Giving Tuesday will support student financial aid at Lakehead University

Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.  

Tuesday, November 29 marks the seventh annual Giving Tuesday at Lakehead University. 

What started as a new initiative is now one of the biggest days of giving on the University’s calendar, with an incredible $543,000 in donations to Lakehead since 2016.

“Giving Tuesday has become a global movement for charities,” said Mike den Haan, Vice-President, External Relations at Lakehead University. 

“It is a day when the entire Lakehead family of employees, alumni and friends celebrate the way that philanthropy enables students to access a Lakehead education. Many people make this a day for their own giving-commitment to Lakehead University.”

Seen as the “opening day of the giving season,” Giving Tuesday is when charities, companies, and individuals join together to share their commitment, rally for their favourite causes, and think about others.

This year’s goal is to raise $108,000 in support of student scholarships, bursaries and awards.

A popular incentive returns in 2022, with the Alumni Association of Lakehead University matching all new gifts for scholarships, bursaries and awards 1:1, up to $52,000. 
“Alumni living and working all over the globe contribute to the success of Giving Tuesday at Lakehead University,” said Mark Tilbury, Alumni and Annual Giving Director at Lakehead University. 

“They recognize the need, because they were once students themselves. Their response to Giving Tuesday is their way of sharing it forward.” 

Alumni and friends all over the globe are encouraged to give what they can on Giving Tuesday.

You may visit the Giving Tuesday portal ( beginning at 12:01 am on November 29 until midnight. 

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Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2023 World Universities Rankings for the fourth consecutive year, and the number one university in the world with fewer than 10,000 students in THE’s 2022 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit

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