UVic students collaborating in the learning commons

Thanks to a generous gift bequeathed to the university by the late Dr. Jean Downie Dey, the new MacLaurin Learning Commons features computer work stations, large electronic displays, a print station and technical support for students to meet, work and recharge while on campus.

Photo: UVic Photo Services

The stories featured in the Donor Impact Report reflect how your gifts support our UVic edge – the unique combination of dynamic learning and vital impact in the extraordinary environment that is UVic. They show how your actions help students and researchers make positive contributions to people’s lives and our planet, making a real and lasting difference.

Through this report, we take a moment to celebrate and thank you.

Alexandra Cassivi conducts water quality testing in Malawi

Improving water accessibility for global health

Donors are addressing world environmental challenges through graduate awards

Support from donors is helping Alexandra Cassivi tackle global water accessibility issues. Her research in Malawi on contamination taking place between the source and the cup shows that the way people collect and store water hugely impacts health. She says “I was already passionate about water accessibility but my field work made me realize this is exactly what I should be doing—using science to make the world a better place.”

Learn more about Alexandra's research

Photo: Alexandra Cassivi

$6.9m
in donor-funded awards went to students
1 in 7
students is helped by a donor-funded award
3,397
donor-funded awards given out
Rory Hills in a UVic technology lab

Stepping up to the challenge

Donors are enabling undergraduate students to tackle real-world issues

Undergraduate student Rory Hills wants to use his love for science to help solve society’s toughest problems, like the opioid crisis and climate change. Donor support helped him dedicate time to an innovative drug-checking project in Victoria and complete his honours’ research on seaweed as a source of renewable energy. Oxford University is the next stop in Rory’s life mission to apply research to real-world issues.

Read Rory's story

Photo: Jennifer Kwan

$8.7m
added to the endowments in 2019/2020
$446m
current value of the fund
$15.8m
distribution budget in 2020/2021
Keenan Andrew at home

Recognizing a rising leader with big dreams

Donors give students opportunities to learn and lead in the community

Keenan Andrew found a strong circle of support in the Indigenous community at UVic, from mentors, to volunteer and research opportunities, to donors. At a crucial time for his family, he received awards recognizing his contributions to community. That support helped create further opportunities in Keenan’s interwoven academic and life goals as an Indigenous advocate and community leader.

Read Keenan's story

Photo: UVic Photo Services

$3.8m
donor-funded awards went to undergraduate students
$1.6m
donor-funded awards went to graduate students
$1.5m
donor-funded bursaries went to students
Grizzly bear with cubs eating grass in coastal BC

Informed advocacy protects precious BC ecosystems

Donors are adding capacity to lab’s research, teaching and outreach programs

The Applied Conservation Science lab’s proven success inspired a significant new investment in 2018 to establish the Raincoast Research Chair in Applied Conservation Science. This flexible donor funding allows the Chair, Dr. Chris Darimont, to grow the lab’s research, teaching and outreach programs, directly addressing pressing ecological issues in coastal BC. It also supports a new generation of community-engaged conservation scientists and wildlife advocates who are passionate about contributing to lasting change.

More on the Raincoast Research Chair

Photo: Ross Dixon / Raincoast Conservation Foundation

4,430 donors gave $19.1m in 2019/20

2,464
alumni donors
1,159
new donors
438
faculty and staff donors

I’m inspired and in awe of how the UVic community—donors, alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff—has risen to the unique challenges of 2020. As donors, your support for UVic provides stability to weather difficult circumstances and ensure we continue moving forward together.

Acts of solidarity are more important than ever, and your giving is a powerful demonstration of this. By contributing to UVic’s extraordinary academic environment, vital research efforts and dynamic learning opportunities, you help define the UVic community as one where we all work together to build a better future for people, places and the planet. Thank you.

—Jamie Cassels, President and Vice-Chancellor University of Victoria

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*This report highlights donor impact from the University of Victoria’s 2020 fiscal year: April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.