Why Give?

Maybe it’s that picture perfect moment on campus, a lesson in the classroom or on the court, field or ice, a lifelong friendship or the development of a passion for what matters to you. As a graduate, you know Acadia, but do you realize how important you are to Acadia today? A gift from you can help students reach their goals, enrich vibrant communities and sustain our University. It will have an effect now and create a platform for future generations of Acadia students.

Give now to our Alumni Fund.

Your loyalty to Acadia, expressed in gifts of many kinds, encourages us in our mission. Please consider philanthropic support of Acadia in ways that are personally meaningful to you. Your gifts will:

  • Inspire and enable bright young minds to experience an increasingly rare educational opportunity at one of Canada's best institutions;
  • Support an area of study, a project, or a student activity that interests you;
  • Motivate and encourage student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence;
  • Help researchers (faculty working with students) to discover answers to life's questions;
  • Preserve and protect the beautiful campus and buildings that are part of Acadia's heritage;
  • Give back by directing your gift to support the university's area of greatest need.


Every gift makes a difference. Thank you!

Barb Anderson

Barb Anderson (’77) enjoyed a career in public health nutrition and management before returning to her alma mater as a professor and director of Acadia’s School of Nutrition and Dietetics. The School offers its students real world experiences in food product development, sensory evaluation, food sustainability, and management of food. Community outreach that connects people to their food is just one aspect of how Anderson “gives back” – she’s also a donor. “I see the difference contributions make to our students and faculty as they conduct impactful research. I want to be a part of something bigger than myself. It just feels right to give back to Acadia.”

Clive Anderson

Clive V. Anderson (’89) went on to study law after earning a BA in French at Acadia. Today, he manages legal matters for an insurance provider in Southeast Asia. “For my wife Athline (’91) and me, supporting Acadia is something that’s a real point of pride and we feel strongly about the importance of giving back to our alma mater. The University has been a big part of our lives, and that’s now true for our son Ethan as well – he’s having a great experience, just like we did. I encourage all of my fellow alumni to make Acadia part of their annual charitable plan, and to contribute to whatever program or activity resonates most strongly – for me, it’s Acadia Athletics, and basketball in particular, but for others it might be student scholarships, their academic department, the University’s greatest needs, or the beautification of campus. Whatever the choice, giving back matters and helps to keep Acadia strong.”

Kevin Mullen

Kevin Mullen (’86) attended Acadia to sharpen his entrepreneurial skills. By his own account the now owner and president of Empire Kitchen and Bath in Calgary, Alberta says he wasn’t a “brilliant” student. He financed his education through bursaries and work. He graduated with a goal to “come back and create a program where you didn’t have to be an ‘A’ student to be eligible to get financial assistance.” That sparked the creation of the Roland and Leona Mullen business and entrance awards to honour his hard-working parents. “Acadia gave me a chance. I think that’s the number one thing that I’m trying to do with the scholarship program; just give people a chance.” 

"My family has had a long and wonderful relationship with Acadia. My grandfather, Curtis Chipman, received an honorary degree from the University and my father, Fred (’61), was a professor in Acadia’s Mathematics and Statistics department. I even took a math course from him during my undergraduate degree! My brother, two aunts and my wife are all Acadia graduates, and each of us has benefitted from the many gifts that Acadia provides. That’s why it’s important for me to give back. My monthly donations are directed toward scholarships so Acadia can continue to attract outstanding students and then encourage them to excel in their chosen field of endeavour."

Dr. Hugh Chipman (’90) Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Modeling Director of the Acadia Centre for Mathematical Modeling and Computation

"We are so pleased to have made contributions to Acadia and the community of Wolfville. Acadia University is part of our family heritage, with three generations of McCains as alumni, including my father; my brother and sister; a nephew who recently graduated from the business school; and a niece who is currently pursuing a science degree. We hope that our donations will improve an already great place, and help future generations to have wonderful experiences as students at Acadia."

Nancy McCain (’82) Donor and member of Acadia’s Board of Governors

"Scholarships [like the Spicer-Hennessey Scholar-Bursary] play a large role in helping students choose their university. While it is easy to get overwhelmed by the hours required for study, rewarding students’ dedication and hard work with scholarships encourages us to continually do our best. I am grateful for the support I have received from alumni in recognition of my achievements."

Brandon Shute 4th year Math and Business student.

Enjoy Tax Benefits

The Canadian income tax system encourages gifts to charities by granting tax credits to individual donors (corporations may claim deductions). For annual donations under $200, you will receive a tax credit of about 22 cents per dollar donated. In Nova Scotia, for donations exceeding $200, you receive even more - about 50 cents for every dollar donated!

These are federal and provincial tax credits. The provincial tax credit varies depending on the province in which you live. We encourage you to consult with a qualified financial advisor for the most accurate information regarding your personal taxation situation.

For more detailed information regarding charitable giving, please visit the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency website.

Additional Tax Tips

Charitable donations may be claimed up to an annual limit of 75% of net income (100% for gifts made in the year of death, including testamentary gifts such as bequests).

Individuals and corporations who donate shares or other securities get a tax break on any resulting capital gain. As of the May 2, 2006 Federal Budget, any capital gains arising on the donation of the securities will be tax-free.

The securities must be publicly traded on certain stock exchanges; for example, the TSE, the NYSE, or certain other listed exchanges.

Unclaimed charitable donations can also be carried forward up to 5 years.

Either spouse can claim the tax credit, regardless of which spouse's name is on the charitable donation receipt.

If you are considering a gift to Acadia University, we encourage you to seek professional financial and legal advice that takes into account your unique circumstances. We also urge you to discuss your gift with a University official prior to finalizing the details of your gift arrangement.


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Office of Advancement
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Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6
General Inquiries: 902.585.1459
To make a donation: 902.585.1876
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