Mac Tag Day

Why are you seeing all these maroon tags?

In November for National Philanthropy Day, hundreds of Maroon Tags are posted on areas of campus that wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations made by members of the McMaster community. Each day, donations are made to improve student experience at McMaster; whether it's the quiet study room you finish your paper in, the building you attend class in every day, or even the scholarship or bursary you received. Donations made to the university by students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff make the difference between a mediocre student experience and one that is world class, unique and special to each student.

All donations are integral to enhancing the student experience at Mac. Although some donations get more recognition than others, the Maroon Tags are our chance to highlight the importance of all the charitable contributions made by our donors.  So, as you’re walking through the halls of the Student Centre, working out at the Pulse, or studying in the libraries, take note of the Maroon Tags adorning various objects, landmarks and buildings around the university and try to imagine what McMaster would be like without them.

Want to win some prizes? 

Tweet or Instagram a photo of the tags at your favourite donor funded spot on campus using #mactagday between November 15th and 17th and you'll be entered into a draw to win one of three $100 prepaid Visas.

Fun Donor Facts

McMaster University was founded thanks to Senator William McMaster. He left an endowment of $900,000 in his will which established McMaster University in 1887. You can read more about the Senator here.

In 1928, McMaster launched the "New McMaster Campaign", where McMaster Alumni and Friends contributed three quarters of the funding needed to move McMaster from Toronto to Hamilton. McMaster made it's home in Hamilton in 1930.

In 2002, the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) opened thanks to the generous donations from McMaster students, alumni, private donors, and investments from the University. 

There are many stories behind the buildings, study rooms, and other areas of campus, which you can read about at