The VIATEC Foundation was founded to encourage, support and enable the generosity of the Victoria tech community.
Bringing our community together for greater impact, coordinating their efforts, collecting and sharing the amount and impact of philanthropic activities.
The foundation reduced the time and effort of individual tech companies reviewing requests for support. It focuses its support on initiatives directed at:
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Access to Innovation
- Social Impact through Innovation
- Food Security and Education.
Projects & Organizations the VIATEC Foundation has supported:
- The Independent Media Producers Network Society received $16,000 in funding ($10K from the VIATEC Foundation, $6K from the Victoria Foundation and other fund contributors) for MediaNet’s Filmmaking Camp for Indigenous youth
- The Greater Victoria Public Library (GPVL) Board received $15,000 in funding ($10K from the VIATEC Foundation, $5K from the Victoria Foundation and other fund contributors) to support a Digital Media Lab
- The Gender Equity Fund received $30K in funding from the VIATEC Foundation. This leadership fund will support gender equity initiatives in our region
- $10,000 was contributed to the Times Colonist's Rapid Relief Fund to help serve those who are less prepared to deal with the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic
- $1,200 was donated to My FED Farm to help those in need build a sustainable garden from home or in their community. The donation equated to 10 kits (one community garden)
- Each year, the VIATEC Foundation also coordinates the VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge where local companies compete to raise the most for the Mustard Seed Food Bank. Since its inception in 2002, $2,396,043.72 worth of food and cash has been donated to the Mustard Seed through companies participating in the VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge!