GivingTuesday – Dec 1, 2020

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving. On December 1st, join your neighbours, your fellow Canadians, people from around the globe and do one thing to help those struggling due to COVID-19.

Volunteer your time. Donate to your favourite organization. Share new items with those in need.

On GivingTuesday 2020, we encourage gifts to the Nanaimo Community Response Fund to support many local charities in their work to provide relief to the critical needs of our community due to COVID-19.

Click here to make your gift to the Nanaimo Community Response Fund

Send a Charity Gift Card to a loved one

With a CanadaHelps Charity Gift Card, you can send a personalized card in whatever value you choose and your loved one chooses the charity who should receive the funds. To learn more, click here.

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For more ideas on ways to give this GivingTuesday, visit www.givingtuesday.ca

GivingTuesday 2020

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving. On December 1st, join your neighbours, your fellow Canadians, people from around the globe and do one thing to help those struggling due to COVID-19.

Volunteer your time. Donate to your favourite organization. Share new items with those in need.

On GivingTuesday 2020, we encourage gifts to the Nanaimo Community Response Fund to support many local charities in their work to provide relief to the critical needs of our community due to COVID-19.

Click here to make your gift.

Activating Emergency Community Support Fund alongside communities coast to coast to coast

Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. We are proud to be working with the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing more than $200,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations.

Click here for full details.

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.

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/