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Gifts of real estate
& personal property

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UBC welcomes gifts of real property such as real estate, works of art and personal collections. These may be used to advance learning or sold so the proceeds can be directed to your area of interest at the university.

You can make a gift of property now, through your will, or through a gift of future interest. Gifts of real estate can be accepted by The University of British Columbia Foundation. Gifts of future interest allow donors to receive a tax receipt immediately, continuing to enjoy the property in their lifetime, while knowing that the gift will benefit UBC upon their passing.

In 100 years, UBC has been fortunate to receive and make use of a surprising range of gifts. If you have an unusual asset, we would be pleased to work with you to understand its true value and to establish whether it is appropriate as a gift to the university. We are always happy to discuss such opportunities and to help you understand the benefits and costs, which may include appraisals, taxes and legal advice related to the transfer. Please don’t hesitate to call.

Donor stories

Your support in action

Kerrisdale property gift supports research at UBC

Remembered as an art collector, designer, and pioneer, Kathleen Florence Earle donated her entire estate, including a heritage home built by her father, to support research and learning at UBC.

Dermatology faculty bequeath American property

As longtime faculty members, Dr. Larry Warshawski and Dr. Anne Wachsmuth always planned to leave something to UBC. When they learned about The American Foundation for UBC, they had the perfect idea.

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Where can I get more information?

If you would like to learn more about gifts of real estate and personal property, and estate planning, we would be pleased to help. We can answer your questions about general estate planning and provide additional information on endowments, student awards and the other gift opportunities at UBC. We also can help you, your lawyer or notary draft customized wording for your will. Please contact us.

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