Varico Charitable Foundation

What is Varico Foundation?

Varico Foundation is a registered Canadian charity that was started by the Higdon family in 2015. The goal of the foundation is to partner with and support organizations and leaders in local communities, as well as communities all over the world, to make a positive difference.

Our purpose is to work alongside leaders and organizations helping them to meet the needs in their community.


Our Story

Varico Foundation was created in 2015, a few years after the sale of a family business, called Varisystems, that Rick and Shirley Higdon owned and operated for more than 30 years. Their daughter, Kathryn, is an avid traveller and has a passion for international development, volunteering around the world, and story telling. The Higdon family has always had a heart for giving and working alongside people to help them reach their full potential, and that’s why they decided to create this foundation- to help serve, support and tell the stories of people and organizations who are making positive changes around the world.


Who we help

We help support other charitable organizations and individuals who are trying to make a positive difference in their communities. This can be anything from fish farming projects in Haiti, to helping at-risk and homeless youth in Calgary. Our goal is to work alongside these leaders and organizations to help them to reach their full potential and help support these valuable projects that better the lives of people, animals, and our planet.


Rick & Shirley Higdon
Rick and Shirley founded Varico Foundation in 2015, after the sale of their business. They are actively supporting, guiding, and influencing the direction the Foundation takes. In-between the running of the day-to-day operations, Rick and Shirley enjoy going to Maui, listening to music, and going to the mountains. Rick and Shirley have always enjoyed giving, and helping other people. The start of the foundation allows them to broaden their philanthropic values to reach people all over the world.

Rick & Shirley Higdon


Kathryn Higdon
Kathryn is the Program and Communications Director for Varico Foundation. Kathryn is an avid traveller, and she is passionate about cultural learning, international development, and empowering women, youth and children. She focuses on partner relations, project development, international relations, writing, photography, social media, and co-ordinating events.

Kathryn Higdon

Program & Communications Director