COVID-19: Office of Development Operational Updates

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, staff at the Office of Development are working remotely. We continue to gratefully accept your gifts, with all receipts being sent by email. While we are maintaining an efficient receipting schedule, we do ask for your patience as it is possible our processing may experience occasional slow downs at this time.

We are in a dynamic and evolving environment regarding the status of activities supported by donated funds. We will do our utmost to communicate the related updates to you through this website and via email as they become available. Please check back regularly as plans may change over time. Specific contact information related to the FAQ's listed here is noted below. For all other inquiries, please email giving@mun.ca.

Please review the list of FAQ’s below for information related to your specific area of inquiry.

Q: Can I support a special fund for students directly impacted by COVID-19?
Q: What is the status of the fund I have established or support? Has my scholarship/award/bursary already been awarded for 2019-20?
Q: Is the Development Office open to receive drop-offs or in-person donations?

Q: What is the best way to give if I want to donate at this time?
Q: If I am an employee or retiree of Memorial, can I still give through payroll deducation?

Q: Is the Telefund (student calling program) continuing to operate in some form?
Q: What is the status on endowment reports and other scheduled activities related to my giving/gift?
Q: Where can I find general updates from Memorial on the university's response to the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing operations affecting students and other areas at Memorial?
Q: How do I connect with a representative of the Office of Development directly on an issue or with a question not addressed here?


Q: Can I support a special fund for students directly impacted by COVID-19?
A:
Yes. We have emergency funds for both graduate and undergraduate students. Currently they are focused on supporting students who are adversely affected by COVID-19. Not unlike many others in our society, we have a number of students who are in jeopardy due to unexpected costs and challenges. We are trying to prioritize and mitigate a range of different situations, including: student parents who are now unable to support their families due to job loss, individuals with extenuating medical conditions and those who face housing and/or food insecurity due to this crisis.

When you visit our online giving form, the areas of designation are Undergraduate Student Emergency Funding and SGS Graduate Student Emergency Fund. Note that these are the first two options that appear on the form in the 'Area of Designation' dropdown box. You can support these funds now by donating online. To learn more about these emergency funds, please visit mun.ca/COVID_EmergencyStudentFunds.

Q: What is the status of the fund I have established or support? Has my scholarship/bursary/award already been awarded for 2019-20?
A:
Scholarships, bursaries and awards for the 2019-20 academic year have been awarded. We are actively planning and working through a normal schedule for awarding scholarships, bursaries and awards for 2020-21. At present, all in-person recognition ceremonies are postponed until further notice, with plans for virtual or other approaches to be determined by the various units responsible.

If you have a specific question about your fund(s), please reach out to the Development Officer you have been working with or feel free to contact: Executive Director, Dr. Penny Blackwood at pablackw@mun.ca or 709-691-5534; or Manager, Advancement Services and Operations, Michelle Kearsey at mmkearsey@mun.ca or 709-693-1194.

Q: Is the Development Office open to receive drop-offs or in-person donations?
A: Please note that our office located at 20 Lambe’s Lane in St. John’s will not be open to receive in-person donations. We strongly encourage you to complete your donation online if at all possible. However, if you are unable to give online you may still send donations by mail. If you would like to donate in person, or if a receipt for a previous gift is required urgently, please reach out directly to the Development Officer you have been working with or feel free to contact: Accounting Clerk, Gift Entry, Penny Butler at pennyb@mun.ca or 709 631-4826; Manager, Advancement Services and Operations, Michelle Kearsey at mmkearsey@mun.ca or 709-693-1194; or Executive Director, Dr. Penny Blackwood at pablackw@mun.ca or 709-691-5534.

Q: What is the best way to give if I want to donate at this time?
A: It is preferred that donors who choose to give at this time please use our online donation form at mun.ca/giveonline. We strongly encourage you to complete your donation online, however you may still send donations by mail.

Q: If I am an employee or retiree of Memorial, can I still give through payroll deducation?
A:
Yes. You can set up your payroll deduction online or by mail. Detailed information can be found under 'Faculty and Staff Giving' located at mun.ca/give/how/. If you have additional questions, please contact: Accounting Clerk, Gift Entry, Penny Butler at pennyb@mun.ca or 709 631-4826; or Manager, Advancement Services and Operations, Michelle Kearsey at mmkearsey@mun.ca or 709-693-1194.

Q: Is the Telefund (student calling program) continuing to operate in some form?
A: For those alumni and donors who have not yet received a phone call from a student this year, please note that our Telefund program has been suspended until regular operations resume and the schedule permits for this activity to continue. If you would like to make your annual gift for this year, you can still do so online at mun.ca/giveonline.

Q: What is the status on endowment reports and other scheduled activities related to my giving/gift?
A: Delivery of the 2018-19 Endowment Reports has been completed. Work on the 2019-20 Endowment Report (for the period ending March 31, 2020) is also in progress with plans to deliver those reports by email in fall/winter 2020.  

Other activities related to donated funds, including scheduled professorships/lectureships and other development/donor events are being postponed until normal business processes resume. We will keep you informed when we are able to reschedule and reprioritize these various activities. If you have a specific question about the status of an event, or an initiative/award funded by your donation, please reach out directly to the Development Officer you have been working with or feel free to contact: Manager, Advancement Services and Operations, Michelle Kearsey at mmkearsey@mun.ca or 709-693-1194; or Executive Director, Dr. Penny Blackwood at pablackw@mun.ca or 709-691-5534.


Q: Where can I find general updates from Memorial on the university's response to the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing operations affecting students and other areas at Memorial?
A:
For regular updates on Memorial’s response, general information and operational activities in relation to the COVID-19 crisis, visit mun.ca/covid19.

Q: How do I connect with a representative of the Office of Development directly on an issue or with a question not addressed here?
A:
If you have further questions or concerns regarding the COVID-19 crisis and how it relates to giving or the Office of Development, please reach out directly to the Development Officer you have been working with or feel free to contact: Executive Director, Dr. Penny Blackwood at pablackw@mun.ca or 709-691-5534; or Associate Director, Jennifer O’Neill at joneill@mun.ca or 709-699-3021. The complete staff contact list and related email addresses can be found at mun.ca/give/contact.

We will continue to update this FAQ page with new information related to giving and the Office of Development during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please know that we extend our thoughts and support to all members of our global Memorial community, and your loved ones, at this challenging time.

Contact

Giving to Memorial | Office of Development

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000