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Going forward…giving back

The commitment to give back to and support the communities where we live, work, and play has been a cornerstone of BlueShore Financial's values since 1941.

We give back to our communities in three ways. One is through our philanthropic Donation Program, which gives financial support to non-profit organizations and charities that provide services and programs to the communities we serve and support our wellness philosophy.

We also support our communities through our Sponsorship Program. This program is intended to foster a mutually beneficial relationship with community partners, whereby organizations receive support through cash, in-kind gifts and/or volunteer assistance, and BlueShore Financial benefits through increased awareness and brand building.

Finally, we contribute funds to the Credit Union Foundation of BC to support the Student Scholarships and bursary program.

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Donation Program

BlueShore Financial donates funds to non-profit and charitable organizations for a wide range of initiatives that support financial, physical, and community wellness.

Our corporate commitment as an Imagine Canada company means we donate a minimum of 1% of our pre-tax profits to create stronger, more vibrant communities. While the minimum is 1%, we typically exceed that annually.

Criteria

Organizations must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for a BlueShore Financial donation:

  • Be a non-profit organization (not necessarily a registered charity)
  • Serve one or more of the BlueShore Financial trade areas (Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler or Pemberton)
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility
  • Provide evidence of financial need
  • Have a committed Board of Directors
  • Allow BlueShore Financial to report and/or publicize the donation if requested

Guidelines

The majority of projects should support wellness within the geographic areas described and be of benefit to a significant number of people; however, BlueShore Financial also provides funds to address emergency situations or special needs. Projects must be free of political, religious, racial or gender bias.

In general, the BlueShore Financial Donation Program provides grants in the range of $500 to $10,000.

The following will typically not be considered for support:

  • Requests to benefit one individual or a team
  • Travel expenses
  • Religious organizations unless they are engaged in a significant project benefitting the entire community
  • Those targeted at specific religious, social, political, or economic points of view, or are considered controversial in nature

How to apply

Complete the online donation application.

Please note - you will be required to complete and submit the application, as it cannot be saved and re-opened.

Application forms must be complete for your request to be considered, supporting documents are not required but can be submitted via email. The supporting documents will not be considered unless an application form has been completed.

Applications are reviewed quarterly. All information provided to BlueShore Financial by applicants will remain confidential.

If you are unable to complete the application online or would like to send additional supporting documentation, please contact us.

Contact information

Executive Assistant
BlueShore Financial
1250 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7M 2H6
Tel: 604.983.7842
Email: corporate.affairs@BlueShoreFinancial.com

Sponsorship Program

BlueShore Financial is proud to support innovative community initiatives through our network of community partners. Our Sponsorship Program provides this support in the way of cash, gifts-in-kind, and/or volunteer assistance.

Criteria

In addition to offering clear and compelling sponsorship benefits, events or programs must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:

  • Serve one or more of the BlueShore Financial trade areas (Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler or Pemberton).
  • Support our focus of wellness – specifically in the areas of financial literacy, active lifestyle or arts & culture.
  • Provide BlueShore Financial with creative opportunities for activation through publicity, on-site promotion, and/or special events.

Guidelines

Events, projects, or programs that support the following will be given priority.

Physical Wellness - Physical activities and programs which promote a healthy lifestyle.

Community Wellness - Specifically through the development of arts & culture.

Financial Wellness - Increase knowledge of financial services and resources that help people meet their financial goals as well as children’s financial literacy.

The following will typically not be considered for sponsorship:

  • Requests to benefit one individual or a team
  • Travel expenses
  • Religious organizations unless they are engaged in a significant project benefitting the entire community
  • Those targeted at specific religious, social, political, or economic points of view, or are considered controversial in nature

How to apply

Complete the online sponsorship application.

Please note - you will be required to complete and submit the application, as it cannot be saved and re-opened.

Only completed applications will be considered. Applications are reviewed on a regular basis and a final response can be expected within four to six weeks of the receipt of the application.

All information provided to BlueShore Financial by applicants will remain confidential.

If you are unable to complete the application online or would like to send additional supporting documentation, please contact us.

Contact information

Sponsorship Program
BlueShore Financial
1250 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7M 2H6
Tel: 604.982.8000 or toll-free 1.888.713.6728
Email: sponsorships@BlueShoreFinancial.com

Student Scholarships

Each year, student scholarships are made available to qualifying BC Credit Union members and other residents of British Columbia through the Credit Union Foundation of BC. Applicants must be a BC resident post-secondary student in need of financial assistance for academic, technological, or vocational training at accredited schools within the province.

Awards are also given to mature students upgrading their basic education and skills to allow them to enter the work force.

Criteria

While many of the bursaries are available to students in any program of studies, a few take specific criteria into consideration. Examples include:

  • Paul Humphries Memorial: For students in aviation related programs.
  • Shirley C. Schmid Bursary Trust: A Co-operative Housing Association resident.
  • Wallace Wright Bursary Trust: Surrey School District student pursuing post-secondary vocational or technological training.

How to apply

For more details and to apply for a student bursary, visit the Credit Union Foundation of BC website.

Credit Union Foundation of BC

The Credit Union Foundation of British Columbia is a province-wide philanthropic organization founded and funded by British Columbia credit union members. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to provide education awards to British Columbia resident post-secondary students.

BlueShore Financial, along with the other credit unions in BC, supports the Foundation through annual donation dues. The funds for awards come from the earnings the Foundation receives on its capital.