A new philanthropy to strengthen our world communities.

Our work allows us to invest in people, projects and non-profit organizations that make our communities stronger for the long-term. The Gadsden Initiative will bring together an innovative and engaged group, including GenX’ers and Millennials, to build relationships within the community through a series of learning sessions, community activities and networking opportunities based on the Global Goals. Inspired by Burges Gadsden, whose vision led to the creation of the Victoria Foundation in 1936, Gadsden Initiative engages a new generation of global citizens looking to make a lasting difference in their community through engagement, vision, and philanthropy.

How it Works

Actively participate in core gatherings every 2 months.

Create a Permanent Endowment Fund to establish your legacy.

Support the community through grant-making.

These 17 Global Goals are ambitious and require a new way of thinking.

Gadsden Initiative is committed to linking our work with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, an urgent call for action to build a better world for all people and our planet by 2030. These 17 Global Goals are ambitious and require a new way of thinking; a refined form of philanthropy. It will require action from all generations to make these goals a reality.

  • When does it start and what does the program include?

    The Cohort will be selected over the Summer of 2019. The program will run from September 2019 to February 2021. The core program includes sessions about every two months including guest speakers, hands-on site activities, networking with peers, and participating in collective grantmaking.

  • What is a permanent endowment fund?

    When funds are established with the Victoria Foundation, the principal is held in perpetuity. A portion of the annual investment returns is granted out to causes of your choice. The balance of the investment return is added back into the permanent fund which allows the fund to grow over time. As the endowment grows so does your ability to grant to causes or charities of your choice.

  • Do donations to the fund qualify for a tax receipt?

    Yes! All donations, including your initial contributions, will qualify for a tax receipt.

  • Can other people contribute to the fund?

    Absolutely — anyone can contribute to the fund. They just need to make sure that they provide the fund name when completing the donation.

  • If I join, when will I be able to start making grants?

    You will be able to make your first grant from the fund in 2021 if you complete your total donations by September of 2020.

  • How do I join?

    The Cohort is limited to 20 matching funds. If you are interested in joining, please contact Kate Donahue at 250.381.5532 or kdonahue@victoriafoundation.bc.ca.

Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.


Join us in shaping a new philanthropy to strengthen our community and world.