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Ways to Give

There are many ways to make a charitable contribution to St. Mark's College. Gifts and pledges may be tailored to achieve your charitable objective while providing you with significant tax benefits. For all enquiries and assistance, please contact the Development Office at 604-822-5438 or [email protected]

Monthly and One Time Gifts

Whether you give once or multiple times during the year, your annual support enables our community to deliver its higher education experience to its students.

Endowed Gift

Creating an endowed gift enables our donors to make a lasting impact on our campus community to providing a gift that gives forever.

Gifts in Kind

A gift in kind is a non-cash donation, which includes items such as book collections, real estate, artwork, and personal effects. Acceptance of these gifts is made on an individual basis. We gladly accept gifts that can be of use to the College and gifts that will enhance and further the College's mission.  For donations of $1,000 or more, the donor must provide an independent third-party appraisal from a qualified professional.

Planned Gifts

Gifts of Securities

Gifts can be made with stocks, bonds and mutual funds, which can offer extra tax benefits to the donor, as capital gains tax can be eliminated.

Deferred or Planned Gifts

Bequests are a very meaningful way to be part of both the past and the future of St. Mark's College. By naming the College as a beneficiary in your will, it is possible to leave a significant legacy to the College. Your bequest may be for a set dollar amount, a percent or fraction of your estate, or part of the remainder of your estate after other bequests have been settled.

While unrestricted bequests grant St. Mark's College freedom to allocate your support where the need is greatest, some donors may wish to make a restricted bequest to enhance a specific program or cherished project, or establish a new fund such as an endowed scholarship to honour a favorite instructor or family member.

Gifts from Retirement Plan Assets

Assets in tax-deferred retirement plans can be an appealing charitable gift to make to St. Mark's College. You can designate the College as the beneficiary of all - or a portion - of your retirement plans. It is recommended that you consult with your legal and financial advisors who can assist you on the most advantageous way to proceed with this gifting option.

Life Insurance

You can purchase a life insurance policy with St. Mark's College as the beneficiary or transfer benefits from an existing policy that you may no longer need.

Estate planning

If you have already named St. Mark's College in your estate plans, please let us know so that we can honour you and your gift in our planned giving circle of donors.


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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come

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Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
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SUMMER INSTITUTE FAQ


Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]



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