Defy Gravity Campaign
Join the Defy Gravity Campaign
Together, we build the future of good oral health.
We need your help to unlock the immense potential of our students and researchers, and to remain the number one dental school in Canada.
Donations help support special projects, renovations to our building, provide funding to students in need and bolster exemplary research.
To learn more and get involved, see our campaign priorities below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation with a member of our Alumni Relations and Advancement Team.
Better student and patient experiences are created through continued revitalization and modernization of our labs, clinics, and teaching and gathering spaces.
Bursaries, outreach trips, and scholarships enhance the student experience.
We invite you to explore how you can enrich a student’s life in dentistry school today.
Defy Gravity Campaign Cabinet
The Campaign Cabinet has been established to act as powerful advocates and ambassadors for the school, as well as for the University and the broader campaign. They are charged with helping to lead and support the campaign for the Faculty of Dentistry, as part of the larger University campaign.
- See our Campaign Cabinet Member Listing.
More Ways to Get Involved
Dean's Excellence Fund
Unrestricted dollars are especially prized for their flexibility to be directed, by the Dean to rapidly emerging areas. Unlike endowed gifts, these funds go to work right away, which means your philanthropy will have an immediate impact.
It could be infrastructure upgrades, student financial aid, curriculum innovation, research or other special projects.
The Dean's Excellence Fund is dedicated to the Dean's top priorities as they relate to advancing research and preparing future health leaders and ensure UofT Dentistry remains at the forefront of dental education, research and patient care.
Donate. Choose 'Dean’s Excellence Fund'.
The Annual Fund provides important unrestricted dollars that are dedicated to the Faculty’s top priorities.
By giving to this fund, you are providing flexible support which allows us to invest in activities that help support students now. Funds may be directed towards research, student travel or awards, experiential learning opportunities or equipment and clinic upgrades.
Donate. Choose 'Annual Fund'.
Access to Care
Every patient deserves access to quality care.
Help low-income patients receive expert dental care and our students gain the richest learning opportunities available.
Our Dentistry clinics attend more than 98,000 patient visits a year at a significantly reduced cost to the patient. However, disproportionately, our patients are from marginalized populations and those with low-income and even the low cost can prove to be too much.
For these patients, the Access to Care Fund provides financial assistance, allowing them to receive treatment and in doing so, enriches the educational experience of our students.
With more patients able to afford comprehensive treatment plans, students gain increased clinical opportunities and exposure to more sophisticated procedures. At the same time, students learn to recognize financial need, and how to present treatment options in a sensitive manner.
Donate. Choose 'Access to Care for Patients'.
Reunion class giving, specialty Friends and Alumni Day donations and more are available.
Donate. See 'More Giving Options'.
Gifts to the Faculty of Dentistry of $50,000 or more are considered major gifts. These may be pledged over a few years or can be one-time gifts.
Major gifts have the ability to transform education, student life and research.
Major gifts also provide the opportunity for donors to name their fund if they so choose creating a legacy at the Faculty for years to come.
- Student scholarships and bursaries
- Chairs and professorships
- Research funds
- Graduate fellowships
- Naming spaces within the building
- Naming the Faculty
Remembering U of T Dentistry in your estate with a planned gift is a visionary commitment.
You can establish your legacy through gift planning and bequests and allow you to make a strategic and affordable charitable donation that creates maximum impact.
- Gifts of bequests
- Retirement funds
- Stocks and securities
- Charitable remainder trusts
- Gifts of residual interest
- Life insurance
Bequest Wording for a general gift to the Faculty of Dentistry
“To pay The Governing Council of the University of Toronto ___% of the residue of my estate [or the sum of $___________]. It is my wish that the funds be used specifically by the Faculty of Dentistry, for the purposes and designs deemed to be of the highest priority by the Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, or their designate.”
If you are interested in any of the opportunities above, please contact:
Selina Esteves, Director of Advancement
The sponsorship program with the Faculty gives your company a platform to deliver your message to a highly receptive audience who later become powerful buyers and decision-makers when out in practice. Support for the school is support for our students! We have several philanthropic and sponsorship opportunities available.
To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Julia Al Akaila
How to make your gift
We would love to discuss any gifts you’d like to make, just contact one of the team listed below.
You can make your gift in many ways:
- Make a donation through a gift of stocks or mutual funds, with a cheque or credit card
- Sign up to become a recurring monthly donor
- Make a payroll deduction if you’re a staff or faculty member at U of T
- Leave a bequest in your will
Contact the team
Selina Esteves, Director of Advancement
Julia Al Akalia, Development Officer, Annual and Leadership Giving
Roshaan Hajira, Alumni Engagement Officer