Victoria Foundation

Connecting people who care with causes that matter®

Our Vision

A vibrant, caring community for all.

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. This vision is embedded in our tag line: Connecting People Who Care With Causes That Matter®

Our mission

Strengthening community wellbeing by investing in people, opportunities and solutions.

  • Inspiring giving
  • Thoughtfully caring for the assets entrusted to us, and
  • Investing in people, ideas and activities that strengthen our communities

Our values

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:

  1. board governance
  2. financial accountability and transparency
  3. ethical fundraising
  4. staff management 
  5. volunteer involvement

The standards trustmark is a mark of Imagine Canada used under licence by the Victoria Foundation. 

Vital People

Vital People: Bubby Rose's owner offers homeless woman a job

See how the owner of Bubby Rose's Bakery and Cafe helped turn a young woman's life around in this Vital People feature.

Victoria's Vital Signs

2014 Victoria's Vital Signs

Read the 2014 Victoria's Vital Signs® report, our ninth annual check-up of the Greater Victoria region as a place to live, work, play and grow.

Read the 2014 Vital Signs Report»

Bach performance dedicated to Belsonia Paul

Victoria Philharmonic Choir dedicates Bach St. John Passion performance on April 4, 2015 to founding donor Belsonia Paul.

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