Philanthropy

Participants in the Victoria Foundation’s previous Gadsden Initiative, Carly and Matt Milloy were keen to learn about organizations making a difference in the local community, and to support that work for the long term.

Engaging a new generation of community-minded citizens

Applicants welcome for the next cohort of the Victoria Foundation’s Gadsden Initiative

  • Aug 16, 2021

 

Pulse

Victoria Foundation + local donors support vital community rebuilding

Community Recovery Program distributes $3.13+ million to local organizations

  • Jul 26, 2021

 

Combined with local, provincial and national statistics, Victoria’s Vital Signs survey results will create a snapshot of Greater Victoria livability and wellbeing that will guide donors and decision-makers in programming and funding decisions.

25 million+ Vital reasons to take this local survey today

Deadline is July 1 to participate in this year’s Victoria’s Vital Signs

  • Jun 21, 2021

 

Indigenous Perspective Society, which among myriad programs is providing Cultural Perspectives Training to help governments, organizations, businesses and individuals deepen their understanding, increase cultural competence, and develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

Building the community we want: Caring, inclusive + thriving

Each year, the Victoria Foundation, through the Victoria’s Vital Signs Survey, invites…

  • Jun 14, 2021
Indigenous Perspective Society, which among myriad programs is providing Cultural Perspectives Training to help governments, organizations, businesses and individuals deepen their understanding, increase cultural competence, and develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.
Back in 1936, Burges Gadsden, right, had a seemingly simple, yet innovative, idea: Build an organization that with a solid source of funds could provide support to local charities. With $20 donated by his mother, Fannie, Gadsen founded the Victoria Foundation out of the Sunshine Inn, a soup kitchen he ran on Pandora Avenue.

How an innovative idea + $20 created 85-year community legacy

Back in 1936, Burges Gadsden had a seemingly simple, yet innovative, idea:…

  • May 24, 2021
Back in 1936, Burges Gadsden, right, had a seemingly simple, yet innovative, idea: Build an organization that with a solid source of funds could provide support to local charities. With $20 donated by his mother, Fannie, Gadsen founded the Victoria Foundation out of the Sunshine Inn, a soup kitchen he ran on Pandora Avenue.
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Island family sharing their story to support British Columbians affected by dementia

When Isabel Phillips crossed the finish line at her first Times Colonist…

  • May 17, 2021
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
Hometown Heroes Lottery spokesperson Sebastian Sevallo outside of the 5,137 sq. ft. Grand Prize home in Langley, in Murrayville.

Win big and help our Heroes

Get your tickets to win a $2.6 million Grand Prize – and support two great causes

  • May 17, 2021
Hometown Heroes Lottery spokesperson Sebastian Sevallo outside of the 5,137 sq. ft. Grand Prize home in Langley, in Murrayville.
Through fundraisers like Jean Up, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation supports the hospital's world-leading experts who are working relentlessly to improve the lives of children like India.

A family navigates childhood cancer through the pandemic

Jean Up this May and help kids get out of their hospital gowns and back into their jeans

  • May 10, 2021
Through fundraisers like Jean Up, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation supports the hospital's world-leading experts who are working relentlessly to improve the lives of children like India.
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Island family sharing their story to support British Columbians affected by dementia

When Isabel Phillips crossed the finish line at her first Times Colonist…

  • May 10, 2021
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
Victoria’s Vital Signs helps inform local governments and donors as they direct resources to areas of greatest need. Recognizing that 20 per cent of the region’s young adults live in the West Shore and can’t readily access rehearsals in the core, a grant helped the community-building choir SingYourJoy expand to the western communities. Brad Edwards Photography

Why the Victoria’s Vital Signs Survey matters to your neighbourhood

The 16th annual survey continues to July 1

  • May 10, 2021
Victoria’s Vital Signs helps inform local governments and donors as they direct resources to areas of greatest need. Recognizing that 20 per cent of the region’s young adults live in the West Shore and can’t readily access rehearsals in the core, a grant helped the community-building choir SingYourJoy expand to the western communities. Brad Edwards Photography
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Island family sharing their story to support British Columbians affected by dementia

When Isabel Phillips crossed the finish line at her first Times Colonist…

  • May 4, 2021
Michael and Isabel Philips are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
The Victoria Foundation launches its 16th annual Victoria’s Vital Signs Survey, open from May 4 to July 1.

Take the 2021 Vital Signs Survey, help the region chart a course forward

Have your say May 4 to July 1

  • May 3, 2021
The Victoria Foundation launches its 16th annual Victoria’s Vital Signs Survey, open from May 4 to July 1.
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.

Facing Stage IV breast cancer at 36

One in eight Canadian women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • Mar 22, 2021
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.
When cancelled performances decimated arts organization revenues, the Victoria Foundation's Arts & Culture Fund offered support. For Intrepid Theatre, funds helped them  modify the Metro Studio Theatre to include distanced, cabaret-style seating.

Victoria Foundation program boosts Community Recovery

Community Action Fund donations continue to make a difference; grant applications open March 29

  • Mar 22, 2021
When cancelled performances decimated arts organization revenues, the Victoria Foundation's Arts & Culture Fund offered support. For Intrepid Theatre, funds helped them  modify the Metro Studio Theatre to include distanced, cabaret-style seating.
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
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.
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

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

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)
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.