GivingTuesday Is Back!

It’s official! City of Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay declares Tuesday, December 1, 2015 as GivingTuesday! View the official proclamation here!

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

Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season!

Join us and the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island and be a part of the movement that celebrates giving back! On December 1st, support a local cause and donate or volunteer with the charities that matter to you.

As a part of promoting the spirit of giving, we are providing an easy and convenient option for Nanaimo and area residents to donate to our campaign. From December 1st to 31st, 2015, we invite you to TEXT ‘COMMUNITY’ to 20222 on your mobile phone and donate $5, $10, $20 or even $25! All donations raised through this initiative will be divided equally between these GREAT non-profit organizations below!

Looking to donate directly? Visit the links below or click here to donate through the GivingTuesday website!



Crimson Coast Society –

Gabriola Health Care Foundation –

Island Crisis Care Society –

The Men’s Centre –

Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation –

Nanaimo Art Gallery –

Nanaimo Community Hospice –

Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society –

Nanaimo Foodshare –

Nanaimo Museum –

Nanaimo Travellers Lodge –

Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization (NUKO) –

Nanaimo Women’s Centre –

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation –

Parent Support Services Society of BC –

Vancouver Island Crisis Society –

Vancouver Island Symphony –

Special thanks to Gio Creative, Elite Image, Nanaimo News Bulletin, and Shaw TV for your support with this year’s campaign!


GivingTuesday Local Media

Television / Radio

Giving Tuesday featured on go! on Shaw TV Nanaimo (starts at 03:30) – Nov 27th, 2015


 Giving Tuesday spreads spirit of season – Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nov 30th, 2015

Social Media

Tell us how you’re giving back! Tag us on Twitter at @NanaimoFdn or @NanaimoFoundation on Facebook, and use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayCA or #MyCommunityGift and we’ll share your stories!


GivingTuesday 2015 Poster

GivingTuesday 2015 Postcards

See what GivingTuesday is all about!



You Make Your Community – Environment

What will your legacy be? Help guide the future of your community and the causes you care about! Since 1982 The Nanaimo Foundation has worked closely with donors and supporters from many walks of life, granting monies annually to a broad range of charitable organizations and worthy causes. Contact us to see how your gift can help build a better tomorrow.

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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!

You Make Your Community – Education

Since 2012, The Elaine and Elwood Wylie Memorial Award, an endowment fund with the Nanaimo Foundation, has been presented to School District 68 students who are active members in the Nanaimo Track & Field Club and who display great leadership and sportsmanship skills. Elwood, inducted into the Nanaimo Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, spearheaded the development of the Nanaimo Track and Field Club and his annual award continues his legacy in Nanaimo athletics.

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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!

You Make Your Community – Recreation

As part of the legacy from the 2014 BC Summer Games held in Nanaimo, a $60,000 legacy fund was created in partnership between the Nanaimo 2014 BC Summer Games Society and the Nanaimo Foundation. $2,000 will be distributed annually to deserving students in School District 68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith. – Read more here





























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, You’ve Been Touched By A Random Act Of Kindness!

RAK Card - Template re-designRandom Act of Kindness Day® is a day to celebrate and encourage others to pay “acts of kindness” forward.

November 6th, 2015 marks the inaugural Random Act of Kindness Day in Nanaimo! Since 2008, this special day has brought Canadian communities together by engaging citizens in small acts of kindness and generosity.

Throughout our community, “kindness cards” and posters have been distributed to various businesses and local organizations to encourage people to perform a simple act of kindness for someone – a neighbour, a friend, a co-worker, or someone they don’t even know – and hand the card over to that person – encouraging him/her to do the same.

Acts of kindness don’t have to cost anything. From holding a door open for someone, sharing words of encouragement, saying hello to a neighbour – these are all the kinds of acts that you can “pay forward” on this special day.

Visit for more info and to see where you can pick up a stack of RAK Cards to share!

Carry out an act of kindness, with no expectation of reward or punishment. Safe in the knowledge that one day, someone somewhere might do the same for you.”
– Princess Diana

You Make Your Community – About Us

This week The Nanaimo Foundation launched a 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!


Ladysmith Community Engagement Presentation & Discussion

Did you know that the geographical area served by the Nanaimo Foundation includes the community of Ladysmith? In recent years, we have provided grants to organizations such as the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association, the Ladysmith Boys & Girls Club, and the Ladysmith Kinsmen.  Our mission is to steward the gifts of energy, ideas, time, and money to make meaningful and lasting impacts in our community.  With a vision for a healthy, vibrant, livable and sustainable community—a community that is able to include, and offer opportunities to, everyone.

The Nanaimo Foundation recognizes the unique spirit of Ladysmith and wants to deepen our efforts to help build an even stronger community. Recently, we were approached by Bruce Whittington, an active member of the Ladysmith community, and together we have been exploring ways that we can increase our impact in Ladysmith. To that end, we are hosting a presentation and discussion on building vibrancy, health, and resiliency in the Town of Ladysmith on November 30th at Eagles Hall. We hope you will attend!

Monday, November 30th
7:00 pm – 8: 00pm
Eagles Hall
921 – 1st Ave, Ladysmith

For more information, please contact Laurie Bienert, Development Officer, Nanaimo Foundation at 250.667.4292 or [email protected]

Ladysmith Community Engagement Presentation & Discussion


Nanaimo’s Vital Signs® 2015 Released

The Nanaimo Foundation, alongside twenty-seven other community foundations across Canada launched their ‪Vital Signs‬ reports on October 6th, 2015!

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 2015 Vital Signs Report

New this year, thanks to our research partners at the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) you can download the source documents for this year’s report.

Nanaimo Vital Signs Source Document 2015

Nanaimo’s Vital Signs Survey Closes Friday

Just a few days left to participate in this year’s survey!

Nanaimo’s Vital Signs® is a community check-up that evaluates our city as a place to live, learn, work and grow. This report assigns grades in a number of areas that are critical to Nanaimo’s growth and vitality, and helps us and other community organizations decide where to direct grants and financial support.

Building on the success of our 2014 Vital Signs Report, the Nanaimo Foundation, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, the City of Nanaimo, and Island Savings invite you to weigh in on ten critical issue areas. This survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and no personal information will be kept and you will not be contacted as a result of completing this survey.

Participants can also enter to win one of two CCM Alpine 24″ Full Suspension Mountain Bikes (valued at $500 each), thanks to Tom Harris and to Carl Head of Canadian Tire – Nanaimo North Town Centre. Just complete the survey and fill out the prize information section at the end of the survey.

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A huge thank you to those who have already participated in the survey. Please help us with one final push and share this email with your friends, colleagues, students, and community groups; every voice is valuable.

(Photo: Kezia Wright, Sales Associate, Tim Mawdsley, Chair, Nanaimo Vital Signs, Marc Telosky, Sports Manager)

PacificSport VI Partners Team Up on Aboriginal Sport Initiative

pacific sport goodJuly 7, 2015 (Nanaimo): PacificSport Vancouver Island, Young Professionals of Nanaimo, and the BC Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council, together with the Nanaimo Foundation have teamed up, collectively raising $40,000 for an Aboriginal Sport Program in Nanaimo. (via

Aboriginal participants are noticeably underrepresented in sport and physical activity in Canada and Nanaimo is no different. Registration fees and transportation are identified as the two key barriers to participation for Nanaimo’s Aboriginal children according to community consultations with seven Nanaimo area Aboriginal stakeholders including; Tillicum Lelum Friendship Centre, Snuneymuxw First Nation, Stz’uminus First Nation, Sna-naw-as First Nation, Nanaimo Youth Services, Mid-Island Metis Nation, and Kwumut Lelum Family Services. All of whom will be included in the project roll-out.

The program is focused on the introduction of grass roots programs that will address access issues within the Aboriginal community of Nanaimo. Programs and activities will be based on ‘Physical Literacy’ principles to address deficiencies common to all children in Canada.  Children need to learn how to read and write; just as important is learning how their bodies move through fundamental movement skills.  This is physical literacy and it is a critical building block for staying active for Life!

“The Aboriginal Community makes up 5% of the region’s population, however they are disproportionately underrepresented in mainstream community sport,” says Drew Cooper, General Manager of PacificSport Vancouver Island.  “PacificSport saw this as a fantastic way to collaborate in order to increase capacity within the Aboriginal sport community while building physical literacy opportunity for kids”.

“The Nanaimo Foundation is extremely pleased to provide this matching grant to help bring sport and philanthropy together, creating a stronger, healthier and more resilient community”, says Ted Carson, Chair of the Nanaimo Foundation. “We will work together on creating success in enhancing the quality and quantity of physical activity opportunities within the Aboriginal community, removing barriers to physical engagement and improving the health and well-being of our youth”.

Delivered in four phases the project will include; Training for Aboriginal Sport Leaders, Family Drop -in Activities, Summer Camps for Kids, and House League System for Soccer and Lacrosse with a focus on skill development.

“The Young Professionals of Nanaimo (YPN) have been very engaged in this project right from the very beginning stage,” said Daniel Martinez, YPN President.  “We participated in the community consultation process and the results were eye opening! YPN is thrilled to have participated in securing funds for this initiative”.

About Pacific Sport
Established in 1995, PacificSport Vancouver Island is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing sport participation for all ages and abilities through the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) program.  From grassroots, community sport day camps to high performance athlete development, PacificSport Vancouver Island inspires and engages our community to excel and be active for life.

About the Nanaimo Foundation
Since 1982, the Nanaimo Foundation has been connecting visionary donors with causes that truly matter. Every year, with our donors, we help fund capital projects and pilot projects—large and small—in support of areas such as arts and culture, education, children and youth, environment, animal welfare, community health and social development. We collaborate with other charities and non-profits to provide funding for innovative projects to solve larger community issues.

About YPN
The Young Professionals of Nanaimo is a not-for-profit organization working toward creating a vibrant and connected network of Nanaimo’s top young professionals, entrepreneurs and employees.  YPN members represent more than 50 of Nanaimo’s top companies in a variety of industries.


Media contacts
Jenn Houtby-Ferguson
Phone:  250-713-9849
Email:  [email protected]