Alumni and donors Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a donation to support NSCAD and its students?

Please visit to make a donation. You may choose direct your gift to scholarships and bursaries, or another priority on the donation page. The COVID-19 epidemic is putting additional pressures on students returning to NSCAD or considering NSCAD. We want to make sure that economics are not a barrier for bright, talented and motivated people.

I need a copy of my 2019 tax receipt. How can I get one?

If you made your donation online through, simply log into your account to access your receipts.

If you donated by mail or on the phone, please contact We will reissue your receipt when remote work is no longer needed.

Please note, the date to file your income tax has been extended to June 1, 2020.

How is NSCAD supporting its students and faculty?

Thank you so much for your concern. We know many alumni have close relationships with faculty and technicians at the university. On Tuesday, March 17, NSCAD determined that, in order to safely complete the term, all courses would move to remote or alternative delivery. This will help students complete the term and allow the university to continue classes.

We’re all trying to navigate the impacts of disruption. Clearly, the Winter 2020 semester will not have a natural closure. Some students left unfinished projects and many missed in-person farewells to faculty, technicians and friends. Celebrations like the Fashion Show, the Student Art Awards, the year-end show, and the Graduation ceremony are all postponed. Faculty and staff, excepting essential services, have been working remotely since March 19.

As always, our first priority has been our students. Faculty and staff continue to demonstrate tremendous dedication as they work together to identify ways to preserve the winter 2020 semester. You can appreciate that NSCAD’s hands-on learning environment presented challenges when devising alternative delivery methods. Despite the complexity, NSCAD has put in place contingencies that are enabling students to complete this term through remote learning and other delivery alternatives as of Thursday, March 19, 2020. The 2020 winter semester will not be lost to our students who have invested so much in their work. Students scheduled to complete their degrees will be able to graduate.

Beyond academic needs, we’re also working with the Students’ Union (SUNCAD) to provide assistance to students facing food insecurity, and we are helping those whose housing situation is affected by the crisis through the support of our community here in Nova Scotia. At every opportunity we remind students of the emotional supports available to them through NSCAD. The students’ resilience is on display throughout this period of uncertainty. Their concern for each another and the community is the cornerstone of the empathy needed to succeed in arts, craft and design.

When will the spring events like Convocation, the Student Art Awards and the Fashion Show take place?

These events, and any gathering, have been postponed. NSCAD will advise our faculty, students, alumni, and community as we are able to provide more information.

If you were considering sponsoring the Student Art Awards and the Fashion Show, please contact We will need your help to make these events memorable!

I made a donation to NSCAD, will it be used for its intended purpose?

Yes. Donations will continue to support the designated purpose outlined by our donors.

When will alumni events resume?

 NSCAD is looking forward to engaging with its alumni community in Nova Scotia and around the world! The long-term impacts of COVID-19 are still unknown, but we are working to provide new ways for alumni to connect with NSCAD and one another.

If you are interested in getting involved, please let us know! Write to

What if I feel unwell?

Those with flu-like symptoms, who have not travelled internationally to an affected region, should stay at home. Call 811 to speak with a registered nurse in Nova Scotia or see a healthcare professional if you prefer. There is also a Government of Canada COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397.

To help you better understand if you need to talk to 811, please review this simple questionnaire.

Feeling anxious or stressed?

Visit NSCAD’s Wellness website to learn what services are available and how to access them.

Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167

Good2Talk Nova Scotia: 1-833-292-3698 (Professional counsellors provide free, anonymous and confidential telephone counselling to post-secondary students.)