At Brock University, annual giving forms the foundation of philanthropic support at the institution. Stemming from a community’s dream for a brighter future, Brock has grown as a result of the generosity that our alumni, parents and friends have shown throughout the years.
MAKING AN IMPACT AT BROCK AND WITHIN THE COMMUNITY
Donations of all amounts make a difference at Brock University. When the Brock Community bands together a true difference can be felt.
For instance, did you know that:
62% of all gifts received in 2018-19 were $100 or less, accounting for more than $150,000 raised!
86% of the number of gifts received for the Goodman School of business Expansion project were $100 or less.
Over the last 5 years, annual gifts under $100 allowed Brock to raise enough funds to create 28 Student Emergency Bursaries.
Annual Giving and the Call Centre
Every year Brock University students take to the phones to reach out the Brock Community to share updates about various events, volunteer opportunities and areas or initiatives that need support.
Each time you answer a call, you give a student the opportunity to speak with someone they can learn from. Many of our students are excited to speak with graduates of the University to see where their unique career paths and life experiences have taken them since Convocation. See what our featured callers are saying about their experience each month!
Featured Student Callers
Year of studies: 3
Program: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature and Language.
Interests: Outside of work and school I enjoy the arts and music.
“I enjoy working as a member of the Annual Giving office because of the way the job offers a space for me to achieve my personal goals and network with other students.”
I started working at the Annual Fund as a way to support myself throughout the school year, but mostly because I didn’t know anyone since I transferred to Brock in my second year. I thought it would be a great way to interact with all of Brock’s faculties.
Favourite moment: My favourite moment while working in the call centre has been hearing the stories that alumni and my fellow coworkers have to share about their experience with Brock and where life has taken them.
Year of studies: 5
Program: Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences
Interests: I’m a bit of a tree hugger, so hiking or just walks in the park or woods is always a good time for me.
“I’m a social butterfly, so getting a chance to speak to new people every day is perfect for me. I love the variety of stories and conversations I get!”
I’ve always worked in the service industry (serving, bartending, etc.) so I knew I wanted to stay in that realm, but wanted a new challenge and that’s when I saw the posting for student fundraisers.
Favourite moment: My favourite moment was when I realized I was making real connections with people and creating friendships. I was worried I wouldn’t really make any work friends because we would all be on the phone and in our own cubicles, but I was pleasantly surprised! I have met so many great people through the Annual Fund call centre.
Year of studies: 5
Program: Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Arts and Science
Interests: Outside of work I enjoy taking my dog on walks and hikes, as well as cooking and canning.
“I started working at the Annual Fund as a way to get more involved in the Brock Community and extend my network at Brock. I thought it would be a great way to learn more about Brock.”
Favourite moment: My favourite moment at the Annual Giving office so far has been realizing how much I have in common with Alumni.
Year of studies: 4
Program: Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies in Therapeutic Recreation
Interests: I love spending time with my friends, running and training with my varsity dragon boat team!
“I started to work at the annual fund to help support myself while at Brock but I also wanted to make connections with other people working for the University.
I enjoying working for the annual fund because I love to network with our past alumni who have gone into the working field. It gives me the opportunity to see what they’ve been able to do with their degree and tips they have for someone like myself who will be graduating soon.”
Favourite moment: My favourite memory in the call centre was when one of my coworkers started to give people advice, unknowingly, and we all just started to listen to what she would say to them. It was hilarious!
Year of studies: 4
Program: Bachelor of Business Administration
Interests: Outside of work and school I enjoy spending time with friends. Getting out of the house and being social/active is how I like to spend my free time.
“I started working at the call centre because the idea of a job that consisted of talking to others interested me. I am also pursuing a career in sales and this position was a great first step towards achieving this goal.
I enjoy working at the call centre because I really enjoy the conversations that I get to have with alumni as well as the many friends I have made who work alongside me.”
Favourite moment: My favourite moments are when I get to connect with others on the phone and have a meaningful conversation. Conversations like these always boost my energy and morale for the rest of the night.
Year of studies: 1
Program: Master of Arts in Sport Management
Interests: Outside of school and work I enjoy being active and reading. I participate in a variety of athletic activities such as lacrosse, rock climbing, hockey and European handball. Whenever I am not reading research, I read athlete autobiographies and business books for pleasure. Hanging out with friends is also something I enjoy doing with my free time.
“I began working at the Annual Giving office as an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and do something I have never done before; ask strangers for money. It was also a chance to work with friends I played on the lacrosse team with.
I enjoy working in the Annual Giving office because of the environment. As co-workers, we work physically close together and are therefore able to know each other on a more personal level. Another reason I enjoy working in Annual Giving is because I get to speak to alumni of all ages and hear how about their Brock University experiences.
Favourite moment: My favourite moment was when I was on a shift with three other lacrosse teammates. We all sat side by side keeping the tone relaxed, but professional. It was interesting being in a work setting with those I am usually playing sports with.
Year of studies: 4
Program: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry
Interests: I love taking care of my 100+ houseplants and doing yoga.
“I saw the booth at vendor fair last year and I was intrigued by the idea of an on-campus job.”
I enjoy working in the Annual Giving office because I have the opportunity to converse with all different kinds of people.
Favourite moment: My favourite moments working in the call centre are when I have the opportunity to talk with people who pursued the same degree as me and get to learn how they transitioned.
What Areas Does Annual Giving Support?
Make an immediate, tangible difference in the lives of Brock students by giving to any of the following University priorities. From athletic programs to study facilities, every donor has the option to designate an area where they would like to make a difference.
Annual gifts provide vital resources to every student, program and department, every day.
Every gift, in any amount, helps make a difference.
When you make a donation to the Brock Fund, you provide Brock University with the opportunity to direct your donation to emerging priorities and campus needs. Your gift will be used immediately and will help to ensure that the student experience continues to come first.
Your support of The Brock Fund will help us:
- continue to provide a transformational university experience
- build research capacity
- foster inclusivity and accessibility
- enhance the life and vitality of our local region and beyond
Donate to the Brock Fund today and your gift will create an environment where our students continue to thrive.
Students face a wide variety of challenges during their time at University and some of these impact their mental health. Here at Brock we want to ensure the appropriate resources are available so that our students can manage and cope with their issues.
Currently, Brock University ranks first in mental health services as depicted by the Maclean’s University Rankings and your support will help to ensure that this can continue.
When you donate to the Student Wellness Fund you will be making a difference in the life of an overwhelmed student as they cope with stress, learn to study effectively and maintain a healthy life balance.
Click here to learn more about the counselling program run by the Brock University, Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre.
Brock University is constantly looking for new ways to discover, disseminate and apply new knowledge. It is a collective passion for innovation that drives the University and with your support we can build greater awareness for research excellence here at Brock University.
With your donation to Brock Research Fund you will help grow the culture of creative excellence and enhance research capacity.
We are incredibly proud of the research that faculties and departments generate at Brock University and the contributions that our researchers make to society.
Click here to learn more about research at Brock University.
At Brock University we recognize that personal growth from learning can manifest from a variety of forms. Whether it be through academic activities or through the pursuit of knowledge coming in the form of exploration, Brock looks to support students as they learn and develop and that is why your donation to the Teaching and Learning Fund will help support BaseCamp.
BaseCamp offers students the opportunity to meet new friends, learn more about the Niagara Region, and participate in an adventure that will help develop leadership skills.
Donate to the Teaching and Learning Fund today to help enhance a student’s overall experience at the University.
Click here to learn more about BaseCamp at Brock University.
At Brock University, students are presented with opportunities to grow, learn and mature. They experience all of the joys that accompany success and will learn to manage the challenges that they will face in every-day life. However, there are some students on campus who will not be able to experience the valuable lessons that Brock has to offer without receiving financial support.
That is why, Brock has introduced the Student Emergency Fund. This funding assists student who may have their education derailed by a particularly challenging time.
Your donation to the fund will help to ensure that students can continue the Brock experience.
Brock Sports is dedicated to providing quality sports programs and leadership opportunities for students in the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence. Through diverse learning experiences, Brock Sports helps students develop life-long skills for growth and advancement.
Your donation to Brock Sports will help the University continue to build upon its rich tradition of athletic excellence.