Commemorative Giving: In Honour or In Memoriam

Making a donation in honour or in memoriam

Making a donation is a wonderful way of paying tribute to a family member or friend, teacher or colleague. Your gift honours their influence and legacy in your life while supporting current and future students and researchers at UBC.

There are two ways to make an in honour or memorial gift.

1)  If you are donating by mail, simply include a note with your cheque indicating the name of the person you would like to pay tribute to. If you would like someone to be notified of your donation, please include their name and contact information. You can also make a donation by phone at 604.827.4111.

2)    Make a donation to a named fund. Special tribute funds are often established to honour or remember someone special. By making a donation to the named fund, you are paying tribute to that person, as well as supporting a UBC project that is meaningful to her/him.  Search for an in honour fund or search UBC’s memorial site.

Your charitable donation to UBC is tax deductible.


Setting up a special tribute fund

Special tribute funds at UBC can be established in honour of a person, special event or anniversary, or in memory of someone special who has passed. With a named award, you can choose the personal qualities or achievements that you would like to nurture and reward, such as academic achievement in a particular subject, leadership, community involvement, artistic or athletic achievement. This is a wonderful way to create a lasting tribute, providing a way of ensuring that the person or event can be recognized and celebrated for many years to come.

At the same time, a named award provides invaluable, ongoing support for current and future students and researchers at UBC. Your gift will help to support the next generation of professionals in your designated area of support, and help to enhance UBC’s national and international reputation in that area.

You may set up a tribute fund to support a faculty or a specific program of your choice, create a named award to be presented annually, or establish an endowed student award that can be awarded to students in perpetuity.

If you are remembering someone who has passed, you also have the option of a custom memorial page on UBC’s memorial site: This is an online tribute to the deceased that celebrates their life and connections to UBC, invites people to make a donation in their name, and provides an opportunity for friends and family to add their own memories and photographs. Many families find comfort in knowing that the site is there permanently, creating a lasting tribute to their loved one and their connection to UBC.

For more information or to set up a named fund, please contact Annual Giving at 604.827.4111 or email