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Community Impact Fund

Many donors like you want to improve our communities and feel the best way to do this is to give maximum flexibility to the experts and advisors at Vancouver Foundation. Needs and priorities in the community are always evolving and long-term trends ca be hard to anticipate. When you support the Community Impact Fund you’re empowering  responsive grantmaking that addresses a wide variety of social, cultural, and environmental conditions in the community—now and into the future.


Learn about the great work that the Community Impact Fund fund supports, like this project:

Peace River in the Fall
Caribou in the snow

Upstream, DownStream

The Peace region in northeast B.C. is a hotbed of industrial activity, with a large fracking industry, multiple pipeline projects, coal mines, extensive forestry, and road-building. Unfortunately, our industrial activities have a combined effect on habitats, sometimes creating disastrous results for communities and wildlife alike.

In 2016, we received an application from the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative to pilot test an innovative type of land use planning for the Peace region’s Murray River watershed—led by First Nations—that provides a voice for the community members. Our Community Advisors agreed this was a good idea.

Donors like you made possible a $55K grant to create a framework that provides guidance for regional land-use that is rooted in First Nations’ Treaty rights and protects the environmental, cultural, and economic health of the region.

Over the past five years, the Community Impact Fund has provided top-up funding to all of our focus areas when and where support is needed. It has also supported Vancouver Foundation led initiatives like Neighbourhood Small Grants, LEVEL and Fresh Voices. 

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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
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Why support the Community Impact Fund or a focus area?

Causes of concern today may not even exist tomorrow, but when you support one of these giving options, 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.