Mission and Values

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Our Mission

We inspire and cultivate meaningful engagement and philanthropic support within our diverse communities to advance York’s excellence in education, research and community service. We also engage current and future alumni in the life of the University in its broadest sense. We aim to enrich the lives of our grads and build support among them so all alumni can benefit from, and contribute to, York's achievements and ambitions.

Our Values

We are ACCOUNTABLE to our alumni, supporters and the York communities. We believe in transparency and integrity. We set goals publicly and take responsibility for achieving them. We get things done.

We are COLLABORATIVE. We believe in teamwork, collegiality and respect for each other and we like to have fun. We know that advancement is more than just a job – it’s a passion.

We are ENTREPRENEURIAL. We are creative and driven to succeed. We empower each other to embrace new ideas and take risks. We are willing to try.

About Us

THE DIVISION OF ADVANCEMENT promotes York University’s teaching and research priorities by engaging our diverse community of alumni and friends to build long-term mutually-beneficial relationships and provide support to the university’s faculty and students.

The Division is comprised of three departments:

  • Advancement Services manages alumni and donor information and processes gifts to the University;
  • Community and Alumni Relations provides programs and services to 295,000+ York alumni worldwide;
  • Development leads efforts to promote and secure philanthropic support from alumni, donors, parents and friends;

This is an exciting time to be at York. The highly successful York to the Power of 50 fundraising campaign was generously supported by more than 30,000 alumni, donors and friends, allowing the University to undertake a wide variety of new projects. Taking an integrated approach, the Division of Advancement is building on this success to enhance York’s engagement with our many communities. Together with our partners across the University, we will enable York to become a leading research university in the 21st century.