First West Foundation

The First West Foundation has been helping build resilient and resourceful communities since 1996 when it was established by First West Credit Union. The Foundation administrates a number of permanent endowment funds, most notably in conjunction with the Credit Union’s regional divisions: Enderby & District Financial, Envision Financial, Island Savings and Valley First. We distribute income generated from our endowment assets to charities to help improve the quality of life for British Columbians, proudly contributing more than $3.8 million to charities since the Foundation’s inception.
 
The Enderby & District Financial Community Endowment generates funding for organizations serving Enderby and Area F of the North Okanagan District. Funding from this endowment supports community-based projects addressing youth-based programming, enhancing community education and literacy, community services for vulnerable populations and seniors support services.
 
The Envision Financial Community Endowment generates funding for charities and initiatives supporting vulnerable populations in our communities. Up to 30 per cent of available funds from this endowment are also directed to charities for their much needed organizational development needs.
 
The Island Savings Community Endowment supports projects for communities served by Island Savings on Vancouver Island, Pender Island and Salt Spring Island. The funding focus for grants is Promoting Resilient and Sustainable Island communities. Funding will be available for programming that improves people’s capacity and ability to care for themselves and their families; to learn new skills and become resilient in the face of change and challenge; and to become resourceful and self-sufficient. The fund will also support charitable programming that enhances environmental stewardship and sustainability.
 
The Valley First Community Endowment generates funding for charitable programs in the Okanagan, Thompson and Similkameen areas. The current funding focus for grants from this fund is Creating Resilient and Resourceful Communities (with a primary focus on projects enhancing food security).
 
Expanding the Foundation’s reach
In addition to the Credit Union endowments, the First West Foundation also manages a number of donor-advised, donor-named and agency funds. These funds have been established with the Foundation to help realize the donor’s philanthropic goals or in memory of loved ones. 
 
Learn more about the First West Foundation.