To encourage donations to support the BC wildfire relief efforts, Vancity has launched a donation matching program. Every dollar you donate to the Vancity Humanitarian Fund between now and September 30, will be matched (up to $100,000) and then donated to the Canadian Red Cross to support relief efforts.
The provincial government recently announced that it will be matching donations made for wildfire relief up to $20 million, so your donations to the Vancity Humanitarian Fund will be tripled through matching by Vancity and the provincial government. For example, a donation of $100 to the Vancity Humanitarian Fund will be matched by Vancity and the provincial government to become $300.
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Donations of $20 or more will receive an official tax receipt. Official tax receipts will be issued to the individual or organization named on the credit card.
As a values-based financial cooperative, Vancity is committed to promoting social justice and financial inclusion for its members and those who reside in the communities it serves. The Vancity Humanitarian Fund was established in September 2015 in response to the Syrian refugee crisis and to provide ongoing support for organizations that address this and other humanitarian causes.
Vancity invests in this Fund and undertakes many other initiatives to promote financial literacy, encourage member well-being and to build healthy, sustainable communities – all contributing to a more resilient local economy.
Please join us in growing the Fund and our ability to respond to humanitarian issues, now and in the future, through your gift of Vancity my visa rewards plus* points, Vancity shared success dollars, or an online donation.
Supporting humanitarian causes
- In November 2017, the Fund granted $9,000 to Doctors Without Borders to support Rohingya refugee relief – and in support of Vancity staff member Sabrina Meherally’s community fundraising efforts.
- In early 2017, a total of $50,000 was given in grants of $25,000 to each of Abbotsford Community Services and Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria.
- In April 2016, the Vancity Humanitarian Fund granted $100,000 to support local refugee resettlement initiatives through Immigrant Services Society, Mount Pleasant Family Centre, and Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture.
- In December 2015, $33,400 in Vancity members and community donations to the Vancity Humanitarian Fund were matched with a $33,400 contribution from Vancity credit union and distributed to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Member & community donations were also matched by the Canadian government, resulting in a $100,200 contribution to Syrian emergency relief overseas.