Announcement – After 7 years as Development Officer and then Executive Director, Laurie Bienert has decided to move on from her role with the Nanaimo Foundation. Thus, as of June 1st, 2022, Laurie has completed her tenure with us. Laurie has provided many excellent services to the foundation over these years helping us grow our capacity to serve the many needs in our community with increased endowments, attracting COVID relief funding, facilitating Neighbourhood Small Grants, and building relations with donors in the five communities we serve – Lantzville, Gabriola, Cedar, Ladysmith and Nanaimo. We thank Laurie and wish her well in her future endeavors.

Our board of directors is now in the process of reviewing the Foundation’s development and administrative needs as we begin the search for talent to help us continue to increase our ability to provide financial assistance for the many community initiatives in need of support. Over the last decade, the Nanaimo Foundation has increased its capacity to support the community by 300%. Still, as our population continues to grow, grant applications continue to exceed our capacity to give. Those who wish to contribute to the Foundation are invited to contact Foundation Chair, Daniel Martinez directly until a new Development Manager is in place. Opportunities exist for interested donors to create their own self-directed funds or contribute to the Foundation’s unrestricted fund which provides us with flexibility to respond to emerging needs in our community (described easiest geographically as School District 68).