VICTORIA - The Province has announced investment of $24 million to support community programs, increase access to fresh food, offer dental and hearing care for B.C.’s most vulnerable children, and provide $7 million for a new Community Poverty Reduction Fund administered by Vancouver Foundation.
March is “Community Social Services Awareness Month.”
Why should that matter?
After all, it might be tempting to view this as another cause proclaimed for the cure of what ails us. One more awareness campaign, among many, that cover the calendar – each day, each month, every year.
Except it is far more important than that.
Community social services workers tend to the needs of our children. They heal our families. Care for our elders. Advocate for inclusion. Counsel us in our struggles with mental illness or substance abuse.
Each year, Vancouver Foundation’s Grants and Community Initiatives team works closely with our volunteer Advisory Committee members to make discretionary grants to charities and other qualified donees across the province.
We do this primarily through our broad-based and responsive Field of Interest Grants program, which focuses on funding social innovations in Arts and Culture; Education and Training; Environment and Animal Welfare; and Health and Social Development.
In February, we celebrated Vancouver Foundation’s 36 years of support for The Cultch through a collaborative Community Causes Learning Series event. These events are designed to inform and inspire donors and community members about a variety of community issues. Through story-telling and site tour visits, we are proud to showcase our funding partnerships with charities.
Community can start with carrots—along with rosemary, squash, rhubarb and pumpkins. That’s been the experience of Carlson Hui, Matt Cooke and other residents at a 155-unit condo complex called James.
In 2017 Canada marks the 150th anniversary of confederation – an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about what our communities and our country could be. It’s a chance to encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities to foster a greater sense of belonging, support meaningful reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
Vancouver Foundation CEO Kevin McCort
As the world seemed to change overnight – becoming smaller, more exclusionary, less generous in word and deed – I couldn’t help but reflect on Vancouver Foundation’s vision of “healthy, vibrant, and livable communities.”
Can a community be livable, but not healthy in the diversity of experience? Vibrant, without connection? Thriving, but isolated from difference?
Miller Thomson LLP provides comprehensive legal help in 11 communities across Canada. Established in 1957, they work along side private clients, charities and businesses of every shape and size. Miller Thomson’s passion begins in the communities they serve.
From 1995-2015, the Miller Thomson Foundation ran a national scholarship program that granted close to $3.5 million. Through the program, more than 2,800 exceptional high-school students across the country received scholarships to assist with their post-secondary education.
Vancouver Foundation’s ongoing learning events are designed to inform and inspire fund advisors, donors and community members about a variety of topics to help shape their charitable plans. Through story-telling, site tour visits and learning seminars we are proud to partner with local Professional Advisors and Charitable organizations.
Vancouver Foundation manages endowment funds on behalf of more than 400 charitable agencies across B.C. A charitable agency endowment fund provides for prudent capital growth coupled with a predictable source of income, which is very helpful in years where donations are down or government funding is reduced. Last year, more than 1,300 income distributions were made to help these charities support their operations and fulfill their missions. Here are three charitable organizations that work with Vancouver Foundation.