Memorial and Tribute Giving

When a friend, colleague or family member passes on, there are special ways to keep their memory alive.

A memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to remember a loved one, and can even create a legacy centred around their goals or values. This gift can support students, research or another area of the university. Tributes mark special occasions at any stage of life: graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or retirement.

When you make a memorial or tribute gift, the university notifies the family or honouree of your gift. With your permission, we will share your name and address but not reveal the donation.

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Ensure a fitting and lasting legacy

Alumni and friends of the university may choose to establish a memorial or tribute fund to create a lasting legacy. Annual funds can support named student awards or a specific program over a number of years. Endowed funds are created in perpetuity and leaves a long-term impact in your chosen area of interest. By bringing people together to honour a friend or a loved one, they can make donations to the fund and will receive a charitable tax receipt for their generosity.

Considering something in perpetuity? Here is how it works.

Friends and family collectively raise $50,000 to endow a scholarship in memory of a classmate:

  1. Each donor receives a charitable tax receipt for the full gift amount.
  2. Names and addresses of donors (but not gift amounts) are sent to the family or honouree so they can express thanks.
  3. Additional donations can be made to the scholarship endowment at any time.
  4. A scholarship in the honouree's name will be awarded annually, in perpetuity.

My wife, Elnaz, was among the 176 people killed when Flight PS752 was shot down by Iranian missiles. Elnaz was a keen advocate of educational advancement and very sensitive about prejudice and tyranny, and she is the reason this scholarship was created. She would be happy to keep the memory of all victims of Flight PS752 alive, in honour of women, life and freedom.

Javad Soleimani

Javad Soleimani

Gifts in lieu and acknowledgements

In lieu of gifts or flowers, you may wish for others to support the University of Alberta to remember a loved one or celebrate a milestone. We would be honoured to help you by providing an online giving option, personalized donation forms, or suggested wording for your announcement.

When a memorial or tribute gifts are made, the university will notify the next of kin or honouree by sending them an acknowledgment letter with a list of donor names and addresses. Please note that we will only share donor information if consent was provided and donation amounts will not be revealed.