Victoria Foundation Welcomes New Board Members and Launches Community Grants in March – Saanich News
For 86 years, The Victoria Foundation has created opportunities for donors to make lasting and meaningful contributions to their community.
A volunteer Board of Directors guides the way and has worked with staff over the decades to make Canada’s second oldest community foundation the sixth largest of nearly 200 nationally.
What does it mean?
Charitable donations from donors are used to create permanent, income-generating funds, the proceeds of which are then distributed as grants for charitable or educational purposes. To date, The Victoria Foundation has invested over $269 million in people, projects and non-profit organizations that strengthen communities here in Greater Victoria, in addition to those elsewhere in British Columbia and Canada. .
Welcome new board members
A number of new faces have joined the Victoria Foundation Board, volunteers serving a maximum of two three-year terms.
At the helm is new board chair Rajiv K. Gandhi, a Nova Scotia-born lawyer and consultant who graduated from the University of Victoria Law School in 1997 before establish a practice focused on corporate and commercial finance, wealth planning, high-tech transactions and land. development.
Gandhi replaces outgoing President Zaman Velji, who has played a critical role within the Foundation, particularly during the COVID-19 response.
Tamara Napoleon has also joined the board as a new director. A member of the Saulteau First Nations, Napoleon co-leads Miller Titerle + Co’s Aboriginal Law Group, focusing on economic development, government-to-government agreements, corporate structuring, implementation of Aboriginal rights and title, and regulation of natural resources. Recognized in 2020 as a Rising Star by Lexpert, one of Canada’s leading female lawyers under 40, she also volunteers with the BC Cancer Foundation Board of Directors and her community’s economic development entity. own nation, the Mistahiya Group of Companies.
Additionally, former Board Chair, Board Chair Dr Grace Wong Sneddon began her tenure as Chair of Honorary Governors of the Victoria Foundation, following Rasool Rayani, who arrived at the end of his term.
Looking forward to this year’s Community Grant Program
This spring will see the launch of the 2022 Community Grants Program, to support eligible organizations in the Capital Region with flexible general operating funding to build short- and long-term resilience. The Foundation has a broad reach and offers support across the charitable sector, including the arts, education, health and wellbeing, environment, food security, housing, homelessness and health mental.
Organizations are invited to apply from March 11 to April 14 through the Foundation’s online grants portal. The grantmaking process is built on trust-based philanthropic principles to promote equity, center relationships, increase accessibility, and support the sector as a whole.
Anyone interested is encouraged to contact the Foundation’s grants team to talk about your organization, your needs and the work in progress. The Foundation is particularly interested in hearing about organizations new to this grant stream and those who represent groups deserving equity.
And coming this summer, a new look for the Foundation’s Pulse publication, highlighting the important work the Foundation and local organizations are undertaking in the region, followed by Vital Signs in the fall – the annual community checkup that provides guidance essential for community giving and planning.
To find out how you can get involved and make a lasting difference in your community, visit victoriafoundation.bc.ca