Welcome to the Salt Spring Island Foundation Website!
Fall Grants Announced
In November the Foundation approved over $80,000 in grants to local charities: see the full list here.
Our 30th Anniversary
Party in the Park
The Salt Spring Island Foundation thanks all those who generously contributed to our 30th Anniversary Party in the Park:
- Barb’s Buns
- Country Grocer
- Mouat’s Home Hardware
- Pauline McDonald
- Salt Spring Conjuring Club
- Salt Spring Cooperative Preschool
- Salt Spring Island Fruitsicles
- Thrifty Foods
Much gratitude is also due to the Foundation volunteers, donors, representatives of non-profit organizations, musicians and other islanders who came together to celebrate 30 years of giving: you are truly the foundation of our community!
Foundation Board chair Carol Biely and former chair Bob Rush cut the 30th anniversary cake at the Foundation’s Community Party in the Park, held on August 24, 2014.
2013 Annual Report released - 2013 Salt Spring Island Foundation Annual Report (pdf)
Did you know that the Salt Spring Island Foundation is part of a network of 191 community foundations in Canada? See the national TV ad that’s giving us all a voice.
We want 100,000 Canadians to see our anthem to community and we need your help to get there. Post the TV spot to your website or start sharing via social media – encourage your friends and followers to get the word out about our movement of 191 strong!
|Did you know that there is a new tax super-credit for charitable donations by first-time donors? On a $1,000 donation your tax credit in BC is increased from $389.72 up to $639.72. This is a great opportunity to help your community through the Foundation while benefiting from a larger tax credit. For more information, visit the CRA website at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/bdgt/2013/qa01-eng.html#q4
2012 Community Needs Survey Results:
See our full report - 2012 Community Needs Survey Results (pdf) and Press Release (pdf)
Respondents identified the top five critical needs on the island that are not currently being met
- Housing (includes emergency services and shelter, long-term and affordable housing), 65.9%
- Community health services (includes mental health and health care education), 52.2%
- Poverty issues, 50.6%
- Agriculture and food supply, 40.8%
- Children's, youth and family services, 39.8%
In addition, members of not-for-profit organizations who responded to the survey were asked
to identify their organizations' particular challenges-"barriers to organizational effectiveness."
Shortage of funds was the number one problem, followed closely by the related issues of
difficulty fundraising and obtaining grants. Lack of members willing to volunteer was also
identified as a problem, but this was not as significant as limited funds.
Message from Carol Biely, Chair
If, like me, you are lucky enough to live on Salt Spring, you will be surrounded by community projects and initiatives supported by the Foundation.
We offer you a one-stop way to support many aspects of community life. Whether your interest is in supporting conservation, the arts, children, seniors, families, other social services—or all of the above—your donation to the Foundation now or through a bequest will help you leave a lasting legacy to benefit the island for years to come.
You can be confident that the Foundation’s board members are committed to the growth and careful stewardship of our endowment funds, and to responsible and balanced granting to deserving organizations.
For more information please contact one of the board members, or send us an e-mail. Together we can make Salt Spring Island an even better place to live, work and play.
Chair, Board of Directors
- Donations and bequests totalled $567,263
- Community Endowment Fund grew to over $5.1 million
- Local charities were given over $148,000 in grants
$18,000 was directed toward addressing mental health needs, $25,000 supported affordable housing needs,
and $20,400 went to projects benefitting children and youth
Smart & Caring Salt Spring initiative launched to grow philanthropy and tackle critical issues
2012 Community Needs Survey
The Salt Spring Island Foundation thanks everyone in the community who took the time to
complete the Foundation’s recent online Community Needs Survey. The survey asked what
residents saw as the most critical issues facing the community and the island’s not-for-profit
There were 446 responses to the survey, a good representation of the island’s year-round
population of approximately 10,000 people.
See the full report here.
Community Resource Guide
The Communiity Resource Directory is a comprehensive listing of non-profit societies, organizations, and groups providing services to the island.
Youth in Philanthropy
The Salt Spring Island Foundation is interested in hearing from young people who would like to join our new Youth in Philanthropy group. Please contact us for more information.