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Sheridan Donor FAQs

What is happening at Sheridan right now that can benefit from my support?

For over 45 years, Sheridan has been pushing the boundaries of higher education. From our roots as a one-campus, community college to our current position as the backbone of higher education that connects 1.6 million residents in three West GTA cities, Sheridan has continually evolved to help people, businesses and communities succeed.                                                

We are on a journey to be Canada’s premier undergraduate teaching university. Sheridan University will be a hub where learners of all ages can pursue different pathways to customize their education.  Our post graduate certificates will help those seeking the practical knowledge, hands-on experience and industry connections needed to augment an existing undergraduate degree and help kick-start a career. 

While other colleges may match our efforts to offer relevant degrees and create important pathways for learners, what will set Sheridan apart will be our ability to instill in our students a combination of the hard and soft skills needed to thrive in a future where success is increasingly tied to the power of ideas.

How many students are in need of financial assistance?

Year after year, students struggle to meet their tuition costs.  Sheridan has 18,000 fulltime students. Over 70% of them seek financial assistance. Government support provides for less than half of Sheridan’s funding needs for students and capital. Donations help Sheridan enhance and grow our programming as well as build the capital infrastructure needed to provide a premier education.

Can I direct my support to a specific program, award, scholarship or campus?

Absolutely. You can direct your donation where you would most like to help or we can apply your donation to our area of greatest need.

Are there any tax benefits for my donation?

Sheridan College will issue a tax receipt where allowable for all gifts of $20 or more. For gifts made through multiple payments, a year-end tax receipt will be issued.

How can I make a gift?

You can make a gift to Sheridan using our online donation form, by sending a cheque (payable to Sheridan College) to Sheridan College, Advancement Department, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville ON L6H 2L1, or by calling 905-815-4299 with your credit card information.

What are my rights as a donor?

Listed Below is a Donor Bill of Rights established to ensure the protection of our donors.

  1. To be informed of Sheridan’s mission, of the way Sheridan intends to use donated resources, and of our capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on Sheridan’s governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgement in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to Sheridan's most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured your gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about your donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law. Sheridan does not sell or trade personal donor information.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of Sheridan or hired solicitors.
  9. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and adopted in November 1993.