Victoria Foundation Grants $800,000 to 58 Charities

Victoria, B.C., Nov. 28, 2011 – The Victoria Foundation has approved $806,000 in grants to 58 charitable organizations on Vancouver Island.

With this latest round of grants, the community foundation has awarded over $9 million so far this year within B.C. and across Canada. Another round of grants will be approved in mid-December, boosting the annual total even higher.
“This is the power of a community foundation,” said Sandra Richardson, CEO. “When the markets are up, we grant – when the markets are down, we grant. We are here for the long haul, setting funds aside when market returns are strong so we can continue to serve B.C. communities when the need is greatest. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the close of our 75th anniversary year.”
The 58 grants approved include 14 new initiatives:

• $80,350 to support the co-location of three community groups: Centennial Daycare Society, 1 UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre, and Victoria Silver Threads Services
• $30,000 to create Teen Zone spaces in Greater Victoria libraries and expand the Teen Pass program to lend art gallery and museum passes
• $25,000 to replace the 30-year-old lighting system at Intrepid Theatre’s Metro Studio Theatre
• $15,000 for an education program on post-partum depression and infant development
• $15,000 for a healthy living program for vulnerable adults age 50 and over
• $14,300 to hire a volunteer coordinator for Sooke and the West Shore
• $12,000 to provide free legal representation to children who are the subjects of acrimonious parental custody
• $11,470 for an employment training summer camp for Victoria teenagers
• $11,000 to support the eco-certification of marinas in the Capital Regional District
• $10,500 for a major expansion of a community garden on Salt Spring Island, including wheelchair accessibility and a therapeutic component
• $10,000 for a remedial literacy program to engage vulnerable youth
• $10,000 for a music program that serves seniors in nursing homes and seniors centres
• $9,248 for a school-based girls’ circle project to support at-risk girls
• $4,000 to support Garry Oak eco-system recovery

See the list and descriptions of all the 58 projects funded.

The November grants support charitable organizations across Vancouver Island. They represent the foundation’s discretionary funds and some donor-advised funds – that is, funds held by the foundation on behalf of donors and awarded according to the donor’s criteria.

The foundation will approve another round of grants in mid-December – this time from its non-discretionary funds. These include funds managed on behalf of the provincial government and non-profit organizations as well as those directed by donors. 
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Background: The Victoria Foundation manages funds gifted either in perpetuity or for specific purposes. The funds or the earnings from them are then distributed as grants for charitable or educational purposes. Established in 1936, the Victoria Foundation is Canada’s second oldest community foundation and its sixth largest. To date it has invested more than $100 million in people, projects and non-profit organizations that strengthen communities in B.C. and across Canada. Read more about the Victoria Foundation.

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Slater Director of Communications, Victoria Foundation 250.381.5532 ext. #227