Valley First

Charitable Foundation

In 2010, when Valley First and Envision Financial merged as First West Credit Union, the Valley First board of directors gifted $1 million to the First West Foundation to start the Valley First Community Endowment. The Credit Union is continuing to grow this endowment by donating a portion of its profits annually and the endowment now holds just over $2 million.

Members are also welcomed to support the Valley First Community Endowment through donations. All gifts above $10 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt and because the Credit Union supports the administrative needs of the Foundation, 100% of donations go toward building the endowment for greater community support.

Grants from this endowment are in support of creating resilient and resourceful communities, with a particular emphasis on hunger and food security projects. To date, $324,686 has been distributed to charities since 2011 from this fund.

In addition to the Valley First Community Endowment, the First West Foundation also manages a number of other endowment funds including:

  • Enderby & District Financial Community Endowment
  • Envision Financial Community Endowment
  • Island Savings Community Endowment
  • Envision-Region Employees' Endowment
  • Peter Podovinikoff Scholarship Endowment
  • Frank Jamieson Memorial Endowment
  • Gord and Enrica Huston Endowment
  • Ben H. Voth Legacy Endowment
  • Sally O’Sullivan Legacy Endowment
  • Haukeland Family Legacy Endowment
  • Peter Bell Legacy Endowment
  • Rod Dewar Legacy Endowment
  • SOS Children's Village Agency Fund

For more information on the First West Foundation, please visit



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Get involved

The First West Foundation is a registered charity established in 1996 by the management and Board of Directors of First West Credit Union. Our purpose is to support initiatives that help create resourceful and resilient communities and to encourage philanthropy for continued community support. Contact us to see how you can make a donation.

Community Partners

Valley First supported the following charitable and community partners through sponsorship, partnership and philanthropic donations.

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