Aerial view of VIU campus

Ways to Give

A gift made to VIU is a great way to support support our students, faculties, and community programs. You can make a one-time gift, or a recurring monthly gifts. Make a gift using our online portal.

Options include:

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Credit Card

Please make cheques payable to Vancouver Island University Foundation.

Vancouver Island University
Building 310 - 900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5S5

Phone: 250.740.6217 | 1.888.920.2221

Charitable Registration # 88733 3482 RR0001

Have you considered making the gift of a lifetime? Let us help you develop your legacy at VIU. Some options include:

  • Bequest
  • RRSP and RRIF
  • Annuity and Trust
  • Other

More Opportunities for Leaving a Legacy

Estate and planned giving professionals have partnered with Vancouver Island University (VIU) to help guide you fulfill your charitable giving wishes. Learn more about Estate and Planned Giving Partners in Success.

We have developed sample will language to assist you in your conversations with your financial and legal advisors. | 250.740.6258

Making a gift in memory of a loved one or to honour an accomplishment or milestone is a meaningful way to create a lasting legacy at VIU. We would love to help you through the process. | 250.740.6258

Revenue Canada has now removed the capital gains tax on gifts of qualified stock to charities, making this an even more attractive way to give. Let us help you navigate the process.

Gift of Shares Form | 250.740.6258

Real Estate

Gifts of real estate can be made directly to VIU at any time. VIU will sell the piece and use the proceeds to fund student awards or other institutional priorities.

Realty Referral

Selling your home? Why not use one of the licensed realtors from VIU's Realty Support Project and make a gift to the university? Your realtor will donate 25% of their commission to VIU in your name. You can even choose the program you wish to support.

Advancement and Alumni Relations |

Rob Grey, Rob Grey Realty | Dave Hammond, Re/Max of Nanaimo | Ken Hammer, Re/Max of Nanaimo

There are many options for in-kind gifts. Let us help you determine whether your property is suitable for a donation to VIU. Some options include:

  • Art
  • Equipment
  • Vehicles
  • Other

Payroll Deduction

Vancouver Island University employees can contribute on a monthly basis to almost any area of the university through a payroll deduction.

You can now sign up for payroll deduction through the VIU Employee Portal.


VIU staff can support students through the bi-weekly 50-50 draw. Half of the proceeds go to the VIU Staff Award Fund which provides awards to students of $1,000, and the other half is a prize given to the employee who wins the draw. Currently the prize averages $1,200 each payday. McLotto is licensed by the BC Gaming Commission.

You can now sign up for McLotto through the VIU Employee Portal.

When there's a will, there's a way.

Milner Gardens & Woodland Legacy Endowment Fund

A new legacy fund in honour of the late Dr. Craig Clarke has been created to support Milner Gardens & WoodlandA longtime supporter of the gardens, it was Dr. Clarke's wish to support Milner for the long term. If you are able, please contribute today.

Support the Milner Gardens & Woodland Fund | 250.740.6217

Charitable Registration Number: 88733 3482 RR0001