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Vancouver Foundation offers a flexible yet structured approach for charitable giving to help you improve the lives of others in the community. We provide investment vehicles and community expertise to ensure impact for your charitable giving.

How do Endowments work?

A personally named fund can be created with a gift of $10,000 (or $1,000 to start-up). This fund can be customized to meet your personal charitable giving objectives, which may include:

Choose between these two fund structures:

1. Donor Advised Fund

Donor Advised Funds are the most popular way to give at Vancouver Foundation. Similar to a private foundation, a Donor Advised Fund enables individuals and families to establish a charitable endowment fund, receive a donation tax receipt and then recommend grants over time. A personally named fund can be created with a gift of $10,000 (or $1,000 to start-up) and will be customized to meet your charitable objectives.

Grants can be made to any registered Canadian charity, or any of our Charitable Causes. Through our Charitable Causes, our volunteer advisors will evaluate hundreds of grant applications annually on your behalf, ensuring your granting dollars will have the most impact. Choose from these Charitable Causes: Community Impact · Addressing Homelessness · Animal Welfare · Arts & Culture · Children & Families · Education · Environment · Health · Social Services · Youth

You also have options for the fund’s long term planning after your passing. You can appoint a friend or family member as the Successor Fund Advisor, or ask Vancouver Foundation to carry out long term support for specific charities or our Charitable Causes.

2. Designated Fund  

A Designated Fund is ideal if you have certainty about what you would like to support and want to secure your wishes with Vancouver Foundation. Through a Designated Fund, you can name specific charities or any of Vancouver Foundation’s Charitable Causes (noted above) as your fund’s beneficiaries. 

Creating Your Fund

It’s easy to establish a charitable fund at Vancouver Foundation. Our 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 (Min. $1,000)
  • Choose what assets to contribute (Cash, securities, life insurance, etc.)
  • Name the fund
  • Consider which charities and causes to support

Take a moment to use our helpful Donation Calculator to see an illustrative example of the growth and long-term impact of a donation when used to establish an endowment fund.

Once you establish a charitable fund, you have the option to create a Personalized Donation Page. We will work with you to develop a webpage that describes the fund’s charitable vision and you will have a custom link to share with your supporters so they can make donations directly to the fund.

If you’re considering a fundraising initiative where the proceeds will be donated to the fund you have established with Vancouver Foundation, please review our Fundraising Policy for Third Party Fundraising Initiatives.

Learn More

A gift to Vancouver Foundation goes beyond your lifetime and ensures that your generosity will benefit our community for generations to come. Please contact us for more information at 604.688.2204 or info@vancouverfoundation.ca.