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.