Philanthropy

Efforts to host refugees from Ukraine in local communities got a cash boost from members of the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay lawn bowlers pitch in $2,300 for Ukrainian refugees

Last-minute call for donations leads to housing help

 

The Greater Victoria Green Team, featured in <em>Pulse</em>, helps foster connections between people and nature. Derek Ford photo.

The Pulse of Victoria: Magazine, blog explore agents for change in the Capital Region

If you’ve ever wondered what comes after the Victoria Foundation’s annual Vital…

  • Jul 25, 2022

 

John Hillman, 103, with the judge presiding over the July 21 virtual citizenship ceremony where the British veteran became Canadian. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Meet Canada’s oldest newest Canadian, John Hillman of Oak Bay

103-year-old performs official oath in English and French to earn citizenship July 21

 

Honey needs new wheels after being found paralyzed on the side of a road. (GVAC/Facebook)

Greater Victoria animal rescue fundraises for paralyzed, abandoned pup

The organization plans to try physiotherapy but says: ‘Honey needs wheels’

Honey needs new wheels after being found paralyzed on the side of a road. (GVAC/Facebook)
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.

Vital Victoria Podcast: Sharing stories + building community

Don’t miss the Vital Signs survey – open til July 4

  • Jun 20, 2022
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.

Vital Victoria Podcast: Sharing stories + building community

Don’t miss the Vital Signs survey – open til July 4

  • Jun 13, 2022
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.
Victoria student Levi Budd won $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity in a writing contest. (Courtesy Lucky Budd)

Victoria student who started the #levidrome drive wins $10,000 with his writing

Sixth grader’s essay funds Habitat for Humanity Victoria

Victoria student Levi Budd won $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity in a writing contest. (Courtesy Lucky Budd)
Nathan Bull, then 8, takes to the trails around Westwood Lake in Nanaimo on an adaptive trail rider during a Power to Be outing in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Climb Greater Victoria stairs and hills to raise funds for Power To Be

Power To Summit runs virtually to support those with different abilities

Nathan Bull, then 8, takes to the trails around Westwood Lake in Nanaimo on an adaptive trail rider during a Power to Be outing in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
Firefighters from Esquimalt and Victoria teamed up to supply, crate and load firefighting equipment for Ukraine. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)

Esquimalt warehouse pulls together trauma centres for war-torn Ukraine

Building supplies, firefighting equipment, first aid goods head overseas

Firefighters from Esquimalt and Victoria teamed up to supply, crate and load firefighting equipment for Ukraine. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)
The Victoria Foundation's 17th annual Victoria's Vital Signs citizen survey digs a little deeper into the idea of community – specifically, “What does community mean to you?”

What does community mean to you? Victoria’s Vital Signs wants to know!

17th citizen survey explores what’s working, what needs attention in Greater Victoria

  • May 23, 2022
The Victoria Foundation's 17th annual Victoria's Vital Signs citizen survey digs a little deeper into the idea of community – specifically, “What does community mean to you?”
Victoria-based Soap for Hope Canada recently fulfilled a big order in just a couple days, 500 hygiene kits for families coming from Ukraine. (Soap for Hope/Facebook)

Soap for Hope Canada’s Victoria warehouse faces increasing demand with war in Ukraine

Vancouver Island-based non-profit benefits local residents, international causes

Victoria-based Soap for Hope Canada recently fulfilled a big order in just a couple days, 500 hygiene kits for families coming from Ukraine. (Soap for Hope/Facebook)
Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Victoria youth skips haircuts for nearly 3 years, raises $12,000 for kids with cancer

St. Patrick’s elementary abuzz as 12-year-old loses a foot of hair

Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A kindergarten class from St. Christopher’s Montessori walks with John Hillman on May 3 in his fundraiser for Save the Children. (Courtesy Carlton House)

103-year-old hits halfway mark in Oak Bay walk for Save the Children

Veteran John Hillman plans to finish fundraiser Friday

A kindergarten class from St. Christopher’s Montessori walks with John Hillman on May 3 in his fundraiser for Save the Children. (Courtesy Carlton House)
The Victoria Foundation's 17th annual Victoria's Vital Signs survey is open now, with residents from Sooke to Sidney encouraged to weigh in about what works in their community, and what needs a little help.

Victoria’s Vital Signs Survey matters to the West Shore: Here’s why

Have your say: 17th annual survey continues to July 4

  • May 9, 2022
The Victoria Foundation's 17th annual Victoria's Vital Signs survey is open now, with residents from Sooke to Sidney encouraged to weigh in about what works in their community, and what needs a little help.
Oak Bay resident John Hillman walked 101 laps around the Carlton House driveway in 2020 to raise money and awareness for Save the Children Canada. The veteran of the Second World War did five laps a day for 20 days, inspired by the late Capt. Tom Moore in England. (Black Press Media file photo)

103-year-old veteran laps Oak Bay courtyard for 3rd year in Save the Children fundraiser

Party atmosphere grows music, children, dignitaries for third year

Oak Bay resident John Hillman walked 101 laps around the Carlton House driveway in 2020 to raise money and awareness for Save the Children Canada. The veteran of the Second World War did five laps a day for 20 days, inspired by the late Capt. Tom Moore in England. (Black Press Media file photo)
Marlena and Nick Salvador Nick, joined the 2021-2022 Gadsden Initiative cohort. Now in its second year, this Victoria Foundation initiative brings together GenXers and Millennials to build relationships within the community through learning sessions, community activities and networking opportunities based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Inspiring stories: Why it’s important to share stories of philanthropy

Now’s the time to Make It Happen! Victoria

  • Apr 25, 2022
Marlena and Nick Salvador Nick, joined the 2021-2022 Gadsden Initiative cohort. Now in its second year, this Victoria Foundation initiative brings together GenXers and Millennials to build relationships within the community through learning sessions, community activities and networking opportunities based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Horizon Pacific Contracting owner Tim Agar looks over one of his company’s past projects in Gordon Head – the company is ready to begin seeking applications in Greater Victoria after a pandemic pause. (Black Press Media file photo)

Step Up Community Build Program looks to improve the lives of Greater Victoria residents

Program gifts free purpose-built renovations to reduce obstacles in the home

Horizon Pacific Contracting owner Tim Agar looks over one of his company’s past projects in Gordon Head – the company is ready to begin seeking applications in Greater Victoria after a pandemic pause. (Black Press Media file photo)
Photographer Mikhail Palinchak lends images from his war-torn home country to a Victoria showcase and silent auction to raise funds for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. (Photo by Mikhail Palinchak)

Photos from Ukraine help teens Rise Together for Victoria fundraiser

Oak Bay philanthropists raising money for Canada-Ukraine Foundation with May 11-13 show

Photographer Mikhail Palinchak lends images from his war-torn home country to a Victoria showcase and silent auction to raise funds for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. (Photo by Mikhail Palinchak)
The application process for the Victoria Foundation’s 2022 Community Grants Program is open, welcoming eligible applications via the Foundation’s online grant portal until April 14.

Make It Happen: Victoria Foundation’s Community Grants program opens for applications

Donations made before May 14 will help vital programs in your community this year

  • Mar 21, 2022
The application process for the Victoria Foundation’s 2022 Community Grants Program is open, welcoming eligible applications via the Foundation’s online grant portal until April 14.
Regan McGrath and the school principal Charmaine Murray go over the technology and school supplies the Victoria family brought for the Askenish All Age School in Hanover Parish, Jamaica. (Courtesy Regan McGrath)

Victoria soccer club keeps Jamaican kids in the game

Family with longtime ties to rural school gifts technology, drops off donated gear

Regan McGrath and the school principal Charmaine Murray go over the technology and school supplies the Victoria family brought for the Askenish All Age School in Hanover Parish, Jamaica. (Courtesy Regan McGrath)