Frequently Asked Questions

UBC Giving Day

What is a Giving Day?
A Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising event aimed at maximizing awareness and engagement in the community, while fundraising for causes that will make an impact on people’s lives and in our world.

When is UBC Giving Day?

UBC Giving Day is on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

How can people get involved?
Most of the participation is online and allows people to give, share messages to boost their favourite cause and encourage others to participate. Challenges throughout the day aim to build anticipation and motivate people to give in order to unlock additional funds for their cause(s). At UBC, people can watch the Giving Day total update in real-time on the Giving Day website.

What makes my donation on UBC Giving Day special?

On April 5, your contribution can make an even bigger impact, thanks to generous members of the UBC community. Your UBC Giving Day gift could be boosted by matching and challenge funds, unlocking even more support for your favourite cause, project or program. Be part of a day that showcases the spirit and generosity of the UBC community.

Why does UBC have a Giving Day?
Giving Day is about more than just philanthropy; it’s integral to creating a sense of pride in being part of UBC and what our broader community can achieve together.

When did Giving Days start at UBC?
UBC held its first-ever university-wide Giving Day in 2021, and it has now become an annual day of giving for UBC.

What difference can one day really make?

Giving Day is about the power of many. By joining forces, Giving Days can have a greater impact than any one person could on their own. In only 24 hours, donors and supporters can accomplish something great!

Giving Day Challenges

What are Giving Day Challenges?

Giving Day Challenges are a way for you to unlock even more funds for the cause you care about most. A challenge gift can be unlocked once it meets a set goal on April 5. Our generous donor community has donated funds to create Giving Day challenges to motivate others to give on April 5.

How are challenge funds allocated to Giving Day causes?

Challenges could be unlocked and It depends on the challenge. Find out more here.

Making a gift

How can I make a gift to UBC Giving Day?

  • Donate online at
  • Call us at 1-877-717-GIVE between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm PST
  • Mail a donation
    • Complete the Printable Gift Form (link to form)
    • Make your cheque payable to the University of British Columbia
    • Mail to:
      UBC Annual Giving
      500-5950 University Blvd
      Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z3

*if possible, please send your cheques in advance of April 5 to count towards the UBC Giving Day goal.

Is it safe to give online?

Yes, UBC uses a secure payment processing system.

Is there a minimum donation amount?

No, every gift on UBC Giving Day makes a difference and will receive a tax receipt

Can I make more than one donation on Giving Day?

Yes! You can donate as many times as you like. Just note that only one gift per donor per cause will count toward UBC Giving Day challenges.

Can I give to more than one fund in one transaction?

Yes! If you would like to support more than one cause in a single transaction for Giving Day, please call us at 604.827.4111 to make an offline gift. Just note that processing times may vary for offline donations to be reflected onto the Giving Day website. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer multiple gifts in a single transaction online this year.

Can I make a donation before April 5?

Yes, you can. Just keep in mind some giving challenges are time-sensitive and require gifts to be made on April 5. You can check the rules on the Challenges page.

Will I get a tax receipt?

Donors will be issued official receipts in accordance with the rules of the Canada Revenue Agency.

What will you do with my information?

Your information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. UBC will use this information to process your gift, maintain contact and keep you up to date with university information, events and fundraising. We will not disclose your identity and contact information unless you authorize us to do so. UBC does not sell, rent or trade donor lists.