Give back to the community you cherish. Vancouver Foundation helps you give to your favourite causes by offering you flexible, informed ways to donate so that you can improve the lives of others in your community. Philanthropy is more critical than ever, and with our expertise and investment options, your dollars will have the most impact.
How to Start a Fund
We’re excited to help you make an impact. You can create a fund under your name with a gift of $10,000 (or $1,000 to start). With this fund, you can support your favourite charities or causes, honour a loved one, or create your own lasting legacy.
Benefits of a Fund With Us
We know you’re here to give back. But working with us has its benefits for you too.
Types of Funds
Donor Advised Fund
Donor Advised Funds are the most popular way to give at Vancouver Foundation. Similar to a private foundation, Donor Advised Funds allow you to establish a charitable endowment fund, receive a donation tax credit, and recommend grants over time. We provide our expertise and investment options, so you can leave a lasting impact.
Grants can be made to any registered charity or our Focus Areas. Through our Focus Areas, our community advisors will evaluate hundreds of grant applications annually on your behalf, ensuring your dollars have the most impact.
Some Donor Advised Funds have specific goals, like:
Legacy Funds are a way to start making a difference today. When you leave a gift to Vancouver Foundation in your will, you leave a lasting impact in your community once you have passed. A Legacy Fund is a “start-up” permanent endowment fund. When fully established, it can support any registered charity in Canada.
You can establish a personally named Legacy Fund with a gift of $1,000 today, and a commitment that a future gift of $9,000 or more will eventually follow through your estate.
Memorial Funds honour and celebrate the memory of your loved one. Through these Donor Advised Funds, you can carry on someone’s remarkable spirit through charitable giving. The legacy you create also allows friends and family to pay tribute by contributing donations to the fund and help your community for generations to come. Learn how to set up a Memorial Fund with our help.
Start an Educational Award
An educational award, like a scholarship, can be life changing and support someone’s life path to achieve bigger and better things. Education improves peoples lives and helps our entire society to be more healthy, diverse, and equitable.
We can help you create an award that reflects your life experience and passions.
Support a Focus Area:
Community Impact · Addressing Homelessness · Animal Welfare · Arts & Culture · Children & Families · Education · Environment · Health · Social Services · Youth
We also support your fund’s long-term planning to make a long-term impact after your passing. You can appoint a friend or family member as the successor or ask us to carry out long-term support for specific charities or Focus Areas.
You may also choose to start a Designated Fund, which is ideal if you’re certain about what you’d like to support and want to secure your wishes with Vancouver Foundation.
With a Designated Fund, you can name specific Canadian charities to donate to or choose any of Vancouver Foundation’s Focus Areas. These choices will be permanent once the fund is started.
What Type of Fund Is Right for You?
You’re on the right page. Keep on reading to find out how to start a fund with us.
Do you have a CRA charity registration number?
Are you a non-profit or for-profit organization?
Getting Started With a Fund
We’re here to make starting a fund easy and to support you through the process. Vancouver Foundation’s staff will work closely with you, your family, and your financial advisor, if you choose, to complete the following steps:
- Determine the amount of your gift (minimum $1,000 to start, or $10,000 for a fully established fund)
- Choose what assets to contribute (cash, securities, life insurance, etc.)
- Name the fund
- Consider which charities and Focus Areas to support
Once you establish a charitable fund, you also have the option to create a page for your fund to share your vision with your friends and family. Your supporters can then donate directly to the fund.
See the Impact of Your Donation
Our helpful Donation Calculator will show you how your donation can grow, and its long-term impact when used to establish an endowment fund.