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Children & Families

Many donors like you want to help children and families and feel the best way to do this to to give flexibility to the experts and advisors at Vancouver Foundation. By directing your gift to this focus area, you’re supporting projects that increase the well-being of children and families—now and into the future.


Learn about the great work that the Children & Families fund supports, like this project:

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Despite Canada’s growing GDP, young people in this country struggle to make ends meet as they face high levels of unemployment and underemployment. Even though young people are investing more in education than previous generations, the majority aren’t able to secure stable, well-paying jobs

In 2017, we received an application from Check Your Head: Global Youth Education Network to launch an economic justice leadership program that helps young people re-imagine and rebuild our economic system. Our Children & Families Advisors agreed that this was a good idea.

Donors like you made possible a $10K grant that helped youth apply their advocacy skills in the provincial policy-making process and gave them the tools to be engaged, independent and active citizens.

Over the past five years, the Children & Families focus area has provided support to a a range of leading charities including: Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, Port Alberni Association for Children with Developmental Disabilities, Justice for Girls, Spirit North, and Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, among others.

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Please contact any of our Donor Services staff to answer your questions, help you make a donation, set-up a fund, or support one of our focus areas.

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Calvin Fong
Director, Donor Services
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Why support a focus area?

Causes of concern today may not even exist tomorrow, but when you support a focus area, you join other like-minded donors and become a part of a powerful force in creating a healthier, more livable community. And because we bring together smart advisors —all experts in their respective fields — to review and select the best grant applications, you can be assured that your gift is being utilized in a way that has long-term impact. Learn more about the expert advisors who are putting your gift to work. 


Many donors care about children and families, but you also have broader interests in the community. You may want to consider a targeted gift to another one of these focus areas: