Valley First

Charitable Foundation

In 2010, when Valley First and Envision Financial merged as First West Credit Union, the Valley First board of directors gifted $1 million to the First West Foundation to start the Valley First Community Endowment. The Credit Union is continuing to grow this endowment by donating a portion of its profits annually and the endowment now holds just over $2.3 million. Since 2011, $548,451 has been distributed to charities in Valley First communities.

In 2013 when Enderby & District Financial merged with First West Credit Union, the Enderby & District Financial board of directors gifted $500,000 to the First West Foundation for the creation of the Enderby & District Financial Community Endowment as a lasting legacy to support Enderby and Area F of the North Okanagan Regional District. The credit union will continue to grow this endowment by donating a portion of its profits annually. Since 2014, $93,969 has been distributed to charities in Enderby and Area F of the North Okanagan.

Members are welcomed to support any endowment through donations. All gifts above $10 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt and because the credit union supports the administrative needs of the Foundation, 100% of donations go toward building the endowments for greater community support.

In addition to the Valley First Community Endowment and the Enderby & District Financial Community Endowment, the First West Foundation also manages a number of other endowment, donor and agency funds including:

  • Island Savings Community Endowment
  • Envision Financial Employee’s Endowment
  • Peter Podovinikoff Scholarship Endowment
  • Frank Jamieson Memorial Endowment
  • Envision Financial Community Endowment
  • SOS Children’s Village Agency Fund
  • Gord and Enrica Huston Endowment
  • Ben H. Voth Legacy Endowment
  • Sally O’Sullivan Legacy Endowment
  • Haukeland Family Legacy Endowment
  • Peter Bell Legacy Endowment
  • Rod Dewar Legacy Endowment
  • First West Credit Union Leaders Fund

For more information on the First West Foundation and any of the above endowments, please visit


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Valley First increases support for local food banks.

As community food banks across B.C. are ramping up their operations to accommodate the busy holiday season, Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, is stepping up its support for their Feed the Valley program.

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Fan Choice Awards

Congratulations to our 2017 Fan Choice Awards winners!

Valley First recognized local businesses in the 2017 Fan Choice Awards. Of the hundreds of nominations received between Sept. 11 – Oct. 8, top spots were awarded to the local and independent small businesses that received the most votes from loyal community members and supporters.

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Get involved

The First West Foundation is a registered charity established in 1996 by the management and Board of Directors of First West Credit Union. Our purpose is to support initiatives that help create resourceful and resilient communities and to encourage philanthropy for continued community support. Contact us to see how you can make a donation.