We know our alumni are second to none! Through your personal, professional and academic experiences, you serve as a source of rich knowledge, unmatched passion and diverse insight that we want to tap into. Reconnect with your alma mater and help us build the best York imaginable for future generations of students by volunteering and staying connected with us.
Check out our available opportunities below. If you have ideas for other ways York U grads can come together and get involved with the University, please contact Community & Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-650-8220.
Giving online is secure, quick and easy. You can make a gift in a single payment, a larger pledge with regular contributions over a period of time or join our monthly giving program. If you are a York faculty or staff member wishing to donate through payroll deduction, please call 416-650-8210.
If you would like to make a gift by cheque, please mail it to:
West Office Building
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, Ont. M3J 1P3
Choosing the right partners makes a world of difference
Why we have affinity programs
The Division of Advancement manages a variety of programs and services for alumni and students, including scholarships, networking events, Homecoming, York U at Rogers Cup, award recognition events across the country, York U Magazine, Career Conversations series and the TASTE program, etc. Affinity Programs help generate the funds needed to provide these programs.
How affinity partnerships benefit our alumni & students
We negotiate preferred rates on services for our alumni and help our alumni benefit from special promotions. The arrangement with each Affinity Partner varies, but in general, we receive a percentage of the net fees or purchases. This means that every time you make a purchase, a portion of the profit is paid to York University.
Current affinity partners
We currently have partnerships agreements with:
- TD Insurance Meloche Monnex
- Manulife Financial
- MBNA Affinity MasterCard
- Tempo Framing Services
- Hertz Rental Car
- Choice Hotels
How affinity partners are selected
Vendors are carefully screened by members of The Division of Advancement with the support of an Affinity Committee to ensure that the company is reputable and its services are of value to our alumni. If the proposal passes the value test then a partnership is put in place. The Affinity Committee consists of senior volunteers from our Alumni Association Board as well as corporate administration.
We respect your privacy
From time to time we will send information regarding alumni benefits and services to alumni. The Division of Advancement oversees the distribution of all marketing materials; personal information remains confidential and is never released to any of our affinity partners. Just like we protect the privacy of our alumni by never releasing contact information directly to our affinity partners, our affinity partners also protect their clients' privacy. They will share aggregate data with us so we know how many alumni take part in their programs/services but we never know specific names.
If you prefer not to receive information regarding Affinity Programs you can manage your communication preferences online.
Things you can do
Inspire and be inspired by volunteering with one of York’s many mentorship programs!
As a mentor at York, you'll provide York students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful career and personal growth exploration. The role of mentor is also an invaluable way for you to expand on your leadership and human resources skills.
Sign up for one of our mentorship opportunities below. You'll be making a difference to students and recent grads and be pleasantly surprised at how much you get out of it as well.
- Take A Student To Eat (TASTE)
- Faculty of Environmental Studies
- Faculty of Fine Arts
- Professional Engineers Ontario York Chapter
If you know of other available York mentorship opportunities, please contact Community & Alumni Relations at email@example.com or 416-650-8220.
No matter where you’re located, networks are a great way of getting involved with York and tapping into our growing alumni network. Networks keep our grads connected after leaving York through tons of great networking and social events each year. Join a network, or start a new one!
In the Community
With York’s unique focus on social responsibility, we understand the importance of giving back to the community. Each year, we organize a variety of annual alumni volunteer days that bring grads of all kinds together in the spirit of making a difference.
For more information about future opportunities to get involved with York in the community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Conversations is a series of panel discussions that focus on a variety of industries and are designed to provide students with the opportunity to connect with potential employers and other grads.
Interested in being a panelist for an upcoming event? Sign up today!
Inspire the next generation of alumni by volunteering to share your York experience. We're looking for alumni volunteers to reach out to newly admitted students with a personal phone call that will help lay the groundwork for their experience at York.
Learn more about the alumni-student recruitment program by emailing email@example.com.
Submit Your Story
Are you a recent York grad with a personal, professional or academic experience to share with the rest of the alumni and friends community?
Any submissions or questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.