Media Advisory - Victoria plays host to international, peer-based learning exchange on Vital Signs

    VICTORIA, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - For four days next week, starting on
November 11, the Victoria Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada will
host a Transatlantic Community Foundation Network (TCFN) peer exchange. TCFN
serves as a platform to share experience and know-how between European and
North American community foundations. The purpose of the Victoria gathering is
to discuss indicator programs and what benefit they bring to community
foundations and their communities.
    TCFN, a project of the Germany-based Bertelsmann Foundation with support
from the U.S.-based Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, was established in 1999
to promote the development of community foundations on both sides of the
Atlantic. It is a learning community comprised of four dozen community
foundations and support organizations from 13 countries.
    The group plans to study indicator programs, specifically the recently
released Vital Signs, and how to incorporate such programs into their work.
Issues such as community consultation and engagement, publication of indicator
reports and the subsequent evaluation process will all be included in the
    The exchange will include representatives from eight different countries;
Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, the
United States and Canada. The TCFN offers the opportunity for international
communities to network and advance philanthropy around the globe.

    Participants will be available for an interview:
    Monday, November 12 from 3:00-6:00 PM and
    Tuesday, November 13 between 8-9 AM and 4:15 PM-6:00 PM

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview, please contact
Shannon Drew-Burrows, Communications Director, Victoria Foundation, (250)
516-7288 (cell), (250) 381-5532,

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