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Community Response Fund

November 2021


The last week has been a difficult one for so many British Columbians.

First, perilous flooding and mass evacuations. 17,000 of our friends and neighbours are displaced and the future of their homes is uncertain. And now, a long road ahead to recover and rebuild. In Abbottsford alone the estimated cost is over a billion dollars. But it’s times like these when British Columbians come together — because we know that community is what gets us through the darkest hours.


As a community foundation, we feel a special responsibility to do whatever we can to support our neighbours and local organizations in the days and weeks ahead. That’s why we’ve committed $2-million today for the communities and populations hit hardest by this catastrophic flooding through our Community Response Fund. 

We’re granting an immediate $1-million to the Canadian Red Cross to get help to those in and around the areas most affected by the flooding. These funds will provide a vital lifeline to those communities at a critical time and boost the Red Cross in their efforts to help those areas recover and rebuild. And we’re committing another $1-million that will be granted in the coming days to local organizations at work on the ground in the Fraser Valley and the Interior. These flexible, unrestricted operating grants will provide targeted support to groups serving those who experience the most vulnerability — like migrant workers, and land-based Indigenous nations in those regions. These one-time grants will flow to local organizations through a community-informed process that is now underway.


Want to get involved? By contributing to the Community Response Fund, you can help support BC community in vital recovery efforts.

1. Give directly to the charity of your choice. There is so much important work to be done right now. Support your favourite local charities or organizations involved in BC response and recovery.

2. Or, donate to the Community Response Fund now by clicking "Donate" button below.
Give directly as an individual or a business. If you have a fund with Vancouver Foundation, you can make a grant by logging into your account here.

  • All donations over $25 will receive a tax receipt.
  • 100% of your donation to the Community Response Fund goes directly to the organizations on the ground.

Thank you for your generosity. Together we can support communities in urgent need across British Columbia.

  • In order to properly recognize all donors for their contributions, Vancouver Foundation will share your name and donation amount with the fund advisor unless you have checked the anonymous box on the donation form.
  • Your gift will be made available to make an immediate impact in the community.

For questions about this fund or Vancouver Foundation, please email Craig Hikida.

Community Response Fund