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    We welcome and appreciate gifts of all sizes. The collective support of our many generous friends provides the margin of excellence that will distinguish our teaching and research.

    And because every gift, regardless of its size or type, supports our mission of educating the next generation of doctors, you are investing in the future of health care for Vancouver Island. For that, we are very grateful.

    There are many ways to support the Island Medical Program and experience the rewards of philanthropy while receiving tax benefits. The IMP Development Office can assist donors in exploring the best options for their financial and family situation.

    Direct contributions

    Many donors choose to make gifts of cash. Traditionally, such gifts are made by cheque. Giving online by credit card on UVic’s secure web site is an increasingly popular option. Donors may decide to make their outright cash gift in a single payment or spread the payments over a few years through a pledge.


    By spreading gift payments over a period of time, typically not more than five years, pledges allow donors to make larger commitments and fulfill them at a comfortable pace. Please contact us for personal assistance.

    Bequests / Planned Gifts

    Bequests often enable donors to give more than would have been possible during their lifetimes. Bequests may be kept private, and they can be changed during the donor's lifetime. Bequests are relatively easy to establish, often with just a simple addition to a will or revocable trust. And bequests are tax-wise -  gifts through bequests qualify for certain estate tax deductions.

    Visit UVic’s Planned Giving page to learn more about gifts of retirement plan assets, real property, and the complete range of life income gifts, including charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, and pooled income funds.

    Gifts of Securities

    Donors who choose to give appreciated securities can receive a charitable tax deduction for the full market value of the securities and avoid capital gains tax. Publicly traded securities held in a brokerage account may be transferred electronically to the University.

    Tribute Gifts

    Gifts made through any of the methods described above can be designated in honour or memory of a loved one or in celebration of a milestone event, such as a birthday or anniversary. If you chose to make a tribute gift, please contact us for personal assistance.

    Matching Gifts

    Many companies match the charitable gifts of their employees. To find out if your company offers a matching-gift program, please ask your Human Resources office.