At Vancouver Foundation we are passionate about community. Everything we do is designed to help build more vibrant, healthy and resilient communities across B.C.
We accomplish our work by harnessing the gifts of energy, ideas, time, and money of caring residents to make meaningful and lasting impacts. We are Canada’s largest community foundation and we’ve been investing in our communities since 1943.
We take a very broad approach to our work, recognizing that communities are complex and that many things are needed to make them the best they can be. That’s why every year, with our donors, we fund hundreds of innovative projects – large and small – in areas such as arts and culture, education, children and youth issues, environment, animal welfare, community health, and social development.
Although Vancouver Foundation is a broad funder, we also have two specific areas where we are focusing additional effort and resources for the next few years.
We want to tackle the underlying causes of youth homelessness and improve how the community addresses the needs of at-risk youth, particularly those who are coming out of the foster care system.
As well, we are concentrating on initiatives that will help strengthen our residents’ connections and engagement in their community. As part of that, we want to explore ways to build bridges between the many different types of residents that call metro Vancouver home.
We work with many partners to accomplish our goals. We join with other charities and non-profits: providing funding for innovative projects or collaborating in groups to solve larger community issues. We partner with governments at all levels, along with businesses, media and academic institutions.
But we also partner with residents of our community – our donors. Our donors come from all walks of life and have many different interests, but they share a love for their community. Our donors are the optimists in our midst – the people who believe things can get better, and who demonstrate that belief by helping us invest in great ideas.
Join us today and help build more vibrant, healthy and resilient communities across BC.
For more information:
What is a Community Foundation?
Community foundations are charitable organizations dedicated to improving communities in specific geographical areas. They do this by pooling the charitable gifts of donors to create endowment funds and using the investment income to make grants. Some community foundations support a city, while others like Vancouver Foundation support an entire province.
Vancouver Foundation is a member of:
Community Foundations of Canada, the national membership organization for the 163 community foundations across Canada
and is a "sector champion" member of Imagine Canada, a national program to promote public and corporate giving, volunteering and support to the community.