Giving

Gifts from alumni, parents, students, corporations, foundations and other friends help the UBC community to reach its goals of meeting the needs of Aboriginal students and communities and expanding the many leading programs addressing Aboriginal concerns across the university.

Donations may be made to programs, departments or initiatives on campus, or donors may wish to contribute to areas of greatest need. Please contact us for more information on programs and opportunities or contact UBC Development for more information about giving to Aboriginal initiatives.

We are extremely grateful for the assistance that we receive. Every gift makes a difference. Your support enriches the experiences of students, and through them, our community and our world. It supports valuable and necessary research and developing ways of working together that will shape our future.

Please see the stories below to learn how others have supported Aboriginal engagement at UBC.


UBC alumnus creates new entrance award for Aboriginal students

October 26, 2016 – “I think education is foundational for building a community, city, or nation,” says Barj Dhahan, UBC alumnus (BA 1983) and CEO of the Sandhurst Group, above. “Education leads to equality. It leads to opportunities for all.” Barj, who describes himself as “interested in a bit of everything,” comes from a family […]

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$1M fund to open doors for Aboriginal women studying business

September 22, 2015 – A $1-million gift from the family of Warren and Maureen Spitz will fund a new awards program at UBC’s Sauder School of Business benefiting Aboriginal women pursuing business studies. The Spitz Fellows Program was created in collaboration with the philanthropic Toronto-based family and accepted its first student this month. “Our hope […]

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Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health Gift Announcement

June 2, 2015 – The University of British Columbia celebrated two $1 million gifts — from Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon, and from Rudy, Patricia, Caroline and Rory North — to the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, on June 1, 2015. Inspirational address At the announcement, Ellie Parton, Kwakwaka’wakw, a third-year medical student at UBC, […]

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Two major gifts aim to grow ranks of Aboriginal health providers

News Release (June 1, 2015) – The University of British Columbia has received two $1-million donations to grow the number of Aboriginal doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health professionals. The pair of gifts – one from Chancellor Lindsay Gordon and his wife Elizabeth, and the other from Rudy, Patricia, Caroline and Rory North – […]

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Aboriginal business education initiatives at Sauder receive significant new support

May 29, 2015 – The work of the Sauder School of Business to contribute to British Columbia’s Aboriginal communities through business education will be reinforced by substantial new funding. With a gift of $250,000 from the Aquilini family, a leading Canadian business family based in Vancouver, Sauder will create the Aquilini Family Aboriginal Awards Program, […]

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