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Giving Tuesday

A student with two braids in a pink sweater is wearing sprinkle glasses that say "Giving Tuesday" in beads on them. She's standing in front of a white background with colored sprinkle balloons.

On November 28, 2023 alumni, community members, employees and students came together to donate, participate in events and unlock dollars towards the Giving Tuesday goals. All those actions combined to make a big difference across campus—contributing to student-led initiatives, research that strengthens communities and programs that change lives.

Giving Tuesday is over for 2023, but the sprinkles will return in 2024! 

We welcome donations year-round to areas of greatest need.

Thank you

Results from Giving Tuesday 2023






out of $56,100 unlocked

Priority funds

See how much was raised for each of the four priority funds. Also, $8,329 in donations to the Giving Tuesday fund were distributed evenly between these funds.
Student Food Bank
Wood shelves with cans of soup and beans on them. A sign reads can limits: 1 tuna, 1 pineapple, 1 mushroom, 1corn, 1 peach slices, 1 fruit cocktail

More students than ever are relying on the campus food bank. Help students access nutritious, free food and household essentials.

Total raised: $42,872

Pathways to Education
Kyla Philips stands in front of a lawn wearing her grad cap and gown.

Provide vital financial aid to students by supporting scholarships, awards, and bursaries, where the need is greatest.

Total raised: $12,827

Student Wellness Centre
A person holding a rainbow umbrella walks towards the Student Wellness Centre. A sign says now open and lists counselling, health, and multifaith services.

Support student wellness programs promoting physical, mental and spiritual health.

Total raised: $16,012

ITOTELNEW̱TEL LTE: Learning From One Another (Elder Engagement)

Help students meaningfully access knowledge, teachings and support from Indigenous Elders.

Total raised: $8,702

See how much was raised for each of the featured funds.
Alumni Relations

Alumni fund

Support student activities, promote community engagement, and improve campus life through the Alumni Association's grant program.

Total raised: $270

Gustavson School of Business

Emergency bursary

Support business students when they need it most. Your gift will provide emergency assistance to students in the event of an unforeseen circumstance or financial crisis.

Total raised: $1,965


Leadership projects

Help provide customized, assistive technologies to a wide age range of clients in the community, with an eye towards identifying broad-impact technologies for future development. 

Total raised: $3,588

Co-op & Career Services

Changemaker Awards

Support awards that recognize co-op students who have made significant contributions to their workplace, their community, or to their own personal learning.

Total raised: $1,599

Division of Medical Sciences

Neuroscience Grad Student Association

Support students in the Division of Medical Sciences neuroscience program with relationship building activities with peers, professors and professionals.

Total raised: $2,944


Centre for Outreach Education (CORE)

Help provide a UVic Education student with invaluable hands-on teaching experience, while helping a child receive the learning support they need.

Total raised: $879

Engineering and Computer Science

2030 Initiative

Create opportunities for girls and women at every stage of the journey into STEM through mentorship programs and awards for women students and girls-only outreach programming.

Total raised: $3,565

Equity & Human Rights (EQHR)

Community Outreach

Help uplift Black voices by supporting events hosted by UVic's EQHR office during Black History Month 2024.

Total raised: $655

Fine Arts

Climate Disaster Project

Support journalism and environmental studies students investigating problems faced by disaster-affected communities as part of the University of Victoria’s Climate Disaster Project.

Total raised: $1,346

Human and Social Development

Indigenous student emergency fund

Support Indigenous students facing a financial crisis that could mean disrupting, or even ending, their studies.

Total raised: $2,935


Travel and learning scholarship

Help make exchange programs and field schools more accessible for undergraduate students in Humanities.

Total raised: $6,160

Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement (IACE)

Native Students Union

Support activities like feast nights, social events and training sessions that build a sense of community among Indigenous students.

Total raised: $550

International Centre for Students

International Student Support Award

Provide vital financial support to undergraduate international students who have demonstrated financial need.

Total raised: $834


Neil J. Sterritt Legacy Fellowship

Support PhD students engaged with community-based research in Indigenous legal orders.

Total raised: $2,715

UVic Libraries

Digital Initiatives

Provide students, faculty, staff, and community members with access to cutting-edge digital resources, including digitized archives, laptop loans, and workshops promoting digital literacy.

Total raised: $1,610


Science Rendezvous

Support this community event that gets kids in grades K-12, families and educators excited about STEM while UVic students showcase their research.

Total raised: $6,782

Social Sciences

Experiential learning fund

Equip social sciences students with the knowledge and skills they need to tackle real-world challenges by supporting them to participate in exchange, field school, and co-op placement programs.

Total raised: $1,961

Student Affairs

Student meal share program

Help reduce food insecurity for students. Your donation will directly provide funds for students to purchase meals and food.

Total raised: $1,401

Chair in Transgender Studies

Scholarships and fellowships

Support Trans+ undergrad and grad students. Your gift will drive social change and improve the well-being of Trans, nonbinary, two-spirit, and other gender-diverse people.

Total raised: $12,462


Inclusive recreation

Support inclusive and accessible recreation programming for the Greater Victoria community. Through a partnership between Vikes and CanAssist, your donation will create opportunities for participants of all abilities, for example wheelchair sports or adapted climbing.

Total raised: $449

Unlock challenges

Donation matching challenges

There is $48,100 in matching money available for priority and featured funds. Your gift can have double the impact! Check each fund's donate page for details.

  Unlocked: $48,100

Sponsorship challenges

$8,000 in sponsor money will be unlocked through alumni and student engagement on Giving Tuesday.

  Unlocked: $8,000

Giving Gramalanche

Each year the UVic community takes up the challenge to see who can sprinkle the most kindness and positivity across campus. Participants sent a record-breaking 1,088 Giving Grams!  

This is the final leaderboard for the 2023 Giving Gramalanche Challenge:

  • In top place this year is UVic Communications + Marketing (UCAM) 
  • Hot on their heels in second place is UVic Law (LAW)
  • In third place in the race is UVic Development Office (DEVT)
  • And almost on the podium, in fourth place, UVic Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost (VPAC)!

Thank you to everyone who took part.



About Giving Tuesday

UVic has been participating in Giving Tuesday since 2016. Since then, the event has generated more than $878,500 for a variety of programs and projects across the entire university—including student aid, student well-being, community-focused programs, research seed funds and much more.

After the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to focus on giving back. But more important than the individual donations, Giving Tuesday is a chance to see how much we can achieve when we come together for the causes we care about at UVic.

Why the sprinkles?

The sprinkles theme is a fun way to demonstrate how many small acts of giving (and taking part) contribute to the UVic experience.

What does Giving Tuesday fund?

Each year, campus partners select an initiative to promote on Giving Tuesday. These featured funds may support students or research within an academic area, or UVic initiatives in the wider community. This year, we are also promoting four priority funds which focus on student success, health and well-being. All donations, no matter the size, enrich the UVic experience!

Sponsors & partners

Thank you to our sponsors

UVic Alumni Association logo
Urban grocer logo
Heart pharmacy logo

Thank you to our partners

  • Blink Printing
  • Felicita’s
  • Phoenix Theatre
  • UVic Distribution Services
  • UVic Facilities Management
  • UVic Food Services
  • UVic Systems
  • Vikes

If you have any questions about UVic Giving Tuesday, please contact our Development Office at 250-472-4924, or send us an email.

Visit the UVic's giving website for ways to give to UVic year-round, or to read about the impact of giving.