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Association of Fundraising Professionals (Vancouver Chapter) Giving Hearts Awards Backgrounder

Recognition of Coast Capital Savings for Corporate Sector Leadership in Community Investments


Outstanding Corporation (Over 50 Employees)

Category Description:

A corporation or its corporate foundation, who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

2015 winner:

Coast Capital Savings

Nominating Organizations:

Canadian Cancer Society
VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
Canadian Red Cross



Comments from Nominating Organizations:

“Coast Capital Savings has been a strong supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer fundraiser for the past 17 years. Through staff fundraisers, corporate support, and member contributions, Coast Capital has invested more than $2 million in our work, allowing us to fund pediatric cancer research and also to help send children affected by cancer and their families to a special annual summer camp. Coast Capital is truly deserving of this recognition.”

  • Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, British Columbia and Yukon


“For 14 years, Coast Capital employees have come together annually to host the Coast Capital Savings Charity Golf Tournament benefitting the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. These efforts have raised more than $2 million to advance important research on depression. Coast Capital’s commitment to help build healthy minds by combating depression among youth is nothing short of extraordinary. We were proud to nominate Coast Capital Savings to recognize the outstanding dedication of the organization and its employees to make our communities a better place.”

  • Barbara Grantham, President and CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation


“Thanks to Coast Capital's support, we've been able to expand the Canadian Red Cross Beyond the Hurt: Bullying and Harassment Prevention Program to more schools in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Victoria regions. This includes training more than 200 grade 10 and 11 youth facilitators to deliver bullying prevention workshops to thousands of students in surrounding schools. Coast Capital’s investment in this  program demonstrates its commitment to helping young people learn in an inclusive environment that gives them the best opportunity to succeed.”  

  • Kimberley Nemrava, Director, Canadian Red Cross Society of B.C. and Yukon


About the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Giving Hearts Awards Program

The AFP Vancouver Chapter was founded in 1996. As a professional organization, it is the voice for all fundraisers in the Lower Mainland. The association’s Giving Hearts Award program was created to acknowledge the true expression of philanthropy and to recognize and celebrate the individuals and organizations that are making a difference in the community. For more information about the Giving Hearts Awards Program, visit

About Coast Capital Savings

Coast Capital Savings is Canada’s largest credit union by membership, owned by its 522,000 members. It has 50 branches in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia and has exciting plans to grow. Product innovations include Canada's first free chequing account from a full-service financial institution. In 2014, we invested $5.7 million into our local communities, focusing on empowering and engaging youth. Coast Capital is one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™, a member of Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club, and an Imagine Canada Caring Company. To learn more, visit


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