Make your legacy last forever by starting an endowment fund with Vancouver Foundation.
Vancouver Foundation has helped thousands of donors make a positive difference in their communities. In 2021 alone:
- 1,696 charities received a grant from Vancouver Foundation and our donors
- $77.8 million in grants went out to the community
- 60 Donor Advised Funds were created with us, which will go on to support charities forever.
Our connections to the community and administrative expertise make us a sound choice for whichever style of endowment fund you’d like to start, and gives us valuable insight into emerging needs and pressing issues facing British Columbians. We handle complicated book-keeping and offer lower fees starting at 1%, so you can focus on the most fulfilling part… giving.
The endowment fund is both a reflection of our values and a lasting legacy.
Start a Charitable Fund
By establishing a Donor Advised Fund, you can support the causes you’re passionate about year after year. Launch your endowment fund with a gift of $10,000 (or $1,000 to start), and support any registered Canadian charity, or let our community advisors evaluate hundreds of projects on your behalf.
This is my way to honour and thank [my parents].
Other Ways to Give
Vancouver Foundation offers a variety of options for giving. Whether it’s setting up an endowment fund, contributing to an existing fund, or making a legacy gift, we work with you to meet your financial needs and your personal philanthropic goals.
Here are a few of the most popular ways to give:
Cheques can be made payable to “Vancouver Foundation” with the name of your fund noted in the memo line.
You will receive a charitable donation receipt for the year your contribution was made for all donations over $25. We do not accept cash donations.
By Credit Card
You can donate directly to your fund at any time using Visa or MasterCard, by clicking here.
You may also want to consider setting up monthly or quarterly donations through your credit card. This is an easy way to give and, if at any time you want to stop, increase, or decrease the amount, just contact us.
With Publicly Traded Securities
A simple, tax-conscious way to contribute is by donating stocks to charity. By gifting publicly traded securities, you transfer the ownership of stocks or bonds to Vancouver Foundation. If your shares have increased in value, 50% of those capital gains are taxable. However, if you donate these shares to Vancouver Foundation, the entire gain is tax-exempt.
For more information, visit the Donate Securities to Charities page.
I’m just one person, but when we all contribute to causes together, great things can happen.
Options for Giving Later
There are also ways to give to Vancouver Foundation in the future. Check out our helpful Donation Calculator to learn about tax savings by donating from your estate, or read below for other ways to donate to charity after death.
If you’re interested in donating through your estate, you can include Vancouver Foundation in your will. A bequest can be a specific dollar amount, or a residual gift (the entire portion of your estate), and can be given outright, or as a contingent gift.
Vancouver Foundation will provide an official receipt for income tax purposes to your estate when we receive the bequest. We’ve prepared a handy document with sample clauses for your will that your lawyer can use as a guide.
By naming us as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, you can provide a sizeable future gift to Vancouver Foundation, without reducing what’s given to family and friends through your estate.
If you designate Vancouver Foundation as the beneficiary (or owner and beneficiary) of your life insurance policy, we will provide you with an official receipt for income tax purposes, for the amount of premium you pay each year.