The Victoria Foundation has a vision to make our community stronger, and our shared quality of life better now, and for the long term. By connecting visionary donors with causes that truly matter, we’re able to make positive changes in Greater Victoria and in communities across B.C. and Canada. And we’ve been doing so since 1936.
We summarize our vision this way: Connecting People Who Care With Causes That Matter®
The Victoria Foundation provides leadership by:
- Inspiring giving
- Thoughtfully caring for the assets entrusted to us, and
- Investing in people, ideas and activities that strengthen our communities
We stand for:
Leadership - We are strategic and work towards being a centre of influence in the community. Our work is characterized by partnerships, learning, risk-taking, mutual respect, and a spirit of inquiry.
Integrity - We are accountable for what we do and transparent in how we do it. Our business practices are fair, equitable, and accessible.
Stewardship – We are responsible stewards of the Foundation’s assets, and focus our time, resources and energy on making a measurable difference.
Capacity-building - We value supporting the community and helping organizations succeed.
Our commitment to leadership in the philanthropic sector and to integrity in the management of our organization prompted us to participate in the inaugural standards program launched by Imagine Canada, a national charitable organization that serves Canada’s charities and non-profits. The Victoria Foundation is among the first charities in Canada to receive accreditation, announced by Imagine Canada May 8, 2012. Designed to strengthen public confidence in the charitable and non-profit sector, the program offers accreditation to charities and non-profit organizations that demonstrate excellence in five key areas:
- board governance
- financial accountability and transparency
- ethical fundraising
- staff management
- volunteer involvement
The standards trustmark is a mark of Imagine Canada used under licence by the Victoria Foundation.