Check out our 2017 Magazine

We've just released our latest Vancouver Foundation Magazine - The Gifts of Inclusion. This issue highlights people who are making a real difference in communities across BC. We also tell the stories of grants that have had an impact on people's lives, and profile the donors whose generosity makes this possible.

You can read the magazine here:

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2017 BC Community Foundations Regional Gathering

Hosted by Vancouver Foundation, with support from Central Okanagan Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada, the 2017 Regional Gathering represents an opportunity for BC community foundations to meet and share stories and knowledge and build capacity to ensure stronger communities for years to come.


Registration is now open. Please register by Monday, September 18th.


Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices initiative offers a way for immigrant and refugee youth from across B.C. to engage in dialogue and action to identify and remove barriers to their success. One of these includes increasing opportunities for civic engagement, through gaining representation in the system that influences the policies and programs that affect them.

A Matching Opportunity for Arts Organizations

The Canadian Heritage endowment fund matching program is an opportunity for arts and culture organizations to receive funding - up to a dollar for each dollar raised, depending on the availability of funds and the number of successful applicants.

The Canada Cultural Investment Fund - Endowment Incentives component encourages private donors to contribute to the endowment funds of not-for-profit professional arts organizations.

Learning through Giving

“Deep inside, I’ve always had a close connection to giving back to the community,” says Derek Wills. His compassion for others was inspired by his parents who spent many hours volunteering with service clubs while he was growing up.

“My parents involved me in volunteering at a very early age by delivering food and gift hampers to families in need,” he explains. “I learned a lot from them and those values have stayed with me my whole life.”

Act of Faith

One day soon after the November 2015 terrorist attack in Paris, Shazia Suleman was walking home from a neighbourhood park with her two young children when a man started yelling at her. “Go back to your country! Go back to your country!”

“He’s right behind us and yelling,” she says, recalling how she and her children hurried to cross a street in Victoria’s Hillside Quadra neighbourhood. “I was feeling really scared. I was afraid for my children. For the first time in my life I felt unsafe because of the way I dressed.”


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