Impact of Giving
2014 promises to be an exciting and transformational year for the University of Guelph. Our school has a rich history that dates back to 1874 and this year we will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a recognized University. We will also welcome our eighth president and celebrate the final year of The BetterPlanet Project, a $200-million fundraising campaign to help accelerate solutions to global challenges in areas where the University of Guelph excels: Food, Environment, Health, and Communities.
Students, faculty and staff join me in thanking you for your investment in the University of Guelph. Your philanthropic support has strengthened the University’s foundation and the significant impact it will have on our collective future.
The campaign has already created significant impact on a number of important areas. For example,
- The University of Guelph has helped save the American elm tree. By cloning survivors and reproducing a tree resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, researchers are protecting this tree and other species from extinction;
- The University has created the world’s first reference library of DNA barcodes which will help protect endangered species, monitor the environment and fight disease;
- U of G has uncovered ways to treat anemia in humans as well as to cure those suffering with serious gastrointestinal infections , like C. difficile;
- Scientists have successfully turned plant material waste into unique biobased plastics and bioproducts such as car parts, furniture and biodegradable plastic wrap; and,
- A unique program available to first-year students prepares our next generation of leaders by bringing real-world research into small discussion-oriented classrooms providing a link between research, teaching and learning.
These are just a few examples of what The BetterPlanet Project has accomplished due to the financial support of generous donors like you.
I am pleased to share with you our 2014 Impact of Giving calendar. In the following pages, you will read about a selection of the many stories behind gifts from the past year.
Each of us has unique and personal reasons for contributing to the University of Guelph. We care about our planet. We care for our University. Both individually and collectively we are having an impact on areas that are making the world a better place. Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment.
Tye Burt, BA ’80
Chair, The BetterPlanet Project
University of Guelph