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Giving directly to projects on

December 17, 2014, 11:51am

As 2014 draws to a close, I’d like to take a moment to tell you about one of the year’s big achievements, the new Campus Montréal website. We’re very excited to introduce this innovative website designed to promote philanthropy within our university community while enhancing our fundraising activities with online and social media tools. When building it, we naturally looked at crowdfunding sites for inspiration. Both McGill and Concordia recently launched their own platforms, but Campus Montréal is the first fundraising campaign for a French-speaking university to go this route—and the way we do it a little different, too.

New special features

The new Campus Montréal website has several features borrowed from crowdfunding, including attention-grabbing content that highlights the social benefits of giving with videos, a photo gallery and social media share functions. Best of all, there’s a transactional component that automatically issues tax receipts in collaboration with the Fondation de Polytechnique and CanadaHelps.

A new source of fundraising

The new Campus Montréal platform promises to increase support for our flagship projects. Dedicated microsites have already been created for the Carabins and IDEOS projects, with others to come over the next few months. Since each project brings unique value to society, each will appeal to different types of donors. Everyone will find a meaningful cause to give to!

For the benefit of society

We’ve decided that each project description should emphasize the benefits to all levels of society, whether it’s within the university, at the local level or around the world. After all, community is at the heart of everything we do.

A project’s success depends entirely on how much we invest in it. I encourage all of you to give generously to our projects and share the news about them—and the good that they do—via social media or more traditional methods, such as contacting Fondation HEC Montréal, Fondation de Polytechnique and the Bureau du développement et des relations avec les diplômés de l’Université de Montréal. We all have the chance to make a difference, at home and abroad. May this new year set us all on a path toward a better future!

Happy holidays and all the best for the New Year!

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