WHERE WE FUND

ANNUAL CONTRIBUTIONS
($25,500 IN 2023-24)

  1. Scholarship/Awards for Victoria-area Students
    For many years the Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich has contributed awards to students at Esquimalt High School where we have established an INTERACT Club. Starting in 2021 this program was expanded to include graduating students in the Victoria region. ($14,000)
     
  2. Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair
    For more than 20 years the Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich has been a major contributor to the operation of the Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair. The fair is held in April every year for students in Grades 4-12. As many as 200 students from more than 20 schools participate and more than 700 additional students visit the fair. The fair organizers send up to 8 students to the Canada-Wide Science Fair where they represent our region. Rotarians serve as judges and award prizes for Environment-related projects. In 2021 a major $2000 prize was established for the Best Senior Project in the fair. ($4,500)
     
  3. Literacy 1000 x 5
    The Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich has a strong commitment to promote literacy. 1000x5 is based upon the belief that if a child hears 1000 books by the age of 5, he or she will be much better prepared to enjoy and succeed in learning. Wide community participation raises the awareness of the importance of universal early literacy and then we do something about it. ($2000)
     
  4. Camosun Bursary Fund
    The Camosun Bursary Fund was originally created by the Saanich Rotary Club as a way to honour past members. The Victoria-Saanich Club now contributes $5000 annually. Revenue generated by the fund provides money to support several bursaries at Camosun College. ($5000)
     
  5. Project Unity
    The Rotary Club of Victoria is a member of the Project Unity Committee (PUC). This group of Victoria-area Rotary Clubs meet regularly and jointly fund a major project each year. The focus of the Project Unity Committee is to fund World Community Service programs/projects around the world that are eligible for District and R.I. matching grants. ($600) (PUC is being terminated in 2024-25)
These groups are not listed in the annual summaries but the contributions are included in the yearly total.
SUMMARY OF CONTRIBUTIONS BY YEAR
TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS 2011-2024 – $706,178
 
Charitable Donations in 2023-24 – $85,300
   • Anawim House for Women (In-kind donations)
     –
   • Esquimalt High School (Science & Arts )
   5500
   • Craigflower Elementary School
   3000
   • Our Place (Paramedic Kits)
   6800
   • PISE
   5000
   • Sustainability Superstars (Environment)
   5000
   • Take a Hike (Saanich)
   2000
   • Extreme Outreach Society
 10000
   • Seniors Serving Seniors
   5000
   • Soap for Hope
   5000
   • Therapeutic Riding Association
   4500
   • Women's Transition House
   5000
   • BC Children's Hospital Association    3000
 
Charitable Donations in 2022-23 – $64,600
   • Anawim House (In-kind donations)
     –
   • Esquimalt High School (Science & Arts )
 15000
   • Threshold Housing Society
      (Rotary Educational Pursuits Program)
 20000
   • Human Nature Counselling Society
   2100
   • BC Children's Hospital Assoc
   3000
 
Charitable Donations in 2021-22 – $59,040
   • Mustard Seed, Sandi Merriman House &  
     Anawim House (In-kind donations)
     –
   • BC Children's Hospital Assoc
   3000
   • Mustard Seed Food Distribution (forklift)
 15000
   • Cridge Transition House for Women (furniture)
   4290
   • Duke of Edinburgh Awards (fees & boarding)
   2100
   • Literacy 1000 x 5 - Contribution #2
   1000
   • Anawim Companion Society (furniture)
   7000
   • Intercultural Association
        (Employment Computer Lab)
   5000
   • Bicycles for Kenya
     400
   • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria
     750
   •Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness
    Matched by RI District Grant
   4500
 
Charitable Donations in 2020-21 – $43,350
   • Anawim House (In-kind donations)
     –
   • BC Children's Hospital Assoc
  3000
   • Belfry Theatre Handicap Access
  7500
   • Broadmead Care (Mattresses)
10000
   • Heroworks (Y Young Moms)
  5000
   • Literacy 1000 x 5 - Contribution #2
  1000
   • Mount St Mary Homecare
  5000
   • Sandi Merriman House
    750
 
Charitable Donations in 2019-20 – $38,650
   • 2 Bricks West Shore Foundation      400  
   • Anawim House (In-kind donations)  
   • BC Children's Hospital Assoc    3000
   • Chinese Community Services    1000
   • Disaster Aid    1200
   • Heroworks (PEERS)  10000
   • Mustard Seed Next Steps Program    5000
   • Our Place (Laundry equipment)  10000
   • Sandy Merriman House - Purses for Women      450
 
Charitable Donations in 2018-19 – $22,150
   • BC Children's Hospital Assoc
  3000
   • BC Yukon
    475
   • CCPA
    100
   • Our Place
    275
   • Tembo-Kenya Project Unity
  9200
 
Charitable Donations in 2017-18 – $47,538
   • Choir Kids
    100
   • Disabled Sailing Association
32038
   • Rainbow Kitchen
    250
   • Syrian Refugee Contribution
  5000
   • Victoria Hospice
  1000
 
Charitable Donations in 2016-17 – $155,095
   • Camosun Foundation
  9000
   • Cancer Driveline Society
  2250
   • Crisis Intervention Society
15000
   • Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group
91700
   • Mustard Seed Street Church
10000
   • Operation Eyesight
    500
   • Scouts Canada
  2500
   • Tembo-Kenya Project Unity
  6800
   • Victoria Conservatory of Music
    100
   • Victoria Hospice
10945
 
The 2015 Car Raffle yielded $102,000 for the Food Rescue Project which was split between the Mustard Seed and the Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group. This was a joint effort of 8 Victoria-area Rotary Clubs.
 
Charitable Donations in 2015-16 – $68,451
   • Arbutus Singers
  1500
   • Broadmead Care Society
  5300
   • Cancer Driveline Society
  3000
   • Children's Hospital Foundation
      75
   • Mustard Seed Street Church
13500
   • Operation Eyesight
  1000
   • Pacifica Housing Authority Assoc.
  4200
   • Physical Literacy (Pise – multi-year)
25000
   • Rock Solid Foundation
  2500
   • Tembo-Kenya Project Unity
  5776
 
Charitable Donations in 2014-15 – $64,325
   • Artemis Options Society
  5000
   • Mustard Seed Street Church (truck)
18000
   • Operation Eyesight
  1200
   • Physical Literacy (Pise - multiyear)
25000
   • Scouts Canada
  3000
   • Tembo-Kenya Project Unity
  3525
   • Victoria Conservatory of Music
  4000
 


Charitable Donations in 2013-14 – $37,012

   • Community Options for Kids
  1000
   • Mustard Seed Street Church (truck)
18000
   • Operation Eyesight
  1200
   • Phillipines Relief
  1079
   • Rotary Anns
  1000
   • Tembo-Kenya Project Unity
  9233
   • Victoria Read Society
  1000
 
Charitable Donations in 2012-13 – $63,167
   • Mustard Seed Street Church (truck)
18000
   • Operation Eyesight
    600
   • Tembo-Kenya Project Unity
  8750
   • Victoria Rainbow Kitchen
    317
   • Victoria Rainbow Kitchen
30000
   • Victoria Women Transition Society
  1000
   
Charitable Donations in 2011-12 – $70,400
   • Artemis Options Society
10000
   • Bridges for Women
  2000
   • CISC Victoria
  3000
   • Community Options for Kids
  2000
   • Military Family Resource Centre
  2000
   • Mustard Seed Street Church (truck)
20000
   • Need2 Suicide Prevention
  2000
   • Operation Eyesight
  1400
   • Victoria Cool Aid Society
20000
   • Westcoast Amateur Radio Assoc.
  4000