We are all innovators. We all play a part in what the future looks like—and, given the chance, we can make an impact on the world. That’s the principle behind the Future Minds Initiative, an annual opportunity for you to make a gift that will empower the people who walk through our doors to transform the world.
Our donors provide valuable support to innovative programs that empower UBC Sauder students to make a difference in the world. Taylor Davis, from the BCom Class of 2018, was supported by donors through the Sauder Innovation Fund, and her story shows the potential that donors help to unlock. After completing her first year of studies, she travelled with a UBC Sauder professor to Ethiopia for two months. There she met a female entrepreneur named Salem Kassahun, who became a role model for Taylor.
“Salem was the perfect example of the business woman I wanted to be. She had built up her business from nothing, but in a manner that remained true to her values. That was something that was really important to me.”
Taylor fell in love with one of Salem’s products, the7dayring. Once back in Canada, she created the7dayringproject, a social enterprise that sells Salem’s ring in Vancouver and uses the profits to support education initiatives in Ethiopia. So far the project has funded 14 girls’ clubs and nine high school scholarships, and it employs twelve women in Vancouver—demonstrating that a simple gift to support our students can have a far-reaching impact.
Please support the Future Minds Initiative through a donation to the Sauder Innovation Fund. Your gift will help our students develop the skills they need to become the next generation of responsible leaders, and follow in the footsteps of UBC Sauder-educated innovators like Taylor.