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Many donors like you want to help youth get a good start in life 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 enable youth to be accepted and valued as contributing members of society—now and into the future.


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

LEVEL Youth Policy Program

Despite being the fastest growing youth populations in BC, Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee youth don’t have the same opportunities as other young people. Race continues to be a factor that hinders their ability to have a say on decisions that impact their lives.

In 2019, Vancouver Foundation created the LEVEL Youth Policy Program which brought together 12 Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee youth from across B.C. to learn how to shape and advocate for public policy that addresses issues impacting their lives. The seven-month program offered participants the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in the public process and how to influence it. 

Donors like you made it possible for participants to not only create a professionally designed and printed policy project portfolio, but also strengthened their capacity to influence policy change at multiple levels.

Over the past five years, the Youth focus area has provided support to a a range of leading charities including: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, Immigrant Services Society of BC, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, various School Districts, Global Youth Education Network, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and PHS Community Services Society, among others.

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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 youth, but you also have broader interests in the community. You may want to consider a targeted gift to another one of these focus areas: