Philanthropy

With the community’s continued support, we can come out of this crisis stronger and more resilient than ever before, says Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation.

Non-profit sector at serious risk of Unraveling, new research reveals

While we have reason to be hopeful as we begin year 2…

  • Feb 22, 2021

 

Jason Austin donates 20 tonnes of produce from his Gatton House Farm to local food banks every year. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Central Saanich philanthropic farmer plants seeds for food security

Jason Austin donates all his farm’s produce to food banks

 

Vancouver businessman and activist Wayne Crookes donated $1.875 million to the University of Victoria to support environmental and climate journalism. (Photo credit: Martin Roland)

University of Victoria receives $1.875 million donation for environmental journalism

Money donated by Vancouver businessman and activist, Wayne Crookes

 

In honour of Random Act of Kindness Day, Feb. 17, the Victoria Foundation and Black Press Media are hosting a colouring contest for children age 12 and younger. Artwork will also be shared with local senior homes to help spread kindness throughout the community. Travis Paterson photo.

Colour the world Kind: It’s contagious!

Join the Victoria Foundation Feb. 17 for Random Act of Kindness Day

  • Jan 25, 2021
In honour of Random Act of Kindness Day, Feb. 17, the Victoria Foundation and Black Press Media are hosting a colouring contest for children age 12 and younger. Artwork will also be shared with local senior homes to help spread kindness throughout the community. Travis Paterson photo.
Cameron Bulger was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 6 and passed away 2 1/2 years later. While BC Children’s Hospital is home to experts leading the way in treating the most aggressive cancers, a devastating 20 per cent of children who are diagnosed with cancer will not survive the next five years.

A childhood story of love, loss and hope

Supporting the fight to conquer childhood illnesses

  • Dec 21, 2020
Cameron Bulger was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 6 and passed away 2 1/2 years later. While BC Children’s Hospital is home to experts leading the way in treating the most aggressive cancers, a devastating 20 per cent of children who are diagnosed with cancer will not survive the next five years.
After living with cystic fibrosis his entire life, Nick Kanaan required a double-lung transplant. Today, he honours Dr. John Yee and the medical team at VGH who helped save his life.

Double-lung transplant saves father after lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis

This holiday season Angel donations will help fund the most urgent health care needs

  • Dec 14, 2020
After living with cystic fibrosis his entire life, Nick Kanaan required a double-lung transplant. Today, he honours Dr. John Yee and the medical team at VGH who helped save his life.
Arts grants are part of more than $2.3 million distributed by the Victoria Foundation to help 126 Southern Vancouver Island organizations weather the pandemic’s catastrophic effects. Jo-Ann Richards photo.

Grants help arts groups get creative in pandemic response

Community Recovery Program distributes $2.3 million+ to local organizations impacted by COVID

  • Dec 14, 2020
Arts grants are part of more than $2.3 million distributed by the Victoria Foundation to help 126 Southern Vancouver Island organizations weather the pandemic’s catastrophic effects. Jo-Ann Richards photo.
Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.

Put on a BraveFace: Mask fundraiser helps make children’s wishes come true

From Black Press Media + BraveFace – adult, youth and kid masks support Make-A-Wish Foundation

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Cameron Bulger was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 6 and passed away 2 1/2 years later. While BC Children’s Hospital is home to experts leading the way in treating the most aggressive cancers, a devastating 20 per cent of children who are diagnosed with cancer will not survive the next five years.

A childhood story of love, loss and hope

Supporting the fight to conquer childhood illnesses

  • Nov 23, 2020
Cameron Bulger was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 6 and passed away 2 1/2 years later. While BC Children’s Hospital is home to experts leading the way in treating the most aggressive cancers, a devastating 20 per cent of children who are diagnosed with cancer will not survive the next five years.
Victoria's Vital Signs 2020

Vital Signs report charts challenges 2020 has brought locally

15th edition of the report explores how Greater Victoria is faring over all and in 12 key areas

  • Nov 16, 2020
Victoria's Vital Signs 2020
Sandra Richardson

Philanthropy Day, Victoria’s Vital Signs highlight power of giving

In an ideal world, philanthropy is on our minds – and in…

  • Oct 26, 2020
Sandra Richardson
VIDEO: Greater Victoria woman gets stunning surprise of a free car

VIDEO: Greater Victoria woman gets stunning surprise of a free car

King’s Auto Sales and Cool Aid make woman’s day

VIDEO: Greater Victoria woman gets stunning surprise of a free car
Victoria Foundation targets community recovery + resilience

Victoria Foundation targets community recovery + resilience

New program supports vital work of local charities

  • Sep 28, 2020
Victoria Foundation targets community recovery + resilience
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Carly Russell-Huntley, community manager with Used.ca, presents Mustard Seed intern Josh Wild with a big cheque representing the proceeds of a fundraising contest Used.ca held in partnership with Country Grocer. Used.ca is nominated for a 2020 National Philanthropy Day Giving Hearts Honour Roll award for its work helping community groups and individuals in need. (Courtesy Used.ca)

Vancouver Island fundraisers ‘pivot’ for 2020 National Philanthropy Day awards

Giving Hearts Honour Roll to recognize pandemic-inspired acts of kindness in community

Carly Russell-Huntley, community manager with Used.ca, presents Mustard Seed intern Josh Wild with a big cheque representing the proceeds of a fundraising contest Used.ca held in partnership with Country Grocer. Used.ca is nominated for a 2020 National Philanthropy Day Giving Hearts Honour Roll award for its work helping community groups and individuals in need. (Courtesy Used.ca)
Recycle Matters, a social enterprise under the umbrella of INEO Employment Services, supports skill development and employment experience through its mattress recycling service. The social enterprise recently received a Government of Canada Investment Readiness Program grant, distributed through the Victoria Foundation, to move its projects forward.

Enterprising initiatives get boost to drive growth + social impact

Victoria Foundation allocates $280,000 to local social purpose organizations

  • Aug 24, 2020
Recycle Matters, a social enterprise under the umbrella of INEO Employment Services, supports skill development and employment experience through its mattress recycling service. The social enterprise recently received a Government of Canada Investment Readiness Program grant, distributed through the Victoria Foundation, to move its projects forward.
A summer highlight has been Pop Up Opera, featuring POV singers sharing 10 minutes of beautiful music in neighbourhoods, on street corners, in parks and outside retirement residences and care facilities. Jo-Ann Richards photo.

Celebrating the arts – and audiences – at a distance

How you can help organizations pivoting to maintain a thriving arts community

  • Jul 27, 2020
A summer highlight has been Pop Up Opera, featuring POV singers sharing 10 minutes of beautiful music in neighbourhoods, on street corners, in parks and outside retirement residences and care facilities. Jo-Ann Richards photo.
How you can help build a better community

How you can help build a better community

The deadline to take the 2020 Victoria’s Vital Signs survey is July 1

  • Jun 22, 2020
How you can help build a better community
Vital Signs survey tackles COVID questions

Vital Signs survey tackles COVID questions

Don’t miss the July 1 deadline to take the Victoria Foundation survey

  • Jun 15, 2020
Vital Signs survey tackles COVID questions
Creating change, one Vital survey at a time

Creating change, one Vital survey at a time

Annual Victoria Vital Signs survey welcomes your input starting June 1

  • Jun 1, 2020
Creating change, one Vital survey at a time