Tell us which area of care you are passionate about, and your donation will support the equipment, program or initiative that matches your interest. Please donate now.

We would be pleased to provide you with additional information for your area of interest. Please call the RUH Foundation at 306.655.1984 or reach us by email.


Ways to Contribute

Your Gift. Your Choice.

There are many ways to make a difference at Royal University Hospital. With any gift of $10 or more, you will receive a charitable tax receipt. Choose the method that’s right for you.

Make a one time donation right here on our secure site using your credit card, or print, complete and drop off or mail in our Donation Form with your single donation or monthly giving commitment.

Area of Greatest Need

Every year, fundraising priorities are established based on projects the Saskatoon Health Region views as its highest priority areas for Royal University Hospital. These include research initiatives, capital projects, equipment, capacity-building programs, and other priorities that help to transform patient care.

Your generosity helps to support these and other priorities at RUH.

The Greatest Need. The Greatest Impact.

Donations to the area of greatest need provide the flexibility for our Foundation to respond quickly and strategically to the most urgent funding needs as they arise, including support for people, space, equipment, and world-class programs in research, education and patient care.

Monthly Donations

Monthly Donations are Affordable

By dividing your annual donation into twelve equal payments, you can meet your annual donation goals while staying within an easier to manage budget.

It is Easy to Keep Track of Your Donation

On the 15th of each month we deduct the set amount you decide from your chequing or credit card account. Your donation will appear on your monthly statement and you will receive one consolidated tax receipt for your monthly donations at the end of the year. Just complete and drop off or mail in our Donation Form with your monthly giving commitment.

It is easy to change, skip or cancel your donation. To change the amount, the schedule or to skip payments, email us at or call us at 1.306.655.1984 and we will gladly make the changes for you!

Designated Gifts

Tell us which area of care you are passionate about, and we will work with you so your donation will support the equipment, program or initiative that matches your interest.

Each year a portion of philanthropic contributions raised by the Royal University Foundation are directed by donors towards specific designated programs and initiatives. As a result these funds are not available for priorities as identified by the Saskatoon Health Region. Undesignated donations are accounted for in the Operating Fund and therefore incur all costs to operate a year-round fundraising foundation. Although it is reasonable for undesignated donations to support these efforts it is not unreasonable for beneficiary-designated initiatives and activities to also support a portion of these costs.

Because of this, designated gifts are subject to the Recovery of Fundraising Costs (ROFC) Policy approved by the Board of Directors on December 10, 2013

Tribute and Memorial Gifts

Remember a friend, family member, medical caregiver, or colleague who has touched your life and made the world a better place.

Remember someone special who made your day, or who has sadly passed away. Tribute gifts are a public and meaningful way to honour or give thanks to someone special, or to mark a special occasion. Memorial gifts respect the wishes and legacy of a loved one who has passed away. Either way, the gift is a lasting reminder that someone special has touched your life.

Employee Deductions

If you are an employee of the Saskatoon Health Region, you can choose to donate directly from your paycheque.

As physicians and staff within the Saskatoon Health Region, you know first-hand of the necessity for patient care items, up-to-date equipment, and training, education and research. You know the benefit of living in a community that cares.

Please consider supporting your second home by making a donation to the RUH Foundation. Your contribution will help us all continue to provide the highest level of care to those people whose lives and well-being may depend on it inside our healthcare system or in the community.

For more information or to request a charitable payroll deduction, visit the Saskatoon Health Region’s Payroll Deductions page (access to the Infonet required) or contact the SHR Payroll Department by email or telephone at 306.655.0900.

Major Gifts

Stocks, Bonds and Securities

By donating shares, you’ll enjoy tax benefits while seeing your wise investments pay dividends for patients and their families at RUH.

In 2011, Finlay and Faye Mackenzie made a gift of shares to the RUH Foundation in support of the Saskatchewan Epilepsy Program. Their generosity continues to help the program purchase specialized equipment for treatment and research.

In 2006, the federal government eliminated the capital gains tax on charitable gifts of publicly traded shares and other securities such as bonds and mutual funds. To benefit from this tax break, you must gift the shares and securities directly to the Foundation. The benefit is not realized if you sell first and gift the cash later.

You will need to instruct your broker to transfer the securities to RUH Foundation’s brokerage account and inform us by completing the Securities Transfer Form.

Shares Donations

By making a direct gift of shares and securities to RUH Foundation, you can double your tax advantage by completely eliminating the capital gains tax you would otherwise pay if you sold the securities and then donated the proceeds, receiving a tax receipt for the fair market value of the securities at the time of the transfer.

This combination of tax-exempt capital gains and charitable tax receipt enables you to make a significant gift at little cost.

For more information on making a gift of shares and other securities, please contact Lisa Laskowski, RUH Foundation’s Chief Development Officer, at 306.655.6530 or by email.

Leaving A Legacy

In this busy world, living your life with purpose can be challenging. Leaving a legacy with meaning doesn’t have to be.

By planning your generous donation with the advice from your trusted financial and legal counsel, your legacy gift will make an impact well into the future. A legacy gift, now or in your Will, not only benefits Royal University Hospital but also offers tax advantages to you and your heirs.

There are many legacy giving options:

  • Make a bequest in your Will—Find meaning by living generously today. Consider including RUH Foundation in your Will.
  • Give a gift of life insurance—Whether you donate a life insurance policy today, or make it a bequest in your Will, the Foundation will benefit from your generosity while you enjoy a significant tax advantage.
  • Set up a charitable remainder trust—A trust allows you to donate an asset such as stocks or real estate in the future, while retaining income from the asset during your lifetime.
  • Create an annuity—Donate today and receive a fixed regular payment every year, plus a tax receipt in the year the annuity is established.
  • Designate a registered asset—In some circumstances, you’ll see a tax benefit by donating your registered asset such as an RRSP or a RRIF to a registered charity.

With your promise of a legacy gift, you become a member of the RUH Foundation’s Guild of Friends, a special group of donors who have made provisions in their estate plan through Wills, life insurance, charitable remainder trusts, and other means to create a legacy of giving to Royal University Hospital Foundation that will continue long into the future. Members receive Lasting Impact, an annual newsletter celebrating legacy giving, invitations to exclusive events, a Guild of Friends pin and a certificate of appreciation.

For more information about legacy giving and to discuss your options, please contact Candace Boersma, RUH Foundation’s Annual and Legacy Giving Officer, at 306.655.6501 or by email.


The Gift That Keeps Giving

Endowments give back year after year—an investment in the health of future generations. The principal sum is untouched, while the distributable earnings are used to support a designated priority at Royal University Hospital. RUH Foundation manages a range of endowments valued at approximately $15 million.

You may create a new endowment or contribute to an existing endowment.

If you need information about an existing endowment or about creating a new endowment, contact Lisa Laskowski, RUH Foundation’s Director of Development, at 306.655.6530 or email.

Current Endowments:

The Nahid Baltzan Ahmad and Dr. Marc Baltzan Endowment – Supports cardiology and kidney research at Royal University Hospital.

Areva Wish Fund Endowment – Funds the purchase of small items that improve patient care at Royal University Hospital, particularly items for which there is no alternate source of funding.

Vivian K. Asher Memorial Fund – Assists and supports pharmacy education and research initiatives at Royal University Hospital.

Cameco Chair in Aboriginal Health Endowment – Supports a physician specialist in Aboriginal health at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine and Saskatoon Health Region’s Royal University Hospital.

Community Mental Health Endowment – Supports innovative initiatives that improve the mental health of individuals and/or raise awareness of mental health and addictions. These initiatives include research, education, programs for patients and their families while in hospital, patient support programs in the community, and equipment for patient care.

The following three endowment funds are in support of the Community Mental Health Endowment:

  • Tom and Nicole MacNeill Family Fund – Supports clinical research and related patient treatment programs in Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other spectrum-associated disorders including anxiety and phobias.
  • Patricia and Lawrence Rychjohn Family Fund – Supports innovative programs for the benefit of those affected by mental illness and addictions in our community and beyond.
  • University of Saskatchewan Academic Psychiatrists Fund – Supports psychiatric research and post-graduate psychiatric training.

The Donna and Tony Dagnone Endowment – Supports the Royal University Hospital Inspiration Award, recognizing a staff member, physician or volunteer whose leadership serves to inspire others at Royal University Hospital.

Danae Dupuis Memorial Endowment – Provides funding for areas of greatest need at Royal University Hospital.

Adrienne Eidem Memorial Scholarship Fund – Supports a nursing scholarship in recognition of academic achievement and enhanced health care proficiency.

The Donald Francis Endowment Fund – Supports programs and services that aid in the diagnosis and/or treatment of cancer patients at Royal University Hospital.

The Bernice E. (Betty) Godfrey Children’s Endowment Fund – Supports programs at Royal University Hospital dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children who have suffered accidental injuries.

John C. (Jack) and Bernice E. (Betty) Godfrey Fund – Funds the purchase of equipment for Unit 5000 for burn patients at Royal University Hospital.

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Scholarship Endowment – Provides scholarships for the education and training of medical personnel, other than physicians, who work with patients at Royal University Hospital.

Helping Hands Endowment Fund – Provides financial assistance for patients and families in need of essential items required as a result of their stay at Royal University Hospital.

Bryan Isinger Pediatric Care Endowment – Provides funds to support pediatric care and comfort including equipment and furnishings.

Sonja Jeffrey Memorial Fund – Supports medical school residents at Royal University Hospital pursuing specialized training in dissociative disorders as a result of psychological trauma.

Drs. Ivan Jen and Suzanne Yip Family Endowment Fund – Established in loving memory of their parents, Jim Kow Jen & Sue Lin Jen and David Sim Yip & Jean Yat Yip, supports cancer research and patient care, as well as cardiac patient care at Royal University Hospital.

Marlo L. Kelly Memorial Fund – Funds the purchase of equipment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal University Hospital.

Bill Lemko Memorial Fund – Funds the purchase of equipment that improves cancer care at Royal University Hospital.

W. Gordon MacDougall Memorial Fund – Supports research, training, and patient care at Royal University Hospital.

The Mark Family Legacy Endowment – Provides funding for priorities of cardiac-related programs at Royal University Hospital.

The Dr. Janet Markland Fund – Supports priorities for the Oncology Unit at Royal University Hospital.

Ostomy Fund – Funds equipment for the Ostomy Clinic at Royal University Hospital.

Pharmaceutical Services Fund – Supports education, research, and equipment in the Department of Pharmacy, Royal University Hospital.

PotashCorp Chair in Clinical Health Research – Provides dedicated time for a researcher to undertake clinical research at Royal University Hospital.

Princeton Scholarship – Provides educational funding for nurses, licensed practical nurses, and other medical professionals.

Dr. Ali Rajput Endowment for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Research – Supports research into Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders at Royal University Hospital.

Royal University Hospital Auxiliary Legacy Endowment – Supports the priority purchase of medical equipment and furnishings at RUH as well as funds annual Auxiliary scholarships and education.

SaskEnergy Centennial Research Fund in Children’s Health – Supports research projects at Royal University Hospital for the betterment of children’s health.

Hartley Sommerfeld Memorial Fund – Supports neurosciences at Royal University Hospital.

Jarret Stoll Patient Comfort Fund Endowment for Children at Royal University Hospital – Funds items and projects providing comfort, compassion, and care to hospitalized children and their families at Royal University Hospital.

Peter and Anna Zbeetnoff Memorial Fund – Supports the annual Peter and Anna Zbeetnoff Memorial Drug Therapy Decision-Making Conference for physicians, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners in Saskatchewan.

Gift in Kind

In addition to monetary gifts, we also accept other donations:

  • New Goods – Computers, software, furniture, artwork, office equipment, etc., that meet Saskatoon Health Region requirements.
  • Services – Mail services, administrative/financial support, etc.
  • Expertise – Legal, tax, or business advice; marketing; media and strategic planning, etc.

Support the RUH Gift Shop

Open for retail therapy, the RUH Gift Shop is located in the main mall at RUH. Shop hours are Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The shop is closed on stat holidays.

The shop offers unique gifts, jewelry, cards, flowers, toiletries, newspapers, toys, confectionery items, lottery tickets, and baby products.

Whether you need an essential item while in the hospital, a pick-me-up for a friend, gift for a newborn baby, or something special for yourself, you will be sure to find what you’re looking for at the RUH Gift Shop.

The Royal University Hospital Gift Shop has been in operation since 1978. Prior to 2014, the volunteer-led RUH Auxiliary operated the Gift Shop and through their hard work were able to contribute over $3 million to support much-needed equipment in RUH. In 2014, the Auxiliary was no longer able to run and manage the shop; therefore, the Royal University Hospital Foundation took over operations. Auxiliary members graciously continue to volunteer in the Gift Shop and proceeds will continue to support healthcare priorities at RUH.

For more information or to volunteer at the RUH Gift Shop, contact the RUH Gift Shop at 306.655.1042 or 306.655.2623 (manager) or by email.