Focus on our Future: an incredible response to support U of S students

David Stobbe /

Thanks to our generous community, our first-ever day of giving — Focus on our Future — was a great success. We received 387 gifts in a 24-hour period, contributing more than $586,000 to support our students!

These gifts will help students make the most of their time at the University of Saskatchewan and will make a tangible difference in their lives.

If you would like to support students by making a gift to the Annual Campaign for Students, please visit It is a gift that has a lasting impact.

On behalf of our students, and the University of Saskatchewan, I would like to thank you for your overwhelming support and for helping us focus on our future.

All the best,

Max FineDay

President, University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union

24 hours to support our students


Max FineDay is a third-year political studies student and president of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union

As the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) president, I’m here to speak for students. I want to make sure they’re getting the most out of their experience at the U of S. The best part of my job is talking with students—finding out their hopes and dreams, and their suggestions for the university.

Students are telling me that costs are a challenge. They’re having trouble paying their rent on time, affording transportation and healthy food, and buying textbooks. I’ve taken on a campaign to get cheaper textbooks for students so they don’t have to worry so much about that cost and can better focus on their studies. Every little bit helps.

They are also telling me about the great things they are doing in addition to their studies when they have the support they need. Students are volunteering at seniors’ homes, working on issues of social justice around the world, and focusing on Indigenous rights. I’m really proud to be president of the USSU because I get to see the great work students are doing every day at our university and in our community.

That’s why today, on Wednesday, December 18, the University of Saskatchewan’s first annual day of giving – Focus on our Future – is so important to me personally. Today our entire campus community, alumni and friends join together to support students — students I speak with, and advocate for, each and every day.  Today, we can help reward their academic achievements, provide them with financial support and peace of mind, and help them to continue to make a difference in our community.

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Coming Dec. 18! Support students as we focus on our future

 David Stobbe /

In my role as students’ union president, I have the fortune to work and speak with a lot of students at the University of Saskatchewan. I know better than anyone that our students embody traits we all value and respect: they are hardworking, they give back to their communities, and they are truly making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

But they can’t always do it alone. And that’s where you come in.

Watch your email on December 18 for your opportunity to support our students. It’s a special day, one that will give our entire U of S community a chance to pull together and focus on our future—the exceptional people that choose to study at our university.

Max FineDay

President, University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union

More info will be available on December 18 on our website,


Making a donation before the end of the year?

Students Monique Bews, left, and Srini Samarawickrama

To be eligible for a 2013 tax receipt, the University of Saskatchewan must receive your donation on or before December 31, 2013.

Though the university will be closed between December 24 and the morning of January 2, 2014, there are three ways you can make your donation this holiday season:

1. Call us at (306) 966-5186 and leave a message. A member of our staff will call you back within 24 hours to confirm your donation details. Please call us if you wish to donate shares to the university before year-end.

2. Give online with a credit card

3. Print out our donation form and mail it to Advancement & Community Engagement. Please note that your envelope must be postmarked on or before December 31st to qualify for a tax-deductible receipt for 2013.

Thank you for your support. Happy Holidays!