The Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island (the 'Foundation') was established in 1985 by a Deed of Trust (the 'Trust') for the purpose of raising funds to enable the Foundation to create, nurture and shepherd an endowment fund.

An endowment fund uses income earned from donations to provide grants to organizations, institutions, groups, or individuals to help them undertake spiritual, educational, social, and charitable projects and programs. Endowment fund donations are prudently invested and only the interest earned annually is used for grants. Thus a donation is a personal legacy that keeps on giving year after year after year.

The Foundation uses its funds to support a variety of eligible projects within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria, including capital projects; the establishment, development, support, or maintenance of a parish or ministry; Catholic education or Catholic schools; social welfare projects; the support or maintenance of Diocesan seminarians; the support or maintenance of retired clergy; support or maintenance for missionary work; or, for other charitable objectives the Trustees may consider appropriate.

Requests for grants from the Foundation, which prudently considers them against the charitable intentions of  the Trust, are examined at the regular meetings of the Foundation. For more information about Grant criteria and deadlines for applications, click on 'Guidelines' above.

HISTORY  

History of the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island

In early 1984, a regional development meeting at St. Edwards in Duncan sowed the seeds of the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island. Those present included Bishop Remi de Roo and Everald Compton of E. Compton and Associates, consultants.

On June 6, 1984, in a memo to all parishes, Bishop Remi de Roo announced the establishment of a trust fund, to be known as the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island. On October 10, 1984, Bishop Remi de Roo appointed the Foundation’s first trustees: Fr. Ken Bernard, Frances Beaton, Bishop Remi J. de Roo, Joe Di Marco, Msgr. Philip Hanley, Sister Mary Ellen King, SSA, Ed Lovick (chair), Les McKinnon and Linda O’Shea.

By September 24, 1988, the Foundation was officially a registered charity.

TRUSTEES  

Many individuals have served as trustees of the Foundation, on a voluntary basis, over the years. We give thanks for the service of all these volunteers.

2017 – 2018

Bishop Gary Gordon, Fr. Stephen G Paine, Thomas Cunniffe, Phillip Jennings, Ronald McClelland, Margaret Walters, Thomas P Siemens, Sr. Kerry M Rowland, Colleen Lissamer, Catherine Minvielle, Leah MacKenzie

2016 – 2017

Bishop Gary Gordon, Fr. Stephen G Paine, Thomas Cunniffe, Phillip Jennings, Ronald McClelland, Margaret Walters, Thomas P Siemens, Sr. Kerry M Rowland, Colleen Lissamer, Catherine Minvielle, Leah MacKenzie

2014 – 2015

Bishop Gary Gordon, Fr. Stephen G Paine, Charlotte Herkel, Phillip Jennings, Ronald McClelland, Margaret Walters, Thomas P Siemens, Sr. Kerry M Rowland, Colleen Lissamer, Judy Roberts, Leah MacKenzie

2013 – 2014

Bishop Richard Gagnon, Fr. Stephen G Paine, Charlotte Herkel, Phillip Jennings, Kerry M Rowland, Rose Marie Hague, Terence T. Penney, Thomas P Siemens, Sr Marina Smith SSA, Colleen Lissamer, Leah MacKenzie

2012 – 2013

Ben Pires (Chair), Colleen Lissamer, Charlotte Herkel, Judy Roberts, Keith Jones, Sr. Marina Smith SSA, Bishop Richard Gagnon, Rose Marie Hague, Fr. Stephen Paine, Terence Penney

2011 – 2012

Ben Pires (Chair), Colleen Lissamer, Charlotte Herkel, Judy Roberts, Keith Jones, Sr. Marina Smith SSA, Bishop Richard Gagnon, Rose Marie Hague, Fr. Stephen Paine, Terence Penney

Donate

Make an online donation

WAYS TO DONATE  

How to Donate At Any Time

Make an Automatic Debit Deposit (PAD) to the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island by directing your bank to make weekly or monthly payments from your credit card or bank account.

You set up this Automatic Debit Deposit just once and subsequent payments are automatically withdrawn. It is quick, safe and the easiest method to make a donation.

You will need to fill out the form, print it, and take it to your bank. An income tax receipt will be provided at the end of the year for all donations made during the year.

Mail a cheque payable to Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island. An income tax receipt will automatically be issued for all donations over $20 and on request for donations under $20

Mail your cheque to: 

The Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island
1-4044 Nelthorpe Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8X 2A1

Donate online through CanadaHelps.org.

This is a safe and secure site that provides you with the choice of an immediate income tax receipt or a receipt that you can download at tax time. You can use your credit card to make the donation. You can donate on a one-time basis or set up automatic periodic donations.

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Make a donation as part of your estate plan.

  • Registered Plans: you can make the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island a beneficiary of your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF). This gift will not occur until your death, and your estate will benefit from a tax deduction based on the portion of the plan that is donated to the Foundation.
  • Bequest: leave a bequest in your will to the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island. Again, your estate will benefit from a tax deduction based on the amount donated in your will.
  • Life Insurance: you can make the Foundation a beneficiary of your life insurance policy by revising your existing policy or taking out a new one. By paying relatively small premiums now, your policy will make a large gift to the Foundation later. Your estate will be able to benefit from a tax deduction equal to the death benefit that is donated to the Foundation.

Other Points to Ponder

The following donation strategies are a little more involved. You should consult with a professional in order to determine whether these strategies are right for you.

  • Securities: you can transfer your publicly traded stocks and bonds (including mutual funds) to the Foundation without converting them to cash. This can provide a better tax result than converting the securities to cash and donating the cash.
  • Real Estate and Other Property: you can receive an immediate tax deduction and continue to use and enjoy your real estate and other property for the remainder of your life (or the joint lives of you and your spouse) by placing the real estate in a charitable remainder trust.
    • Because the Foundation would not have access to your property until after your death, the tax deduction would be discounted by your remaining life expectancy but would be deductible from your current income (the deduction would not be postponed until your death).
  • Gift Annuities: you can make a gift of investments to the Foundation now without giving up the income you receive from those investments.
  • Named Endowment Funds: you can name a fund after yourself or someone you wish to honour if you donate a minimum amount of $50,000. You may direct this fund to a specific purpose of your choice as long as the purpose is compatible with the objects of the Foundation.

Apply for a grant

Please complete the application form, complete with requested documentation uploads, and click 'submit'.

Grant applications must be submitted by October 31 and May 31 in order to be considered by the Trustees at their regularly scheduled meetings.

Trustees reserve the right to request documented proof that the funds have been disbursed in accordance with the intent of the grant.

General information and guidelines for organizations seeking support from the Foundation

All grants must be made to Canadian Registered Charities and fall within the following categories:
  • Any capital project undertaken by any of the following:
    • The Diocese of Victoria.
    • A parish within the Diocese.
    • A Roman Catholic school situated within the Diocese.
  • The establishment, development, support or maintenance of any of the following within the Diocese:
    • A Parish (including a new Parish).
    • A ministry, whether at the Parish or Diocesan level.
    • Roman Catholic religious education.
    • Social welfare projects.
    • A Roman Catholic school situated within the Diocese.
  • The support or maintenance of Diocesan seminarians.
  • The support or maintenance of retired clergy of the Diocese.
  • The support or maintenance of retired lay workers of the Diocese.
  • The support or maintenance of missionary work of the Diocese.
  • The support or maintenance of the Roman Catholic faith, as practiced within the Diocese.
  • Such other charitable objectives as the Trustee may consider appropriate, provided that those objectives are consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as understood and applied within the Diocese.

The Foundation is limited to granting funds from interest revenue only and in accordance with its Trust Deed.

Generally requests will not be considered for:

  • Ongoing operating expenses
  • Grants to individuals
  • Deficit reduction
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • The entire capital cost of a project

Grant applications are to be submitted by October 31 and May 31 in order to be considered by the Trustees at their scheduled meetings.

The Trustees reserve the right to request documented proof that the funds have been disbursed in accordance with the intent of the grant.

 

Contact us

Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island

1 – 4044 Nelthorpe Street
Victoria BC V8X 2A1

Telephone: (250) 479-1331
Fax: (250) 479-5423
Email: catholicfoundation@rcdvictoria.org

Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria

1 – 4044 Nelthorpe Street
Victoria BC V8X 2A1

Telephone: (250) 479-1331
Fax: (250) 479-5423
Email: chancery@rcdvictoria.org