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Vancouver Foundation grants $5,000 for intergenerational dialogue

Vancouver Foundation announced today that “Gen Why Media” is the winner of a special $5,000 grant inspired by the findings of the Foundation’s 2012 Connections and Engagement Survey.

November 28, 2012 -- Vancouver Foundation announced today that “Gen Why Media” is the winner of a special $5,000 grant inspired by the findings of the Foundation’s 2012 Connections and Engagement Survey. (This oft-quoted survey from last summer found that many residents across metro Vancouver feel a lack of connection — with each other and with the community at large.)

The grant to “Gen Why Media” will help support the Bring Your Boomers series of dialogues that will convene high-profile speakers of different generations to explore critical issues and create new insights and understandings.

"Bring Your Boomers speaks to the issue that our own community consultations and survey uncovered — the need to build bridges across barriers such as age and ethnicity,” said Faye Wightman, Vancouver Foundation President and CEO. “We hope this program, designed to bridge the gap between the generations, will help create the connections people told us they need in order to build stronger and more resilient communities.”

Vancouver Foundation was one of several partners with BC Ideas, which ran a province-wide online competition for $270,000 in grants. In total, BC Ideas attracted 446 entries from 82 communities. Of those, 33 were selected for their promising solutions to the social challenges facing the province, including homelessness, literacy, skills development, health, and community inclusion for people with disabilities.

For a list of the 33 winners, and detailed descriptions of their projects, visit the website www.bcideas.ca The Gen Why Media project is at http://genwhymedia.ca/

Vancouver Foundation helps build more vibrant and resilient communities in BC. We do this by harnessing the gifts of energy, ideas, time, and money of caring citizens to make meaningful and lasting impacts. We are Canada’s largest community foundation and we have been investing in communities since 1943

Contact:
Vancouver Foundation Communications
604-688-2204

Nicole Mezzarobba Ford
Manager, Communications and Corporate Response
LIFT Philanthropy Partners
nford@liftpartners.ca
778-327-5139

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