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.
On December 5, 2016, over 200 young immigrants, refugees, and adult allies descended on the Terminal City Club for Vancouver Foundation’s 2016 Fresh Voices Awards.
Our Fresh Voices initiative Awards recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada, working to advance social change based on themes and priorities including Immigration, School and English Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in Solidarity.
Victoria’s Red Barn Market, on the corner of Vanalman and Glanford Avenues, is a bustling place. Customers come and go, day in, day out, some grabbing a smoked-meat sandwich for lunch, others picking up a week’s worth of meat and fresh produce.
Outside, where the fruit and veggies are neatly stacked along the storefront, is where Marcel Duruisseau spends some of his shift, refilling boxes and answering questions from shoppers. At other times, he’ll be driving the forklift, unloading a truck that’s arrived from up-island with freshly dug beets and potatoes.
Mountain Equipment Co-op's commitment to sustainability runs deep. Among its many initiatives, the retail co-operative has donated millions of dollars in grants towards environmental causes, implemented a green building program and established a zero waste program—all in an effort to reduce their social, environmental and economic impact on the earth.
To advance their goals even further, MEC has established two funds with Vancouver Foundation.
“My 10-day journey of Clayoquot Sound was a total of 33 nautical miles. I learned how to tie different knots, take bearings on a compass, read charts and make a fire. I also learned a lot more about the importance of responsibility, leadership, and self awareness. I realized I have a lot to learn and improve about life.”
…Lucy, a recipient of Outward Bound’s bursary, reflects on her wilderness excursion in a thank you note.
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In every project there’s a moment where planners have to face ‘things we didn’t know we didn’t know’. Those moments, in the words of our stakeholders, can make the difference between ‘creating an inspiring change with great impact’, or designing something that ‘nobody wants and nobody cares about’.