No-Cost Legal Advice for Charities

Starting in September 2016, the Business Law Clinic at the Allard School of Law at UBC will begin offering supervised legal advice to segments of the small business, entrepreneurial, and non-profit communities who have limited means. Law students enrolled in the Clinic will provide clients with business & non-profit oriented legal advice and services under the supervision of experienced business lawyers at no cost.

‘What Does Open Mean?’ an Idea Jam with our Staff

Welcome to our second blog post in a series designed to share our highlights (and some of our challenges) as we move closer to defining our Open Licensing Policy, due to launch in January 2017.

As we mentioned before, we are engaging in multiple stakeholder meetings with staff, advisory committee members, grantees, our Board of Directors and the public for ideas, support and feedback as we shape our policy.

Threadworks' pattern for social inclusion and employment.

How do you dismantle the myth that people with disabilities are unproductive in the workforce?

Threadworks by 3H Craftworks Society provides an accredited training program for people with disabilities to help them find work in the cut-and-sew and apparel industries. Vancouver Foundation is supporting Threadworks with a three year $225,000 test grant from our Education & Training field of interest.

Fostering Change Grants: 2016 Call for Proposals

Vancouver Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of Fostering Change Grants for 2016.

Fostering Change is an initiative by Vancouver Foundation to improve policy, practice and community connections for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Our commitment to this work stems from a long-standing investment to end youth homelessness by focusing our efforts on a group of people at high risk of homelessness − young people previously in foster care.

Community Causes: Support for the LGBTQ Community

In July, we held a Community Causes: Support for the LGBTQ Community event! This was an opportunity to celebrate Vancouver Foundation’s funding to the LGBTQ Community, with $1 million of support over the past ten years through our Community Granting programs.  We were proud to showcase two strong organizations that conduct impactful work in the LGBTQ community, by educating, inspiring and creating space for conversations around change.

Vancouver Foundation launches Vital Signs 2016 - BC Community Survey

Vancouver Foundation is proud to launch a new Vital Signs project for 2016!

Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collective quality of life. Vital Signs guides Vancouver Foundation’s granting programs and helps us inform donors about the issues our region faces.

Community Causes Learning Series - Social Services: Support for Women in the Community

Vancouver Foundation’s ongoing learning series - Community Causes - is 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.

For this event, we invited two organizations to share insights about their projects that focused on supporting women in the community.

One Fund Holder's Vision

“Walk a Little, Rest a Little, Smile for a While, Enjoy”

This poem is placed on a park bench on the Vancouver seawall donated by philanthropist and Vancouver Foundation fund holder Monty Jang. Right next to it sits another bench dedicated to his late wife, Kay.

“Kay did everything to support the family and I wanted a permanent way to remember her,” says Monty. “It’s also a way for me to give back to the community that has been my home for so long.”

Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants Group Show

Vancouver Foundation and Carnegie Community Centre are proud to present the 2016 Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants Group Show. The show is free and runs from June 3 to 24 at the Interurban Gallery.

Curated by new media artist and designer Jen Castro, more than 45 grantees will showcase their art in a wide range of mediums including painting, mixed media, photography, literary arts, textile, video, and more. Many of the items in display will be for sale, and 100% of the sales will go to the artists.

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