Military Oral History (MOH) Endowment Established at the University of Victoria

Dean John Archibald and RUSI-VI President Ed Fitch

Dean John Archibald and RUSI-VI President Ed Fitch

At the AGM on 11 March 2016, the RUSI-VI membership approved a donation of $25,000 from the Reserve Fund to establish the “RUSI-VI Military Oral History Endowment” at the University of Victoria (UVic). With this fund, RUSI-VI has created an important and meaningful legacy. Through the teaching of Military Oral History courses at UVic Department of History, we are able to assist in educating and enriching the current knowledge of students on part of our living history, and to ensure that the voices of our veterans and their families will be heard, recorded and maintained within the Special Collections of the University.


To provide stable funding to cover the course costs for the long-term, the goal is to build the endowment to at least $75,000. Individuals or organizations who wish to donate can do so in several ways:

  • Through a cash gift on line to the RUSI-VI Military Oral History Endowment as follows:

Enter this hyperlink: In the “Designation” field, click on the down-arrow, select “Other” then in the “Other” field that appears, enter RUSI-VI Military Oral History Endowment.  Then fill in the “Billing Information” that includes an email address and the “Payment Information” to pay by credit card. You will receive an acknowledgement of the donation and a tax credit will be mailed to the address that you provided in the Billing Information.

  • Or by cheque payable to the “University of Victoria” which may be identified as for the RUSI-VI Military Oral History Endowment. The mailing address is:
    University of Victoria Development Office
    PO Box 1700 Stn CSC
    Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2 

Other donation methods include:

  • Through a gift of publicly-traded securities (stocks, bonds or mutual funds) to the university. This is a tax-advantageous way to donate to a registered charity, such as the university, as donors are not taxed on accrued capital gains. The memo line for donation should read: RUSI-VI Military Oral History Endowment;
  • Individuals might also consider a bequest in their Will. Future planned gifts will help the endowment grow and assure its viability to support a course biannually. Information on the specific wording required is available on the University of Victoria website (Follow the wording for “Restricted Bequests” and cite the RUSI – VI Military Oral History Endowment);

For further information, please contact

Katherine Blake, 
Development Officer, 
Faculty of Humanities & UVic Libraries, 
University of Victoria 
PO Box 1700 STN CSC 
Victoria BC  V8W 2Y2

Tel: 250-853-3893.