Local artist donates paintings to Community Response Fund

Nanaimomite Andrea Thomas has donated 12 COVID-themed paintings to be auctioned with the proceeds going towards the Nanaimo Community Response Fund.

“During this global pandemic, while everyone is self-isolating, I turned my dining room into an art studio.  It started with the heart painting which was inspired by the Hearts in the Window movement,” says Andrea Thomas.  “From there, I decided to create a whole series of COVID 19 themed paintings and started producing a painting almost every day.”

Click here to learn more about the artist and visit the auction.

Community Response Fund

Donors of the Nanaimo Foundation and the Tom Harris Community Foundation have contributed a total of $150,000 to launch the Community Response Fund and provide relief to urgent community needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the Nanaimo Foundation and the Tom Harris Community Foundation in raising coronavirus emergency relief for our community. Learn more here.

Thriving Non-Profits

The Nanaimo Foundation, in partnership with Scale Collaborative, is pleased to bring the Thriving Non-Profits Program to Central Vancouver Island.

Thriving Non-Profits is a six-month cohort program for non-profit and charitable organizations looking to increase their long-term financial sustainability and deepen their impact by developing a range of strategies.

Thriving Non-Profits has been operating in Victoria for five years, helping organizations shift from scarcity to abundance, and from short-term projects to long-term outcomes.

Learn more here.

Neighbourhood Small Grants applications now open

Applications for Neighbourhood Small Grants are now open. In 2020, the Nanaimo Foundation will be providing these grants in the communities of HarewoodLantzvilleLadysmith, and Gabriola Island.

To learn more about the program, or to submit your application, see https://www.nanaimofoundation.com/neighbourhood-small-grants/

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, we recognize that projects funded by these grants may need to be postponed. We still encourage you to apply. Where necessary, grant applications and project completion deadlines may be extended. If this occurs, all applicants will be informed, and new deadlines will be published for anyone who may be considering applying.

International Women's Day Nanaimo

Two Local Women Establish the Nanaimo Sisterhood Fund

The Nanaimo Sisterhood Fund was established in 2020 by Courtenay Ndiaye and Anu Mayer to support and empower local women and girls.

This important fund will respond to the current needs of the women and girls in our community. This year, the Nanaimo Sisterhood Fund focus will be post-secondary education for young women. Bursaries will be provided young women in need in our community  The Nanaimo Sisterhood Fund aims to provide bursaries to women in need.

These bursaries will provide an opportunity for young women to access quality education and will help empower the recipients, knowing other women are behind them and believe in them.

Click here to make a gift to the Nanaimo Sisterhood Fund

Neighbourhood Small Grants Info Session

Do you have an idea for a project that will help connect and engage residents in your neighbourhood? Join us on March 7th to learn how you can apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant, or how you can become involved with your community’s Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee. Refreshments will be available!

  • When: Saturday, March 7th, 2-5p.m.
  • Where: St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall , 100 Chapel Street, Nanaimo

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at [email protected], or on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/174984670477220/

Neighbourhood Small Grants are grants of $50-$500 for projects that help build community and strengthen connections where people live. In 2020, The Nanaimo Foundation will be providing Neighbourhood Small Grants in the communities of Harewood, Lantzville, Ladysmith, and Gabriola Island.  For commonly-asked questions about Neighbourhood Small Grants and Grant Committees, see https://www.nanaimofoundation.com/neighbourhood-small-grants/

2019 Nanaimo Vital Signs Report

Nanaimo’s Vital Signs report presents valuable information on where our community currently stands and how our community is trending across a wide range of local issues. This comprehensive report compiles the most recent local data and research, allowing us to understand the current well-being of our community and identify opportunities for action. As the community foundation of Nanaimo, we are proud to provide this valuable tool to our community as a resource for our residents, businesses, local government, and community stakeholders.

The 2019 Nanaimo Vital Signs report will be released on November 7th. Find the full details here: www.nanaimofoundation.com/vital-signs

The 9th Annual Garrett Paquette Seafood Extravaganza with Aaron Pritchett

Saturday, November 9th at 5:30 pm

Vancouver Island Conference Centre

101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo, BC


Tickets $125

$150 – after September 30th

$75 tax receipt emailed immediately with ticket purchase


Table of 8 – $1000

$1200 – after September 30th

$500 tax receipt emailed immediately with table purchase


Click here to purchase tickets


The MOMO Seafood Extravaganza is held each year in honour of Garrett Paquette—carrying on Garrett’s legacy of generosity. Garrett lived his life with humble kindness towards all those around him, be they best friends or someone who just needed a friend.

When Garrett passed away suddenly on November 11, 2011 at the far-too-young age of 30, he was passionately raising funds for Movember, an annual fundraiser that raises money and awareness for men’s healthy, specifically prostate cancer. His father, Roger Paquette, decided to carry on the torch for his son. The Garrett Paquette campaign raised $115,000, making it the largest Movember fundraiser in the world.

Now an annual flagship event in Nanaimo, the Garrett Paquette MOMO Seafood Extravaganza has raised more than $500,000. After a few years of raising funds for Movember, Roger Paquette decided this tribute to his son should focus on supporting local needs in our Nanaimo community.

A special fund at the Nanaimo Foundation provides much needed support to remove plastic waste from our waters

Thanks to a gift from the Stanley de Vos fund held at the Nanaimo Foundation, the Rugged Coast Research Society is one step closer to expanding its efforts in marine plastic removal and marine debris mapping.

The Rugged Coast team (RCRS) is comprised of marine industry professionals, marine biologists and entrepreneurs who share a passion for marine ecology and marine recreation. RCRS has been mapping plastic debris accumulation along the BC Coast since 2017. Marine plastic debris has been found in all locations, however, several locations contain significantly greater concentrations and are therefore priority areas for clean-up.

“The Rugged Coast Research Society’s efforts in marine debris mapping helps us to understand where plastic waste is coming from that results in our local waters,” says Renny Talbot, founder of the Rugged Coast Research Society. “This enables us to more effectively take action in the appropriate direction to minimize the plastics that are ending up in the ocean around Vancouver Island.”

The Stanley de Vos Fund has committed to matching all donations to the Rugged Coast Research Society up to a total of $15,500.

The Stanley de Vos Fund was established at the Nanaimo Foundation in 2014. This fund has supported a range of local needs including the 7-10 Club, Nanaimo Area Land Trust, and the Nanaimo Art Gallery. Each year the Stanley de Vos Fund selects local projects to support from their fund.

“As with each one of our donor advised funds, the Stanley de Vos Fund began with a donation and a vision to support our community in variety of ways.” says Laurie Bienert, executive director of the Nanaimo Foundation. “Over the last five years, this fund has grown with annual donations from the fund founders and investment income allowing it to make interesting and impactful grants in our community.”