How to Donate to Haven Society

Thanks to the incredible generosity of Haven Society donors and the support of the Nanaimo and Oceanside communities, Haven Society continues to offer a safe place for women, children and families to begin healing from domestic violence. Even the smallest donation has the power to truly transform a life, and we offer a very heartfelt and humble thank you for your ongoing support.

Each year Haven Society is required to fundraise a significant portion of our operating budgets from within the communities in which we serve. In Parksville - Qualicum we fundraise over 50% of our annual budget and in Nanaimo, nearly 25% of our budget comes from donations. These amounts allow us just to offer our current support and servicing, yet we know that we are still forced to turn women and children away due to lack of resources. The need is great...but our community and our donors are greater! 

Haven Society relies on gifts of many types in order to serve the more than 3,000 women a year seeking support at Haven.

Here are a few ways you can donate to Haven Society:

Financial Contributions

To make a one-time monetary donation online, visit our page at CanadaHelps!​

We can also accept financial contributions by cheque, cash or credit card at our

Nanaimo Community Services Building located at 2270 Labieux Rd.

or by mail:

Haven Society ​ Box 37086, 38-3200 Island Highway Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N4​​ or over the phone at (250)756-2452

Become a Monthly Donor​

Committing any amount on a monthly basis helps provide us with stable funding that add up over time. This is a great way to make a huge impact to the work we do at Haven Society.

For more information or to become a monthly donor, please call 250-756-2452.

Donate an Item

While we are no longer able to accept used items or large items (such as furniture and appliances), we do appreciate smaller donated items which we can pass along to our clients.

For a complete list click here to view our current Haven Wish List below!

If you do have used items to donate, please consider donating to the Friends of Haven Thrift Store, located at 541 Albert St. in Nanaimo! For more information call 250-754-3687

Friends of Haven Thrift Store is a privately owned business, separate from Haven Society, however we do have a wonderful relationship with the store that supports the work we do by giving gift certificates to Haven clients, donating the proceeds of Silent Auctions, accepting customer donations at the Wishing Well, and donating a portion of the cash profit from the store to Haven Society​.

Leave a Gift in Your Will

A charitable Will bequest allows you to support our work in a way that combines your charitable and financial goals. Charitable Will bequests are the means by which ordinary people make extraordinary gifts that can help to provide for the solid financial foundation of organizations. A bequest can be made at any time, no matter how old you are, and can be for any amount you choose. A charitable bequest is easy to arrange — simply instruct your lawyer to include a bequest to Haven Society in your Will.

For a charitable Will bequest, your lawyer may require the following information:

  • The legal name of the organization: “Haven Society: Promoting the safety of women, children, youth and families”
  • Haven Society’s charitable number: 119261105 RR0001
  • How much to you want to gift to Haven Society?
    • For instance, “Pay (share/percentage/dollar amount) to Haven Society.”
  • Wording: For the purpose of the “General Operations Fund,” “Building Legacy Fund,” or “Endowment Fund,” to be held in perpetuity with interest to support Haven Society.
  • Specify that it is payable to Haven Society
  • Ensure the document states for what purpose i.e. General Operations
  • For more information, or for a template Haven Society Bequeath Letter, please contact:

Gifts of Securities

Donate appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds, flow-through shares or stock options and take advantage of tax benefits. A gift of securities is a cost-effective opportunity to transform an asset into immediate and significant support for Haven Society. By donating publicly traded securities, you eliminate the capital gains tax that becomes payable if you were to sell the appreciated securities on the market and donate the proceeds from the sale to Haven Society. Securities can include stocks, mutual funds, segregated funds, bonds and flow-through shares. Another option may be to exercise and donate employee stock options. The benefits of donating securities include:

  • option of giving now or as part of your estate and will planning

  • satisfaction of seeing your gift put to good use today

  • a charitable tax receipt

  • no capital gains tax paid

  • donating part of your stock and retaining the remainder for personal use

Donating a gift of appreciated securities is simple:

  • Determine with your financial advisor which investments will make the most philanthropic and financial impact.

  • Contact us and let us know you have made your gift.

  • Instruct your broker to transfer your securities directly to Haven Society and complete the appropriate transfer form.

For more information about making a gift of securities, or if you have already done so please contact:

Sarah Bramley, Fund Development Manager

250-756-2452 Ext. 239 or email