Endowments at UBC

Endowments create meaningful legacies. They provide stable, dependable funding for UBC programs, students and faculty members.

Endowments provide much-needed ongoing support for:

  • scholarships
  • bursaries
  • professorships
  • chairs
  • student programs
  • research programs
  • teaching support
  • …and more

An endowment generates long-term support for UBC, for this generation and generations to come. Your gift is invested for the long term, and the annual interest from your gift is distributed according to the terms you have established. These terms are captured in the Endowment Trust Agreement, which is signed by you and the President of UBC.

Endowments help to transform the university and build a strong foundation for the present and the future. They provide enduring resources that benefit students and faculty members.

Creating a New Endowment

You may create a new endowment in any faculty, school, department or program at UBC, for either of our two campuses. This fund will be named for you, or you can choose to name your endowment in honour or in memory of a family member, friend, organization or colleague.

You can choose to have your endowed donations established within the main endowment pool or within the Sustainable Future Pool (SFP). The SFP was created in 2017 as a separate pool within the main endowment to test, validate and research investment strategies that specifically aim to materially lower carbon emissions and avoid fossil fuel holdings. All of UBC’s endowment is invested under its Responsible Investment Policy, and both fund pools are governed in accordance with UBC Endowment Policy 113 and managed by IMANT, the university’s investment company. For more information about the endowment and its investment, please visit UBC Endowment Governance.

For Student Awards (Scholarships and Bursaries)

For a Chair, Professorship, Research Program, Student Program

Reporting on Existing Endowments

Every year, the university provides a summary report for each endowed fund to the designated donor contact. It includes information on the impact that endowments are providing to our students, faculty members, programs and the community. The report also details the financial activity in the endowment account for the previous fiscal year. Further information is provided below on endowment performance and management.

Please contact us with any endowment inquiries: endowment.program@ubc.ca