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

If you’ve ever wondered what comes next. Victoria Foundation With the annual Vital Signs Survey and Report, it’s time to find out. The pulse Magazine and its companion Plus blog.

new Blog Works together with The pulse Magazine To explore “what’s next” after the Vital Signs report: essentially, how the Victoria Foundation and other organizations in Greater Victoria are working to build on the report’s findings.

“While Victoria’s Vital Signs is essential to identify existing problem areas in Greater Victoria, The pulse Victoria Foundation CEO Sandra Richardson explains how we are working to meet these needs. “Working together with civil society, donors, businesses and volunteers, we can all help build a stronger, more caring and more inclusive community for all.”

In this issue of The pulseFind stories about the Mary Hill Indigenous Protected Area Project, which has worked to protect 136-hectares of land adjacent to Metchosin. Plus, find an overview of Victoria’s landmark findings, and an exploration of trust-based philanthropy.

An in-depth look at the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community run by Our Place Society in View Royal, and reflections from a grant recipient on the impact of the Victoria Foundation’s Rapid Relief Fund. As the pandemic forced them to adapt on the fly to continue providing their family support services to local children and youth, “it was really the Victoria Foundation’s Rapid Relief Fund that made it possible for us to continue our work,” he said. Jennifer Chakri says. Executive Director of Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services.

“It’s important for the Victorian community to understand that the Victoria Foundation has had a profound impact on small organizations during the pandemic. I think many agencies would not survive, or be where they are today, without the foundation’s critical support.”

Community grants set record numbers.

One of the ways the Victoria Foundation works to meet the needs identified in Vital Signs is through its Community Grants, which are part of the Foundation’s overall grants and leadership initiatives.

Earlier this month, the foundation made an announcement. Record number of grants – Distributed $4.32 million to 191 local organizations, representing a 38% increase over last year!

Grants provide local nonprofits with flexible, general operating funds to meet immediate needs and build long-term resilience. Built on the principles of trust-based philanthropy, and aimed at making the program more accessible, this year’s focus was to directly support groups deserving of equity, including Indigenous, Black and People of Color, women, 2SLGBTQIA+, Children and young people, including people with disabilities. and newcomers.

Flexible operating funding allows nonprofits to apply for their areas of greatest need, such as staffing support, technology upgrades or day-to-day programming.

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The Victoria Foundation administers charitable gifts from donors whose generosity allows them to build permanent, income-generating funds. Income from these funds is distributed as grants for charitable or educational purposes. In 2021, the Victoria Foundation awarded more than $20 million to 549 organizations. To learn more, or to do Donate todayvisit victoriafoundation.bc.ca

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