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.”

Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion

Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices initiative has joined a new national campaign to address Islamaphobia.

The anti-hate campaign, ‘Combating Hate, Advancing Inclusion’ aims to empower budding Muslim filmmakers to challenge prejudice and help foster greater inclusion of Muslim youth within Canadian society. The campaign is an initiative of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, and partners Vancouver Foundation and Silk the Road Institute.

Community Causes Learning Series - Education: New Income Generation Hub Project

This June we partnered with the Local Economic Development Lab (LEDlab) to hold a Community Causes Learning Event. LEDlab is working to increase the personal incomes of downtown eastside  residents by creating new income generating opportunities. They told us about an upcoming project, the Local Income Generation Hub that will meet people where they are at and help them move along the employment continuum.

Weykt! Kris Archie joins The Circle as new Executive Director

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is an open network to promote giving, sharing, and philanthropy in Aboriginal communities across the country. The Circle connects with and supports the empowerment of First Nations, Inuit and Métis nations, communities, and individuals in building a stronger, healthier future.

Earlier today, The Circle formally announced that our friend and Vancouver Foundation staff member - Kris Archie – will take on the position of Executive Director starting July 10.


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