Seneca Alumni

Alumni Pay it Forward Challenge

Pay It Forward Alumni Giving Challenge

The Pay It Forward Challenge was launched in 2016 to provide alumni with an opportunity to support students facing financial difficulties. Today, this has turned into an annual initiative creating a Pay It Forward movement – bringing alumni, students and corporations together. 

To date, 424 students have received a $500 bursary with $212,433 total donations received from our alumni and corporate donors. 

A $500 bursary is equivalent to 36 hours of work for a student earning minimum wage. Since 2016, 15,264 hours of free time have been gifted to deserving Seneca students – thanks to the Pay It Forward Challenge. 

This initiative continues to promote awareness about student financial need and how that need continues to grow. 

79 per cent of students are experiencing financial hardship

1 in 4 students have experienced food insecurity

3 out of 4 students has their employment affected

Nine out of 10 students are feeling anxiety and uncertainty about their future plans

10,000 students responded to this survey

Source: Seneca/Seneca Student Federation Survey, October 2020

2021 Campaign

Congratulations Seneca alumni, you did it!

Throughout the month of May, the Seneca Alumni community came together and rose to the challenge! We are beyond excited to announce 321 alumni paid it forward raising a record total of $24,933 — and unlocking an additional $20,000 in bursaries for students struggling financially. Thank you!

The final fundraising total of $44,933 demonstrates the collective power of bringing people together to give what they can. This is a new fundraising record and showcases the generosity and loyalty our alumni have for Seneca. Most importantly, the funds raised will have a direct and tangible impact on our students.

We are truly inspired and grateful for your generosity — especially in this incredibly challenging year.

We look forward to sharing an update on the 2021 Pay It Forward bursary recipients with you.

Contact Us

Pay It Forward Challenge Inquiries

Impact of Your Giving

Ways to Give

Online Payment

To make an online donation, please visit our donation page


Frequently Asked Questions

Every dollar you give goes directly to the Alumni Pay It Forward bursary. Seneca never spends donors funds on administration.

Yes. Tax receipts are issued for all donations of $20 and above. For online donations, a tax receipt will be generated and emailed to you. A tax receipt will be mailed for all donations received by cash or cheque. 

Yes. You can choose any public recognition for your contribution. For information on how to remain anonymous, please email Shannon Gaskell or call 416.491.5050 ext. 77771.