Hero Work is among the many charity programs supported over the years by the Victoria Foundation. Input from the the Vital Signs survey, running to July 1, helps guide donors and decision-makers about where funds can have the most impact for the community.

Your opinion matters: Why you need to take the Vital Signs survey

Victoria Foundation’s Vital Signs survey welcomes your input through July 1

You’ve likely seen the stories encouraging you to take Victoria’s Vital Signs survey, but might wonder if your voice matters in the scope of region-wide funding, right?

It sure does!

The results of the survey, hosted by the Victoria Foundation, help guide funders and decision-makers at the municipal, regional and not-for-profit levels as to areas of greatest need.

“In our continued mission to connect people who care with causes that matter, last year the Victoria Foundation distributed a record $2,235,053 in community grants to 106 charities in the Capital Region and beyond – charities and programs serving children and families, supporting the environment, working with housing, transportation, wellness and much more,” says Sandra Richardson, Victoria Foundation CEO. “Those decisions were based both on local facts and statistics, but also what our survey participants are seeing in their community, and what’s most important to them.”

To explore some of those many groups and projects that have received funding in recent years – everything from the Saanich School District to the Community Arts Council of The Saanich Peninsula – visit the Foundation’s Vital Charities page:

  • Search multiple criteria by entering keywords separated by spaces in the search bar, such as “pets” or “Colwood” or “music;”
  • You can also use the toggle arrows at the top of each column to sort by that field.
  • Clicking on an organization name will open a description box with more details.

The two-month Vital Signs survey is open to everyone and the results, paired with local statistics, will form the foundation of the 14th annual Vital Signs report, an annual community check-up measuring the vitality of the Capital Region and supporting action on issues critical to quality of life.

Take the survey today!

This year’s survey – mobile friendly and open through July 1 – is easier than ever to take – simply visit victoriafoundation.ca and follow the link to the survey, which only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

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Established in 1936, the Victoria Foundation is Canada’s second oldest community foundation and the sixth largest of nearly 200 nation-wide. Managing charitable gifts from donors whose generosity allows them to create permanent, income-earning funds, proceeds from these funds are distributed as grants for charitable or educational purposes. To date the Victoria Foundation has invested more than $225 million in people, projects and non-profit organizations strengthening communities and is committed to Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter.

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