Thank you for choosing to give to one of the funds held at the Victoria Foundation.

The Victoria Foundation is a community foundation and a registered charity accredited by Imagine Canada. By connecting visionary donors with causes that truly matter, we’re able to invest in people, projects and non-profit organizations that make our communities stronger – now and for the long-term. We’ve been doing so since 1936.

Darwyn Danesh (2004 – 2020) was a joyful, humorous, playful, curious, mystery and wonder of a person. He was non-verbal, but for his 16 years made all his wishes, thoughts and emotions undeniably clear. His health and well-being were always complicated – he had Down Syndrome, autism and severe cardiac issues. But he always kept trucking along.

A person of strict routines throughout his life, the pandemic both massively disrupted and narrowed Darwyn’s routine. He lost his school and most of his care supports. Many of his favourite activities were also no longer available, including having a chocolate smoothie at Starbucks or going to a movie. For the four months since March, the only way to maintain some calm for him was to make a new routine, with every day effectively identical.

While Darwyn did not pass away from COVID-19, the experience for the family in his last weeks, days and hours were indelibly shaped by the difficult times humanity is facing as it confronts the pandemic. And that experience speaks to how much we need to come together even more to align our individual choices with collective action that will ease pain, reduce suffering, save lives and help healing.

To learn more about Darwyn and his grandfather who passed only six weeks prior, please see the article written by Darwyn’s father, Dr. Roshan Danesh ‘Dying in pandemic times: My son and my father passed away in a 6-week span’ featured in the July 30, 2020, edition of the Times Colonist.

The Darwyn Danesh Memorial Fund is a donor advised fund created at the Victoria Foundation to provide community, social, and educational supports for children with complex circumstances, with a goal of helping fill gaps in current realities.

Other Ways to Give

  • Phone
    Call 250-381-5532 to make a donation by credit card directly via the Victoria Foundation.
  • Cheque
    Send cheques to the Victoria Foundation at #200 – 703 Broughton Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1E2. Please ensure they are made out to the Victoria Foundation. Note the designated fund in the memo line or in a cover letter.
  • PayPal or Recurring Gifts
    To setup a recurring gift, or make a donation from your bank account, please use our CanadaHelps account to make your donation. Be sure to select your chosen designation from the drop down menu below.
  • Publicly Listed Securities
    Once you have an updated Donation Form for Gifts of Securities, complete the form and send a copy to your broker and to the Victoria Foundation. We will look after the rest. Please note: this form is updated annually, so please download a fresh one for each gift of securities.
  • Set Up a Fund
    For information and advice about setting up your own fund or learning about existing funds that support the causes you care about, contact us by email or phone 250-381-5532.
  • Victoria Foundation Fund Holders
    If you would like to make a donation to the Victoria Foundation using the available to grant balance in your fund, please email your requested grant amount, fund name, and purpose to donorservices@victoriafoundation.bc.ca.