It grew out of discussions among community leaders, mayors, business people and political leaders. They suggested the idea of a community fund for the West Island to be distributed to charities in our area.
We have established a good relationship with Centraide during our meetings with them. Our objective is not to compete with each other, but rather complement each other’s work. Centraide’s main mission is to diminish poverty and social exclusion. Community Shares focuses on these areas but also on other needs that affect West Islanders, such as: cancer, autism, mental illness, bullying, substance abuse, isolated seniors, the importance of conserving the environment and support of youth who have a gift for music.
The board of Directors of West Island Community Shares and the organization's Executive Director supported by a team of 5 employees.
They were selected because they are well known in the West Island for their involvement in the social, cultural, business and / or political life of our community.
None. Our administrative costs are covered by corporate partners and 2 special fundraising events. This allows us to give 100% of the donations raised to the charitable groups we partner with.
Because there is a great need for the various community services offered. Last year, 1 in 5 West Islanders turned to local community groups for help.
Our Fund Distribution Committee carefully reviews all applications to make sure that the new groups applying for funding meet our criteria. Once a group is chosen as a recipient, we like to provide them with recurrent funding. We provide funding for either general operating support or project-based funding. The recipient groups must submit an Annual Impact and Evaluation Report, including audited financial statements and statistics about the impact of their programs and services. The members of the Fund Distribution Committee analyse these reports, act as liaisons between Community Shares and each group, and perform on-site visits. If all of these criteria are respected, we like to continue supporting the groups we fund as it is very difficult for them to secure other funding. We work hand-in-hand with these vital community resources to understand their needs. New groups requesting funding can do so each year. See the Apply for funding section of this web site for more information.
There are presently 36 community groups who receive funding, out of the 55+ groups that exist in our community.
West Island Community Shares adheres by a strict code of ethics as to its fundraising and operating practices. The organization is also a member in good standing of the Imagine Canada Ethical Code, the CAGP – Canadian Association of Gift Planners and of Leave A Legacy Quebec.
Corporate partners and two special events cover our administrative and campaign costs, therefore all money collected will go to the community groups we support as stated in all of our documents.
Our Next Event
We hold events regularly through the year. See below for details of the our next event.
We made it !
Thank you to everyone who supported us this year through donations, fundraising, event attendance, volunteering and more. With your help, we reached our goal of raising $1.2 million by March 31st! Thank you so much - we couldn't have done it without you!