The Essential Campaign

About the Campaign

"The campaign was publically launched in 2014 with the goal of raising $100 million in support of students, applied research and facilities."

—Mike Meldrum, NAIT Associate Vice President of Advancement 

Celebrating $100 Million

As a leading polytechnic, NAIT’s hands-on, technology-based learning and industry services play a key role in advancing science, technology and environmental initiatives, health and safety, trades, and business. We’re recognized at home and around the world. Thanks to your continued support, we are essential to Alberta and beyond.

Watch the Video Case for Support

Our Priorities

We aspire to be the most relevant and responsive post-secondary institution in Canada and one of the world's leading polytechnics.


Join our Community

The Essential Campaign has over 3,827 supporters

New Donors 

Alumni & Staff

Industry Partners

Friends of NAIT

Our Supporters

Our Essential Effect 

NAIT delivers on its promises to students, industry and the province every day.

Through specialized training from highly-qualified faculty and staff, NAIT students graduate with real skills, relevant skills and knowledge, and are prepared for quick entry into rewarding careers. A NAIT education offers It’s the kind ofa return on investment that positions one for life, while contributing to a better future world for the next generation and those to come.

Why your gifts matter

We create real impact. Inspired by the people who believe in our students, and who create opportunities on our campus and in our community.  

Our Promise

Create your future NAIT

Help us keep the Essential Campaign going strong. If you have questions or would like to learn more about how to get involved, please contact us.

How to Give

See the Impact

Check out what our  community of supporters are doing to make a difference for our students.

Reason #23

Water a source of inspiration, cycle of giving

Alumnus sees importance of investing in water resources and students’ learning.   Find out more

Reason #16

Alberta business leader ready to take polytechnic to the next level

Fountain Tire CEO and campaign co-chair Brent Hesje has big plans for NAIT and the future of province’s automotive industry.

Reason #59

Bursary supports the full NAIT student experience

Alumni Georg Wowk encourages students to get involved and pursue learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

Reason #56

Crane operator soars to new heights

Morgan Bosch proudly serves as a role model for young women in trades.   Find out more

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