About Us


Royal University Hospital (RUH) Foundation was established in 1983, and has since raised and invested more than $170 million of donor funds into innovative research, education, and patient care priorities for health-care advancements at RUH. Working together with donors and medical teams, we are helping to save lives.

RUH continues to enhance its programs and services through innovation, technology and research, ultimately improving patient outcomes. This provides a great opportunity for donors to support transformational care for patients and provide a difference in health care for the people of Saskatchewan. RUH Foundation continues to partner with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to make that happen.

Strategic Plan 2022–2025

Our Vision

Health care that makes a difference

Our Mission

Advancing education, research and patient care at Royal University Hospital through excellence in philanthropy

The Values We Live By

As health-care stewards we are: Donor-Centred • Collaborative • Accountable • Committed • Inclusive

Our Strategic Priorities

  • Donor Relations & Fundraising
  • Stakeholder Relations
  • Board Governance
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Organizational Development

Imagine Canada Accreditation

In May 2014, Royal University Hospital Foundation was awarded the highest level of accreditation and shared the distinction of being one of the first charitable organizations in Saskatchewan to be accredited under Imagine Canada’s National Standards Program. In 2019, RUH Foundation was successfully re-accredited for five years. With this achievement, we join a growing community of more than 240 organizations dedicated to operational excellence.

The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and not-for-profits designed to strengthen practices and ensure transparency in five fundamental areas:

  • Board governance
  • Financial accountability and transparency
  • Fundraising
  • Staff management
  • Volunteer involvement

Our policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the Standards Program.

Royal University Hospital Foundation is also committed to resolving any complaints and concerns in a timely, fair, and consistent manner.

Why the Crocus

At first glance, a crocus looks like a small, delicate flower, but there’s so much more to it than that.

The small flower with big meaning.

In Saskatchewan, the crocus is the first sign of life in early spring, often poking through the snow.

Strength. Survival. Confidence.

No other flower can surpass it in resistance to our cold temperatures and harsh winds.

Life under severe conditions.

Known as the light bulb of the garden, the crocus seems to have been created just to brighten up its surroundings with such vibrant colours.

Cheerful. Glad. Generous.

The crocus is open during the day and closed at night to provide the plant with extra protection and longevity.

Enduring. Resilient. Youthful.

This little flower represents everything we stand for and that is why we proudly display the crocus as part of our logo.

A History of Generosity

Mission Possible: Operation New O.R. Campaign (2020-2023)

  • Funded much-needed new state-of-the-art equipment and other enhancements to RUH’s current operating rooms and related areas that were built in 1978

Ready When You Aren’t Campaign (2019-2020)

  • Supported the development of a Colorectal Health Centre
  • Ensured funding for a dedicated four-bed epilepsy monitoring unit
  • Funded Community Mental Health Endowment programs and research for patients living with mental illness
  • Lecture theatre upgrades  to allow medical staff and students to connect and learn with others across the province and around the world
  • Supported continuing education for medical professionals
  • Supported the purchase of innovative technology and equipment for improved patient care

Great Past Greater Future Campaign (2018–2019)

  • Created a dedicated six-bed Trauma Observation Unit
  • Upgraded the technology in the Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Labs
  • Funded Community Mental Health Endowment enhancements
  • Established 12 new quality improvement and programming initiatives for people living with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, and more
  • Supported the development of a pilot Cardio-Oncology Clinic
  • Funded physician and staff professional development, training and research

The GREATE.R. Campaign (2015–18)

  • Funding to equip and furnish RUH’s new Adult Emergency Department
  • Funded the pilot of the Trauma Program
  • Supported the upgrade and expansion the Pneumatic Tube System
  • Funded the seven-bed Emergency Department Mental Health Assessment Unit
  • Funded 30 new Code Blue Carts and monitors
  • Supported the development of and costs for the acquisition of the Q-Path System
  • Supported software and equipment upgrades to the Interventional Radiology Suite
  • Funded an MRI-Compatible Monitor
  • Funded the purchase of the O-Arm Imaging System for surgery
  • Funded the purchase of “MELODY” the telerobotic ultrasound system
  • Funded the purchase of bedside ultrasound equipment
  • Upgraded patient and family areas and programs
  • Supported professional development for staff, fellowships and research opportunities

Campaign for RUH (2013–15)

  • Supported purchase of the newest generation of angio biplane
  • Funded the pilot of the First Nations and Métis Health Service
  • Upgraded patient and family areas and programs
  • Supported education and research opportunities

Picture This! Campaign (2012–13)

  • Created Saskatchewan’s first PET/CT and the Nutrien Molecular Imaging Clinic Research Centre

Every Heart Matters Campaign (2011–12)

  • Constructed and equipped a world-class cardiac EP facility, the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation Electrophysiology Lab

Royal Vital Care Campaign (2009–11)

  • Purchased 104 state-of-the-art vital-sign monitors for adult and child acute care units

The Future in Mind Campaign (2007–09)

  • Supported the construction and equipping of the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health
  • Created the Community Mental Health Endowment, which continues to fund projects that bridge the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health and community-based agencies

Royal Care Campaign (2002–06)

  • Recruitment and retention of 15 specialists through Research Chairs, Professorships and Fellowship funding
  • Key diagnostic tools including Picture Archive System
  • Operating Room, Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit upgrades
  • Funding to build the new medical beamline

Priority Equipment Campaign (1996–2001)

  • Funded the purchase of leading-edge equipment and technology for clinical research and patient care

Kids Care I and II Campaign (1992–95)

  • Supported the creation of Saskatchewan’s first Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at RUH

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Campaign (1989–91)

  • Purchased Saskatchewan’s first MRI scanner

Priority Equipment Campaign (1983–88)

  • Funded the purchase of new equipment and technology for two RUH expansions


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