"Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you."

- Luke 6:38

History of the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island - continued Bishop Remi de Roo’s pastoral letter on March 19, 1985, dealt with the foundation:

“Two basic questions are addressed by our Catholic Foundation and the Campaign of Education developed so far:

“1. Do we believe in the MISSION of the Church as it is made incarnate or visible in our particular local diocesan Church on Vancouver Island?

“2. Are we prepared to participate in the life of our diocesan family by supporting its MINISTRY with our time, our talents, our possessions?

“God calls each one of us to look beyond our personal interests and well-being and open our hearts to others as well.

“Like Jesus, we are commissioned to BE FOR OTHERS.

“We receive both an individual or personal and a corporate or communal call to MISSION and MINISTRY.

“The Catholic Foundation is intended to become our major official institution responsible for meeting many of our ongoing basic needs of our people for support in ministry to others.”

The diocese’s contract with E. Compton and Associates called for two experienced fundraising consultants to work for a 15-week period, from February 15 to May 15, 1985, to carry out the “intensive phase” of the fundraising campaign in the diocese.

A special Diocesan Eucharist was held on Wednesday, May 1, 1985, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Cathedral to formally establish the Foundation.

By fall of 1985, the Foundation was established and operated out of an office in Duncan.

On November 2, 1985, the trustees approved a resolution authorizing the Foundation to :

  • Provide funds for the development of St. Andrew’s High School in Victoria, B.C.
  • Provide funds for the construction of a gymnasium for St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Chemainus, B.C.
  • Provide funds for the construction of a sheltered workshop and store for St. Vincent de Paul Society.
  • Provide a contribution to the restoration of the Cathedral of the Diocese of Victoria.

By August 31, 1986, the Foundation had received $1,025,000 with $265,760.15 already disbursed by the end of July 1986.

That month the trustees amended the Indenture of Trust of January 1985 to delete reference to “loans.” This was necessary to get federal government approval for the foundation’s charitable status.

By September 24, 1988, the foundation was officially a registered charity with 0799759-45 as the registration number. (In 2001, it was given a new registration number: 12995 0804 RR0031) and the trustees executed an amended deed.

Also in 1988, the foundation hired a development co-ordinator reporting to the Diocese’s finance officer.

That year the foundation got a logo for $1,000 and Intermedia Production Services Ltd. produced a video “The Spirit of Generosity” for $10,000. By March 1990, 30 per cent of the original target of $5 million was met. The foundation never did the reach the ambitious target of $5 million set in 1984.

Over the years, the foundation has evolved in keeping with the times. Besides the amendments in 1985 and September 24, 1988, the foundation’s Trust Deed was amended in February 20, 1997, in February 20 2000, and February 15, 2004.

The current Trust Deed has the following charitable purposes under Section 2.01 (1):

To solicit and raise funds through the receipt of donations, pledges, bequests and other form of gifts.

At such times and in such proportions and amounts as the Trustee may determine from time to time, to pay or distribute all or any portion of the income of the Trust to assist in respect to any of the following purposes (hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Charitable Purposes”).

Any capital project undertaken by any of the following.

  • The Diocese.
  • A parish (hereinafter referred to as a “Parish”) situated within the Diocese.
  • A Roman Catholic School situated within the Diocese.

The establishment, development, support or maintenance of any of the following within the Diocese.

  • A Parish (including a new Parish).
  • A ministry, whether at the Parish or Diocesan level.
  • Roman Catholic religious education.
  • Social welfare projects.
  • A Roman Catholic school situated within the Diocese.
  • The support or maintenance of Diocesan seminarians.
  • The support or maintenance of retired clergy of the Diocese.
  • The support or maintenance of retired lay workers of the Diocese.
  • The support or maintenance of missionary work of the Diocese.
  • The Support or maintenance of the Roman Catholic Faith, as practised within the Diocese.

Such other charitable objectives as the Trustee may consider appropriate, provided that those objectives are consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as understood and applied within the Diocese.

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- Mark 10:21