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Donor Advised Directory

Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Legacy Fund

WE ARE ALL ABOUT VOLUNTEERISM!

The application deadlines are May 31 and October 31 each year.

What we do:
The goal of the Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Foundation is to stimulate volunteerism while promoting community involvement for the employees, retirees, and family members within our Bond.

The breeze, the trees, the honey bees - ALL volunteers! ~Juliet Carinreap

The Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Legacy Fund (administered by the Vancity Community Foundation -- read our history) serves as a place where donations will grow in perpetuity and will make grants in the years to come in support of our future generation of volunteers.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill

The grants we provide are more than just dollars to community as they benefit the volunteer members within our common bond community. We focus directly on our members needs and promote their community involvement, as is reflected by the principles of the Credit Union. That's what makes us different from other foundations!

Our Community Focus:
The Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Legacy Fund provides grants of up to $5000 to charitable organizations in support of the following focus areas:
  • - Youth
  • - Community enhancement
  • - Crime prevention
  • - Environment
For more information please refer to our funding guidelines.

If your organization would like to apply for funding, please complete this application form. Note: Please ensure you have the latest version of Adobe installed (for free) on your computer in order for this application to be completed and saved properly. Download now.
Please note the application deadlines are May 31 and October 31 each year.

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another. ~ Erma Bombeck>

To date, almost $350,000 has been granted to all corners of our beautiful province, originally from the Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Foundation and in more recent years, through the Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Legacy Fund. View a complete listing of our previous grant recipients.

A worthy note to mention...70% of all earnings from the Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Legacy Fund are used to collaborate with the Vancity Community Foundation to support their core granting program. Since 2007, we have contributed over $300,000 to our VCF partner. Visit the Vancity Community Foundation for more information on their strategic grants program and community collaboration.

Still have questions? Contact Jacqueline Dagg, Specialist, Philanthropic Services at the Vancity Community Foundation at 604.877.6584 or jacqueline_dagg@vancity.com.

Ways to donate:
-- Donate online to the Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Legacy Fund.
-- If you are a Vancity Member, you can donate directly from your Vancity VISA or personal account.

Our Historical Timeline:
Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union was established as a result of a merger that included VanTel, Safeway Employees and Pacific Paper Credit Unions. It was a closed bond credit union for the employees and retirees of TELUS, Safeway, Kruger Products (Scott Paper), Pacific Newspaper Group (Vancouver Sun & The Province), Summit Logistics Inc., and/or one of their affiliated companies and unions.

The Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Foundation was created in 1999 to encourage volunteerism among bond members while providing grants to support these organizations in which they dedicate time.

Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union merged with Vancity Credit Union in 2007. The Van Tel/ Safeway Credit Union Legacy Fund was established to provide a legacy to honour the history of and relationships built during more than 60 years of service Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union provided and to serve as a place where donations can grow and be made available for future generations.

For over 60 years, our credit unions provided a safe haven for our closed bond membership. Unlike most credit unions of today, in order to become a member of our credit union, you had to work for the parent company, union, or be a relative of someone who worked for the company, union etc. That is where the term "closed bond credit union" comes from. The financial world has changed very quickly and although we provided great service to our members, we had to keep up with the changes and merged with Vancity. We saw this as both the ending of an era, and the beginning of a new relationship. It was with the strong bond we built with our members, a sort of extended family, that we created the VTSCULF.

VTSCULF Board members Kelly Jones and Derek Lee visit Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation for a cheque presentation and site visit in February 2012.


  • Current Bond Members: TELUS, Safeway, Kruger Products (Scott Paper), Pacific Newspaper Group (Vancouver Sun & The Province), and/or one of their affiliated companies and unions.