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Many donors like you want to improve health and medical issues in our community 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 foster progress on key health and medical issues in our communities—now and into the future.


Learn about the great work that the Health fund supports, like this project:

Overdose Awareness Day
Centre for Addictions Research Workshop

Harm Reduction in Homeless Shelters

With drug-related overdose deaths increasing rapidly, there is an urgent need to understand the risk factors for homeless shelter residents, particularly in homeless shelter washrooms.

In 2015 we received an application from the Centre for Addictions Research at UVIC to engage with homeless shelter staff, residents and health experts to better understand the challenges in implementing harm reduction in shelters. Our Health Advisors agreed that this was a good idea.

Donors like you made possible a $10K grant which researched the reasons behind the practice of drug use in homeless shelter washrooms and developed policy recommendations to address it. These recommendations included expanded access to supervised consumption services, withdrawal management support, drug testing and support for continued use of naloxone.

Over the past five years, the Health focus area has provided support to a a range of leading charities including: St. Paul's Foundation, University of BC Faculty of Medicine, Cowichan Tribes First Nation, University of Victoria, Fraser Health Authority,Pacific Aids Network, The Good Samaritan Society, Simon Fraser University, and Atira Womens Resource 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
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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 health, but you also have broader interests int he community. You may want to consider a targeted gift to another one of these focus areas: