Community Investment

At First West we believe in supporting local non-profit and charitable organizations who serve the most vulnerable in our communities. We leverage our financial strength and our social vision, Lead Well, which fosters employee engagement to create capacity in the social sector though knowledge and skills-based volunteerism. Learn more about our community leadership highlights from the past year in our annual report.

Corporate social responsibility

Learn more about what corporate social responsibility looks like in each of First West's regional divisions:

Our signature causes

Learn more about our signature causes: Island Savings' The Full Cupboard, Envision Financial's The Full Cupboard, and Valley First's and Enderby & District Financial's Feed the Valley.

The First West Foundation

The First West Foundation is a sustainable charity that helps create resilient and resourceful communities. Established in 1996 with an initial donation of $200,000, the Foundation now holds $14.8 million in assets and serves as valuable local resource with the ability to give back to First West's communities in perpetuity. By working in partnership with local organizations, the Foundation seeks to actively contribute to meaningful projects that make a positive and lasting impact upon community life by:

  • Enriching our communities through effective grant making
  • Encouraging philanthropy
  • Enriching First West Credit Union's committment to its communities

The First West Foundation is governed by a dedicated board of directors who set the strategic priorities and oversees the operations of the Foundation, with a  committment to modeling the highest standards of accountability. Learn more about the First West Foundation at