Donor Impact Report 2019

Four PhD students smile at the camera
You are not just supporting one person but a community, country and world.
—Godwin Nnko, PhD student 

Godwin Nnko is one of four PhD candidates who received donor funding from the Millennium Futures Fund and the Dr. Jean Downie Dey Memorial Award in the Faculty of Education. He, along with Kassim Dadi, William Pastory and Patrick Makokoro are researching strategies to increase access to education and student-focused learning in their countries of Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

“Your support is what enables students like me to build a better future where all children of the world have access to basic education and lifelong learning opportunities,” says Makokoro.

This is just one example of how your generosity ensures student success and creates vital impact for people, places and the planet. Together, each of your gifts contributes to building upon our strengths–our UVic Edge–and for that we are grateful.

Throughout this report you will see how your gifts are creating opportunities for students, researchers and programs that offer dynamic learning experiences in our extraordinary academic environment.

Zuomin Dong with colleagues in a marine vessel

Creating a sustainable future through clean energy

Donations fund research that provides greener solutions for marine vessels

UVic’s Clean Transportation Team, funded by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, is developing integrated modelling tools to transition marine vessels to optimized hybrid natural-gas / electric and pure electric propulsion systems. They hope to use these tools to customize engines that decrease emissions and impact on ocean life while not increasing operating costs.

Learn about the Clean Transportation Team
$6.1m
in donor-funded awards went to students
1 in 9
students is helped by a donor-funded award
3,295
donor-funded awards given out
Brianna poses with ACE mural

Empowering Indigenous artists

Funding for community partnerships supports entrepreneurs in Indigenous communities

The ACE for Artists program empowers Indigenous artists by sharing the knowledge needed to market and sell their work, as well as build a foundation of finance and operational business skills. The dynamic program brings Indigenous business owners into the classroom to mentor and network with students and forge community partnerships across British Columbia.

Learn about the ACE for Artists program
$9.2m
added to the endowments in 2018/2019
$470m
current value of the fund
$15.9m
distribution budget in 2019/2020
Danielle Claar underwater with a coral reef

Diving deeper into Coral Research

Helping students complete research with world-wide impact

Coral reefs are hugely important to maintain the health of oceans and the earth and yet, they are under threat from climate change and a host of other human created stressors. With support from donors, PhD student, Danielle Claar is researching how corals recover from damage in hopes of better understanding what we can do to protect and save what’s left of the world’s coral reefs.

Learn Danielle's story
$4.5m
donor-funded scholarships & athletic awards given to 2,183 students
214
donor-funded awards available to graduate students in 2018/2019
$1.3m
awarded to 435 graduate students in 2018/2019
Jacob Engstrom at an archaeological dig in Greece

Lessons of the past shape the future

Fostering extraordinary learning environments for undergraduate students

Thanks to awards like the Robert J Murphy Travel Award in Greek and Roman Studies, Jacob Engstrom was able to travel to Greece to participate in an archaeological dig. The program helped bring to life an era Jacob had only learned about from textbooks.

Read Jacob's story

4,795 donors gave $18.9m in 2018/19

Here's where it went:

2,740
alumni donors
1,378
new donors
450
faculty and staff donors
Thank you for supporting tomorrow’s leaders. The impact of your gifts can be seen in our UVic Edge - a combination of unique strengths that advance our vision to contribute to better futures for people and the planet through outstanding scholarship, engaged learning and real-life involvement.
—Jamie Cassels, President and Vice-Chancellor University of Victoria