Guide to gift opportunities

The Faculty of Humanities has identified many specific philanthropic funding opportunities where your support will make a real difference. You can designate your gift to support:

Gifts of all sizes are deeply appreciated and may be directed toward your specific interests. The full amount of your gift to the Faculty of Humanities will support the area of your choosing.

Create a fund

Whether you want to help a student, a program or a research initiative, establishing a fund is a fantastic way to support what you hold most dear. With a named fund, you can create a legacy in your name, honour the memory of a loved one or pay tribute to family members, colleagues or friends.

There are two types of funds that you can establish:

If you establish an annual fund, you will be providing annual support to the cause you care about for a fixed period of time. Annual funds are most often established to provide funding for an annual student award or an annual event, such as a public lecture. With a donation of $1,000 or more per year, for a minimum three-year commitment, you can establish a named annual fund.

Establishing an endowment is a great way for you to make large, transformative gifts to UVic. Endowing your donation allows you to have a long-term impact on the university that will benefit students far into the future.

Endowed gifts are invested by the University of Victoria Foundation to create a steady income stream—it pays out a yearly amount while the principal grows in perpetuity. Compared to annually funded gifts that have an immediate but short-term impact, endowments and their related benefits last forever and generate stable funding for donor-specified purposes, such as scholarships, professorships and chairs, buildings and academic programs. The threshold for establishing a named endowed fund is $25,000. Endowed funds may be named to honour a person, family or corporation.