to provide support to humanitarian causes.
UPDATED: April 18, 2016 -- the Vancity Humanitarian Fund recently granted $100,000 to support local refugee resettlement initiatives through organizations like Immigrant Services Society
, Mount Pleasant Family Centre
, and Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture
. You can find out more details about how this grant will make a difference for refugees settling in our communities here
. The next focus will be raise funds to support refugees settling outside of the Lower Mainland, in communities such as Abbotsford and Victoria.
December 1, 2015 -- In response to the current refugee crisis and to provide ongoing support for other humanitarian issues, Vancity has developed a new endowment fund with the Vancity Community Foundation and will match all donations up to $125,000. For example, a $50 donation now becomes a $100 gift.
Funds donated to the Vancity Humanitarian Fund to Nov. 30 will be distributed to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
, and matched by Vancity. Additionally, the Canadian government will match this money, designating it to their own Syrian Emergency Relief Fund.
From Dec. 1 onwards and throughout the coming year, funds donated to the Vancity Humanitarian Fund will be designated to local charities that help refugees settle in our communities. These funds are not federally matched, but Vancity will match them.
In addition to matching donations through our humanitarian fund, Vancity has taken further action to respond by sending a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (from Tamara and board chair, Jan O'Brien) calling for immediate action to accept 100,000 refugees.
Donate online to the Vancity Humanitarian Fund.
If you are a Vancity Member, you can donate directly from your Vancity VISA or personal account.
- Log into online banking.
- Find the VCF (Vancity Community Foundation) Donation Form under the Pay Bills section on the left.
- Select the Vancity Humanitarian Fund in the drop down menu as fund to donate to, and select your payment method.
- Fill in your contact information for your donation tax receipt.
You can donate your Vancity Visa Rewards Plus points
to the Vancity Humanitarian Fund directly. Your points really do convert to rewards for you and the things you care about. Not only will you get the satisfaction you're making a difference in the community, you'll receive an official tax receipt. And, you can donate with as little as 2,000 points. Visit My VISA Rewards Plus to learn more.