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 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 Visa* Rewards points, Vancity shared success dollars, or an online donation.
Supporting humanitarian causes
- In Summer 2021, to support the communities affected by wildfires across BC, Vancity Credit Union, through the Vancity Humanitarian Fund, donated $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross 2021 British Columbia Fires Appeal and committed up to $50,000 in additional matching funds for donations received from members and the public between July 3 and August 3. The community responded with incredible generosity, donating over $116,000. These funds, plus the $50,000 from Vancity, will also be matched by the Provincial and Federal governments.
- In May 2021, a $25,000 contribution was made to the India COVID-19 Response Appeal through the Canadian Red Cross. This donation will help the Red Cross support COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery activities in India, including the distribution of COVID-19 prevention information, providing hygiene items and food packages, supporting ambulance services, and providing logistical support for healthcare services.
- In April 2020, $25,000 was donated to the Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund following the devastating attacks in Portapique, Wentworth, Debert, Shubenacadie and Milford; helping the communities and families directly affected by the tragedy to access supports and begin their journey of recovery.
- In March 2020, a $100,000 contribution was made to the Canadian Red Cross to support their national response to COVID-19.
- In January 2020, in response to the unprecedented Australian bushfires, the Vancity Humanitarian Fund contributed $25,000 to support relief efforts through the Society of Saint-Vincent de Paul, along with many other Credit Unions globally and The World Council of Credit Unions.
- In October 2018, over $7,500 was donated to The Canadian Red Cross to support BC Wildfire Relief efforts. Half of this funding was from Vancity members, and their generous donations were matched by the Fund. Thanks to another donation-matching program of the Provincial Government, Red Cross received over $11,000 in total thanks to Vancity member donations.
- 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 Archway (formerly 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.