Ways to Give

Whether you give a little or a lot, every donation counts! You have the flexibility to choose to make a one-time contribution or a commitment to pledge over multiple years, with different options for fulfilment. Here are the different ways you can support UBC Forestry students and faculty, and a greener future for us all:

Give online now

If you are ready to make an impact and support us now, you can easily make an online gift and specify your preferred causes by clicking on ‘Other’ in the drop-down menu provided in the link below. You have the option to make a one-time gift, create a recurring monthly gift or pay an existing pledge online.

Send a cheque or donate by Wire Transfer

We accept cheques payable to the “University of British Columbia”. Please specify the fund’s name you wish to contribute to on the memo line of your cheque and mail it to the address below: 

UBC Development – Faculty of Forestry 
David Strangway Building 
500 – 5950 University Blvd 
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3

If you prefer to make a donation by Wire Transfer or electronic Funds Transfer (EFTs), please contact us for further information.

Become a monthly donor and help provide stable funding 

Consider providing ongoing reliable funds to support our innovative research programs or students to achieve their highest potential. Simply click the link below to donate online, type the causes you wish to support under ‘Other’, and select the ‘Monthly’ option as your donation type.  

Choose UBC Forestry as the beneficiary of your retirement assets (RRSPs, RRIFs, and TFSAs)

Giving retirement assets to UBC Forestry is one of the easiest, most tax-effective way to support our innovative research and learning. Since upon passing, the total value of registered retirement accounts is considered fully taxable income, unless the funds can be rolled over to a surviving spouse or dependent child.

By naming ‘The University of British Columbia’ as a direct beneficiary of your RRSP, RRIF, or TFSA, you can avoid probate fees, ensuring more of your retirement assets goes to something that’s important to you. A donation to UBC can also offset taxes owed on other retirement assets. You may designate UBC as a 100% beneficiary or a partial beneficiary. Additionally, if you prefer to make withdrawals and donate during your lifetime, our UBC donation receipt can help offset taxes owing, benefiting those who have accumulated more in their RRSPs or RRIFs than they need and are concerned about their tax exposure.

For those who reside in the United States, we can also accept American retirement plans through The American Foundation for The University of British Columbia. Please contact us for more details.

Create and annual or endowed student award

Help UBC Forestry students to realize their dreams of becoming the next generation of leaders! Whether they go on to pursue careers in sustainable forestry, proactive wildfire management, urban forestry, natural resources conservation, the bioeconomy, wood science, or climate action, awards help unlock Forestry students’ potential, making their future accomplishments possible.

You have the option to support them through an award either annually or by creating an endowment that support students in perpetuity with the following criteria:

  • Annual Awards: If you wish to establish a recurring award on a year-to-year basis, the university requires an initial commitment of at least 2 to 5 years and a minimum financial commitment of $10,000.
  • Endowed awards: With this approach, the university utilizes the initial investment to generate an annual capital for the award, ensuring its sustainability. Over time, the fund grows, allowing the award’s value to increase gradually. To create an endowed award, a minimum commitment of $50,000 is required.

Please contact us if you are interested in creating an award to support UBC Forestry students.

Donate real estate or personal property, such as works of art or collections

Any non-cash donation, including items such as real estate, personal effects, equipment, materials, computer programs and artwork are gifts-in-kind. UBC Forestry welcomes any potential gifts-in-kind from individuals and companies. Once the gift is appraised, a tax receipt will be issued for the fair market value of the gift.

Please contact us so that we can assist you in understanding the benefits and costs for gifts-in-kind, which may include appraisals, taxes and legal advice related to the transfer.

Give in memory of someone special through a memorial gift 

Let us help celebrate your loved one’s life and legacy through a special tribute fund at UBC Forestry. You may set up a tribute fund to help fund advancements in a specific faculty or program of your choice, establish a named award1 to be presented annually, or create an endowed student award1 that can benefit students in perpetuity.  

We will also provide guidance in creating an online memorial page, offering friends and family with a platform to share photos and memories to create a lasting legacy to a person’s life. Donations can be directed to either an already established fund or a newly created fund. 

1 Both annual awards and endowed funds have minimum support requirements. Please contact us for more details. 

Give through securities, such as stocks, bonds, shares and mutual funds 

Empower our research and student learning at UBC Forestry by contributing through any public listed securities, including shares, bonds, warrants, stocks, mutual funds and segregated fund units. It’s important to note that this option is no longer tax-free.

Starting January 1, 2024, 30% of the capital gains will be taxable for high-income donors (earning $173,000+). Additionally, only half of the gift value will be eligible for a tax credit. Your support is invaluable, and we appreciate your understanding during these changes.

Please contact us if you need further assistance. 

Make a gift for the future through an estate gift or specific gift value in your will

While there are different types of planned gifts that can help you create a lasting legacy, gifts in wills are a popular choice due to their simplicity. You can designate to leave assets such as real estate, securities, or a specific dollar amount to UBC Forestry.

You can also make a residual bequest, donating all or a portion of your estate after all debts, taxes, expenses, and other bequests (gifts to loved ones) have been settled.

Please contact us to discuss in details.

Set up an endowment to provide lasting support for an area important to you 

Endowments provide steadfast and dependable support for our innovative research programs and students in perpetuality, benefiting both present and future generations. When you establish an endowment, your contribution is invested for the long term, with the annual interest directed to the area you wish to support.

Please contact us to discuss in details. 

Please get in touch to discuss in detail the best giving method or combination of methods that align with your philanthropic goals. We are pleased to work with you on this.