alumni through meaningful opportunities to connect, celebrate, grow and give. This team provides opportunities for alumni to connect with USask and to each other, celebrates alumni accomplishments and journeys, inspires personal and professional growth through life-long learning experiences, and instills a culture of philanthropy through volunteer and giving opportunities.

Annual Giving

Each year, gifts made by alumni and friends address the most pressing needs facing our people and our university. The annual giving program provides opportunities for alumni and our community to support students through awards, , emergency student funding, improving library resources, achieving health and excellence through Huskie Athletics or supporting a college, school or initiative important to them.

Campaign Management

Campaign Management is focused on coordination, planning and implementation of the university’s comprehensive campaign, including volunteer recruitment and management, metrics reporting, and strategy development for fundraising success. This unit works collaboratively across campus and to build a cohesive plan with a high level of visibility and momentum towards achieving the goals of the comprehensive campaign.

College Development

College Development works in partnership across campus to raise funds for USask strategic priorities. This unit includes advancement professionals working primarily within the University’s colleges to lead front-line fundraising efforts. Together, this team is engaged in finding ways to help our donors direct their gifts to areas that inspire them.

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Corporate and Foundation Relations works collaboratively across the USask campus to building meaningful partnerships with organizations and businesses in our community. Corporate and Foundation Relations works to match the philanthropic interests of key corporate and foundation donors to university needs.

Digital Strategy

Digital Strategy manages the growth of digital content to effectively and strategically deliver university's digital services to ensure they build and protect USask’s brand and reputation. This includes providing outstanding digital experiences through the delivery of high-quality, strategic content and engagement, leveraging digital platforms to tell the USask story and ensuring we are linking digital activity to USask’s vision and strategy.

Donations and Trusts

Our role is to provide trust advisory services; gift processing and issuing charitable tax receipts to our donors on behalf of the University of Saskatchewan. We recommend acceptance of gifts for Board of Governors’ approval and ensure compliance with CRA guidelines and align with University financial policy.

Donor Relations and Stewardship

Donor Relations ensures that USask supporters, regardless of amount or designation of their gift, feel valued, engaged and informed. It is focused on placing the donor at the centre of our plans to ensure an equitable, personalized and authentic experience for all donors to the university. Donor relations encompasses the university’s stewardship, acknowledgment, recognition and engagement program.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving supports donors making complex current and deferred gifts to the University. Planned Giving works directly with donors, their advisors, and other university colleagues, to provide expertise on a full range of planned giving options, including estate giving, to ensure donors can give in the most tax effective way possible for their financial situation.

Research and Pipeline

Our team is responsible for research, prospect identification, and pipeline management.

Systems and Records

Our team oversee data management and integrity of the Engage CRM database. We provide business analysis for new system functionality and requirements and oversee reporting and list outputs as required.

University Communications

University Communications leads and oversees the development and implementation of the university’s overarching news, media relations, and internal communications programs, in support of the university’s brand, University Plan and strategic directions. The unit is responsible for building, promoting and protecting the university’s reputation regionally, nationally and internationally through engaging and effective storytelling across a wide range of channels for a broad range of university and stakeholder audiences.