Nanaimo Foundation Ad Campaign #2

In 2014, the Nanaimo Foundation partnered with True Sport / Sport pur to offer matching grants up to $20,000 for sport projects in Nanaimo.

A consultation session hosted with PacificSport VI identified accessibility to sport amongst the Aboriginal community, transportation, and physical literacy as key issues.

The Nanaimo Foundation continues to work with PacificSport to source the matching funds that will enable an action plan to tackle these issues.

Thanks to the generosity of Black Press with support from Community Foundations of Canada, the #‎YouMakeYourCommunity campaign is running in close to 50 community newspapers in British Columbia, promoting the work community foundations do throughout the province!


Nanaimo Foundation Ad Campaign #1

This week The Nanaimo Foundation launched it’s six-week print advertising campaign in the Nanaimo News Bulletin. Thanks to the generosity of Black Press with support from Community Foundations of Canada, the #YouMakeYourCommunity campaign is running in close to 50 community newspapers in British Columbia, promoting the work community foundations do throughout the province!

Make sure to keep an eye out for the next one!


Leave a Legacy Central Vancouver Island Parnership

December 15, 2014

Central Vancouver Island

For Immediate Release

A group of local charities have joined forces to share news of a national awareness program designed to stress the significance of having an up-to-date Will and to encourage people to leave a gift through their Will or any other gift planning instrument to a charity or non-profit organization of their choice. The group’s goal is to educate Vancouver Islanders on the importance of having a Will and the innovative ways in which to leave a charitable gift through a Will as a means of establishing a lasting legacy for future generations.

The “Nanaimo LEAVE A LEGACY™ Committee” is the local branch of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. An educational session for Central Vancouver Professional Advisors (financial planners, lawyers, and accountants) is currently being planned, and the Committee expects a strong turnout for the May event. May is also “National Leave a Legacy Month”.

“The wonderful thing about this committee is that, as charities, we are all working together towards the common good; promoting philanthropy through a charitable gift in your Will”, says Amber Adams, Leave a Legacy Committee Chair, “There are only three places your money can go when you pass away, to your loved ones, a charity, or the Government. We encourage taking care of your family first and then consider leaving a legacy to your community”. For more information about the Committee and the May event please contact Amber at or like them on Facebook ‘Leave a Legacy Central Vancouver Island’.

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Leave A Legacy CVI

In Picture from left to right: Shannon Milne, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation; Jason Coates, VIU; Amber Adams, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation; Daniel Martinez, Nanaimo Foundation; Barnabas Walther, Columbian Centre Society; Laura Heikkila, United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island; Rebecca Kirk, Literacy Central Vancouver Island; Jeanne Fahlman, Nanaimo Community Hospice Society

Give with GivingTuesday!

Imagine a day dedicated to giving back…around the world, across Canada and here in your community!

Most people know about Black Friday kicking off the holiday shopping season; well, #GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on December 2nd, and it’s also the opening day of the giving season!

Be a part of the movement that celebrates giving back! On December 2nd, support a local cause and donate or volunteer with the charities that matter to you.

Check out some of Nanaimo’s GREAT non-profit organizations below, and feel great giving while making a BIG difference in our community on December 2nd with Giving Tuesday Canada!

Special thanks to Nanaimo Daily NewsGio CreativeShaw TV Nanaimo106.9 The Wolf and 102.3 The Wave for all your support!

Giving Tuesday in Nanaimo!

Boys & Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island –

Crimson Coast Society –

Clay Tree Society –

Columbian Centre Society –

Habitat For Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island –

Island Crisis Care Society –

Literacy Central Vancouver Island –

Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT) –

Nanaimo Child Development Centre –

Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society –

Nanaimo Community Hospice –

Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation –

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation –

Nanaimo Museum –

Nanaimo Travellers Lodge –

Nanaimo Women’s Centre –

Nanaimo Youth Services Association –

Nanaimo Region Rail Trail –

The Port Theatre –

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island –

Vancouver Island Crisis Society –

Vancouver Island University Foundation –


GivingTuesday Local Media

Television / Radio
  • GivingTuesday – go! Island on Shaw TV Nanaimo, November 26th, 2014


GivingTuesday Follows Black Friday – Nanaimo Daily News, November 28th, 2014

See what GivingTuesday is all about!



Nanaimo’s Vital Signs® 2014 Released

The Nanaimo Foundation, alongside twenty-seven other community foundations across Canada launched their ‪Vital Signs‬ reports on October 7th, 2014!

Nanaimo’s Vital Signs® is a community check-up that evaluates our city as a place to live, learn, work and grow. Measuring the health of our city, this report assigns grades in a number of areas that are critical to Nanaimo’s growth and vitality. Information included in this report has been gathered in cooperation with numerous sources that are researching and collecting data on Nanaimo.


Download Nanaimo’s 2014 Vital Signs Report

Nanaimo Foundation Featured in Community Foundations of Canada Ad Campaign

The foundation of my community starts with you and me — and the Nanaimo Foundation!

We are honoured to have the opportunity to be one of twelve communities across Canada, recently featured in Community Foundations of Canada‘s national awareness campaign ‘Community Makes You. You Make Your Community’!

Here’s a peek of the campaign that features our chairman Ted Carson. Special thanks to Dirk Heydemann of Heydemann Art of Photography for taking such a great photo!

This campaign celebrates the 191 community foundations across Canada, and the way communities shape who we are and the role that individuals like you play in making your community a better place to live, work and play. ‪#‎YouMakeYourCommunity‬

Keep your eyes peeled for this print in bus shelters and local publications!

Nanaimo Vital Signs Project Launched to Track Cityʼs Quality of Life

Nanaimo, BC – May 26, 2014 – The Nanaimo Foundation, the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI), and the City of Nanaimo are partnering to produce Nanaimoʼs first ever Vital Signs report.

“This project—tested by community foundations across the country—is an important tool that allows us to engage with the community in order to increase our understanding of Nanaimoʼs issues and trends and what our key priorities should be going forward,” said Tim Mawdsley, Director of Vital Signs with the Nanaimo Foundation.

Sponsored by Island Savings and supported by Vancouver Island University, this community checkup
will identify Nanaimoʼs strengths and highlight areas in need of attention.

“This kind of annual check-up is an essential tool for starting conversations in Nanaimo about the most pressing issues—and greatest opportunities—facing residents today,” said Randy Bertsch, Chief Operations Officer with Island Savings. “As a result, it will no doubt guide Island Savingsʼ ongoing investment program in Central Island communities.”

Information in the report will be gathered from a variety of sources, including surveys, roundtables, and census data. The results will be compiled and presented in a reader-friendly, easy-to-use format to help increase understanding of how the community is doing and where it is heading.

“It can track economic and environmental trends, health, learning, safety, and a number of other factors that all contribute to social issues,” said John Horn, Social Planner, City of Nanaimo.

Signy Madden, Executive Director of UWCNVI, said “Partnering on Vital Signs is such a win/win for our donors and the community as a whole. United Way already tracks issues and invests in 33 effective programs in the Central Island this year, but we have wanted to combine our findings with others producing local data. Better data means more informed ways to tackle pressing social issues and to help galvanize community investment.”

The Vital Signs publication is part of a national initiative that was launched in 2006 by the Community Foundations of Canada. This is the first time the Vital Signs research will be conducted in Nanaimo, and the report plays a key role in the Nanaimo Foundationʼs strategic plan to increase its community development contributions.

Nanaimoʼs inaugural Vital Signs publication will be made available to the public on October 7th, 2014. For more information, contact the Nanaimo Foundation at 250-753-1124 or visit

Photo Names – Left to Right
Tom Harris (Director, Nanaimo Foundation), Randy Bertsch (Chief Operating Officer Island Savings), Signy Madden (Executive Director, United Way), Tim Mawdsley (Chair, Nanaimo Foundation), Don Bonner (Chair, United Way)

Nanaimo Foundation Donates $50,000 to Nanaimo Hospice.


Nanaimo, BC – February 5, 2014 – The Nanaimo Community Hospice Society, a local non-profit that provides compassionate care and support to those in the last stages of living, recently received a $50,000.00 donation from the Nanaimo Foundation towards their Expand the Heart of Hospice campaign.

“Hospice is deeply grateful for the support that the Nanaimo Foundations has provided through their donation,” said Wendy Pratt, Nanaimo Hospice Executive Director. “Because of groups like this, we are now able to offer a beautiful new resource to our community that houses our programs and provides a safe and welcoming space for those who reach out to Hospice for support.”

“The Foundation’s major role is connecting and sharing, making our community better”, said Ted Carson, Chairman, Nanaimo Foundation. “This is only made possible due to the generosity of the citizens of Nanaimo leaving legacies and endowments to the Nanaimo Foundation. We are proud to support Nanaimo Hospice, and appreciate that they have been serving our community for over 30 years, giving compassionate care.”

Photo: [L-R] Tim Mawdsley, Director, Nanaimo Foundation
Wendy Pratt, Executive Director, Nanaimo Community Hospice Society
Jocelyn Matwe, Communications Director, Nanaimo Foundation
Daniel Martinez, Development Director, Nanaimo Foundation