The caisse enriches the lives of individuals and communities through its financial and human contributions. It supports projects that meet the needs and expectations of its members. Desjardins is an important socioeconomic leader in the community and works alongside several partners.
Through donations, sponsorships and contributions from the Community Development Fund, the caisse supports multiple local and regional initiatives in various sectors.
The Community Development Fund (CDF), also called community dividends, is made possible by the caisse's yearly surplus earnings. During the annual general meeting, members vote on the amount allocated to the CDF. This is a way for all caisse members to support the development of their community and important projects.
The caisse now accepts financial aid applications for projects 5 times a year. Applications are analyzed by the Cooperation Committee, which is made up of caisse directors.
|Submission deadline*||Analysis by the Cooperation Committee*||Decision from the board of directors|
|January 31, 2023||February 17, 2023||February 28, 2023|
|April 30, 2023||May 19, 2023||May 30, 2023|
|May 31, 2023||June 16, 2023||June 20, 2023|
|August 30, 2023||September 15, 2023||September 26, 2023|
|October 31, 2023||November 15, 2023||December 5, 2023|
*Dates can change without notice. You'll only receive an answer once the board of directors has approved your application.
The 4 investment* priorities for the fund are:
*The committee will analyze any project that meets a need in the community.
Your caisse is proud to support organizations and community projects in the region. Requests for donations and sponsorships follow the same schedule and evaluation process as requests for financial assistance.
Desjardins Mutual Assistance Funds
This solidarity-based product, in partnership with Groupe de recherche en animation et planification économique (GRAPE) and l'ACEF de Québec, aims to help people experiencing financial difficulty through various budget consulting services and emergency loans, if necessary.
Desjardins Microcredit to Businesses
The result of a partnership between the caisses of Québec-Est and Fonds d'emprunt Québec, Desjardins Microcredit to Businesses is a solidarity-based product that considerably improves access to credit for small businesses and self-employed workers. It helps people or groups that are not eligible for financing from traditional networks by giving them access to financing and guiding them in accomplishing their business project. A total of 2,330 jobs have been created and maintained over 12 years.
Gabrielle-Bouffard and Oscar-Ferland Recognition Award
Every year since 1999, Caisse Desjardins de L'Île-d'Orléans has recognized the involvement of a volunteer who has stood out for their cooperative, social or community work.
The contest is open to all caisse members over 18 who have volunteered on Île d'Orléans. The person cannot already have received the prize.
The call for nominations runs from November 1 to December 1, 2023, and the winner will be announced during the caisse's annual general meeting in spring 2024.