Our values are core to our existence at IONICA. They are embedded in everything we do.
Since our founding eight years ago, IONICA has donated $108,000 to charities and non-profit organisations to date! This figure does not include smaller donations, or in-kind contributions of labour or services. Our charitable goal for 2020 is one of the biggest yet, at $35,000.
IONICA’s charitable gifts come from our own company profits rather than fund-raising or other donations.
Our giving is primarily focused in three areas: poverty reduction, human rights, and the environment.
Recipients of our charitable gifts include:
The Vancouver Foundation COVID-19 Community Response Fund — This fund managed by the Vancouver Foundation provides support to families in need and the homeless, who will be hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Support Fund also injects much needed financial support to vital non-profits which require additional funds, or which are receiving fewer donations, during the pandemic.
Breakfast Club of Canada Feed Kids Now Fund — The Feed Kids Now Fund provides much needed food to families and children across Canada that lack food security while schools are closed or operating remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic — a time when school breakfasts and lunches are not as available.
The Bloom Group – The downtown east-side-focused Bloom Group helps fund the organisation’s many services that include two women’s shelters, two hospices, social housing and meals for seniors, financial management services for the disadvantaged, and more.
The Vancouver Food Bank – The food bank provides nutritious food for Vancouver’s vulnerable and impoverished families and individuals. Through its BC supplier relationships, the Food Bank leverages every $1 donated into $3 worth of food purchases specifically targeting what their clients need most.
The Pivot Foundation — Pivot works in partnership with communities affected by poverty and social exclusion to identify priorities and develop solutions to complex human rights issues.
Pivot combines strategic litigation with high-impact public education and advocacy campaigns to maximize our effectiveness. Their deep collaboration with marginalized people and grassroots movements, combined with their unique approach to social change, makes Pivot the only human rights organization of its kind in Canada.
Out in Schools / Out on Screen – Out in Schools, a part of Out on Screen, provides education, training and support to students and school administrators on LGBTQ+ issues. They help BC schools embrace diversity and to become safer places for all. Their path-breaking program enables students to focus on their studies as they prepare to become productive, healthy adults, free from discrimination, bullying, or prejudice.
Sierra Club BC — Sierra Club BC works to defend B.C.’s wild places and species, within the urgent context of climate change.
Sierra Club BC works to inspire British Columbians to value nature and to defend it. In particular, they focus on children and youth to foster environmental literacy and to encourage the environmental leaders of tomorrow.
Sierra Club BC relies on science-based research and peaceful, democratic means to advocate for change.
The Nature Conservancy — The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s largest national land conservation organization. Since 1962, they have helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres) across the country.
The organisation’s conservation process has been fine-tuned over decades of on-the-ground work, and continues to evolve to meet the environment’s changing needs.
World Wildlife Foundation Canada — World Wildlife Fund Canada is the country’s largest international conservation organization, with the active support of hundreds of thousands of Canadians. For half a century, WWF-Canada has worked to protect the future of nature. They connect the power of a strong global network to on-the-ground conservation efforts across the nation, with offices in Victoria, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, St. John’s, Iqaluit and Inuvik. WWF’s mission: To reverse the decline of wildlife. They work toward:
- Healthy marine ecosystems on all three coasts.
- All freshwater ecosystems and the wildlife that depend on them in good condition.
- A vibrant and ecologically sound future for the Arctic.
- Resilient communities across the country that enhance nature, and responsible development solutions that conserve wildlife.
- The transition to 100 per cent habitat-friendly renewable energy and climate-smart land use.
The David Suzuki Foundation – The organization founded in David Suzuki’s name holds the same incredible determination to protect and promote our precious beautiful environment and the natural world.
The BC Civil Liberties Association
The Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Let’s Encrypt, The Internet Security Research Group
The OpenBSD Foundation
The BC Lung Association