2017 Year in Review

2017 was another successful year at Vancouver Foundation.

And that’s because we’re inspired by you... Our donors who provide crucial support to charities, the charities that explore projects addressing the root causes of complex social issues, and the community volunteers who have guided Vancouver Foundation through a year full of positive and lasting impacts.

New Grant Program Guidelines out in May

In February, we shared the news that Vancouver Foundation is enhancing the way we respond to community needs by evolving our current Field of Interest Grants to two new grant programs: Participatory Action Research Grants and Systems Change Grants.

In May, we will release new Program Guidelines. The new guidelines will allow grant applicants to review our funding criteria in advance – well before we open both grant programs for application in July.

April 8 to 14 is Make a Will Week in BC

A well prepared, up-to-date Will is important so that you can make your final wishes known.

Your Will can ensure the financial security of your family and provide a gift for your community. Charitable giving through your estate can result in significant tax savings. But most importantly, it’s a statement of your life experience and your vision for a better tomorrow.

Our Evolving Field of Interest Grants

Over the last three years, Vancouver Foundation’s Field of Interest Grants program has focused on funding projects that address the root causes of pressing issues, and we’ve referred to these kinds of projects as social innovations. We’ve done so because we believe these kinds of projects can make meaningful and lasting impacts in communities.

Over the last three years, we’ve listened to feedback from grant applicants, our volunteer expert advisors who evaluate applications, our board members, and many other stakeholders.

Reflections and New Directions

In early December, the Vancouver Foundation Board held its last meeting of 2017. As with many events nearing year-end, the timing offered opportunity for reflection.

Our guest speaker that day – Vu Le, Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps – reminded us that diversity, inclusion, and equity is a continuing challenge for many in the philanthropic sector. He encouraged us to enter difficult conversations about leadership and to listen well to the experiences of others, especially those whose voices may go unheard.

Inviting everyone to participate in community life more important than ever – according to 2017 Connect and Engage report

Vancouver, BC – According to new research published today by Vancouver Foundation, falling participation in community activities and greater vulnerability to social isolation among some groups means that now – more than ever – it`s time to invite everyone to take part in community life.

Money, Meaning, and Mindfulness with Tracy Themes

In November, Tracy Themes, Financial Advisor and Co-Founder of Sophia Financial Group, led an engaging  discussion about Money, Meaning,and Mindfulness. Money is the currency of modern life, and yet we are socially conditioned not to talk about it. Understanding how to align our economic behaviour with personal values and beliefs can be a challenge, especially when conflicting ideals and sometimes confusing backgrounds add to the tension. 


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