Holiday Giving Unites Communities

Holiday Giving Catalogue Clayoquot Biosphere Trust As the holiday season draws near, the timeless tradition of holiday giving beckons, transcending cultures and religions, and embodying the spirit of generosity and compassion. In the heart of this global tradition lies an opportunity to make a positive impact on local organizations that sustain our region to help advance their mission far beyond the holiday season. 

Embrace the true essence of giving by uniting with the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust in our annual 'Holiday Giving Campaign.' Together, we can make a difference in the lives of individuals, local ecosystems, and communities in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. In our best year, 20 local charities were the recipients of $60,000! These donations catalyzed vital conservations, empowered youth, celebrated cultures, and improved community health and well-being. By contributing to this year’s campaign, you can make meaningful and lasting impacts in areas that are important to you. 

Giving Gifts of Impact 

Holiday giving isn't just about providing direct support to local charities to enhance their capacity to carry out the vital work they do for our communities; it's about creating a ripple effect that inspires a year-round culture of giving. Acts of kindness and generosity during the holiday season can catalyze a compassionate and interconnected society. The values instilled - compassion, altruism, and community service - become the building blocks for a more caring world. 

In a world saturated with material abundance, giving gifts of impact has emerged as a refreshing paradigm shift. Unlike conventional material gifts that may fade in significance over time, gifts of impact transcend the boundaries of tangible possessions and are better for the climate. Thoughtful gifts of impact are characterized by their ability to make a lasting difference in the lives of both the recipient and the broader community. Whether it's a donation to a meaningful cause that's important to you, the gift of time through volunteer work, or the sharing of knowledge and skills, these impactful gifts have the power to create positive change and foster a sense of connection. 

A Call to Action: How You Can Make a Difference  

To contribute to this impactful campaign, you can donate to one or several local organizations by following this link to the Holiday Giving Catalogue. As the regional community foundation, we are honoured to support local charitable organizations by coordinating and administering all donations with no overhead fee. All donations will be distributed to local organizations early in 2024. Every dollar counts and your generosity can catalyze positive change in the region. 

To take your commitment a step further, consider becoming a matching donor. By doing so, you will magnify the impact of your donation and become a driving force behind the positive change we aim to achieve. Reach out to before the end of this year to explore this opportunity, which may also serve as a strategic element in your tax planning. 

Shape a Future of Giving 

Let's come together this holiday season to shape a future where generosity knows no bounds. The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Holiday Giving Campaign is an invitation to contribute to a movement that has a lasting impact on local organizations and our communities. Join us in creating a legacy of giving gifts of impact!

Grant Writing Workshop

January 26, 2024
Join this half-day workshop hosted in partnership with the West Coast N.E.S.T. (CBT's regional education tourism initiative) to learn effective grant writing and fundraising strategies.

Good News for the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Centre Project!

January 17, 2024
In a remarkable display of commitment to community and environmental stewardship, the Wickaninnish Inn has pledged an astounding $150,000 over the course of five years to support the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Centre. In a generous gesture, they have already contributed $40,000 as their inaugural installment.

Announcing the fall 2023 Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants!

December 6, 2023
We are excited to share this list of grass-roots community projects that received Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) this past fall cycle. This has been our most successful cycle to date, with a total of 33 projects in the region, 15 projects for Clayoquot Sound NGS and 18 for Ahousaht NSG!

Truth, Honour & the Way Forward

November 20, 2023
In partnership with Ucluelet Secondary School (USS), the Legacy of Hope Foundation, and Canadian Heritage, the CBT hosted an exhibit to honor the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Take a look at the video to learn more about the event.

CBT's Youth Intern, Reflects on her Beach Cleanup Experience

August 28, 2023
This summer, CBT's Youth Intern, Janessa, has been supporting us in a wide range of projects across the organization and also participated in initiatives hosted by other local non-profits. One of our goals was to offer her the opportunity to experience diverse types of work as well as acquire skills and knowledge in many different fields. Learn about her time with Surfrider Pacific Rim where she helped remove debris from a local beach.

Join our team as Administrative Assistant

August 18, 2023
PLEASE NOTE: Applications are now closed for this position.  The Administrative Assistant will support the CBT across all program areas. The successful candidate will coordinate the day-to-day administration and operations of the CBT office, creating a welcoming space, updating administrative practices, and maintaining records. They will work closely with the Executive Director to support the Board of Directors, as well as work closely with the Finance Coordinator to assist with bookkeeping processes. The Administrative Assistant will work across the CBT to support our programs and events.

Announcing the Spring 2023 Neighbourhood Small Grants!

June 27, 2023
We are excited to share this list of grass-roots community projects that received Neighbourhood Small Grants this past spring cycle. NSG makes empowering, accessible opportunities for residents from all demographics to make their communities more inclusive, and vibrant places to live. Check out the projects below and reach out to if you want to connect to a project leader and participate.

National Truth and Reconciliation Exhibit

June 13, 2023
Here is a video that was created last year in partnership with the Ucluelet Secondary School, the Legacy of Hope Foundation, and Canadian Heritage to honor the second annual day for Truth and Reconciliation. We have partnered again this year to bring this impactful youth-led learning opportunity for our third annual exhibit.

Hišinq – “All Together”

June 12, 2023
Have you heard that the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) is building a Biosphere Center? You might have read about it online or in local print media, maybe you heard it on the radio, or perhaps you joined us for the open house that took place at the current CBT office. However, you might not be aware that the CBT has been working on this project for over a decade and has taken many steps to create a space that will serve and reflect the values held by each community in the region.

We're looking for a new team member! (PDF) 221.42 KB

April 21, 2023
PLEASE NOTE: This position has been filled. The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is seeking an intern to provide support for a range of projects across the organization. This position will provide opportunities to work alongside and be mentored by different team members, learning about and providing administrative support for projects aligned with the candidate's skills and interests.

Vital Grants - Looking Back & Looking Forward

January 18, 2023
Five years ago, CBT launched Vital Grants: a stream of partnership funding to address regional priorities and complex challenges that influence sustainability in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. Vital Grants were launched in response to grantee feedback that small grants (e.g. $5000) and short timelines make it difficult to address larger issues

Join our team as Director of Partnerships for Conservation

January 9, 2023
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Partnerships for Conservation will build out a new role collaborating with partners on conservation projects, as well as leading research, planning, and engagement activities linked to the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere designation and Canada Target 1. The individual participates in relevant networks and committees aligned with key projects and contributes to the objectives of the Canada Fund Agreement, the MAB Statutory Framework and the MAB Lima Action Plan.

The 2022 Holiday Giving Catalogue is here

December 2, 2022
'Tis the season for giving and standing tall as a region. We're honoured to bring back the Giving Catalogue—an annual collaborative holiday initiative.