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Vancouver Foundation Initiatives
No one gets an equal start in life. We focus on youth engagement to make sure that all young people have the opportunities and support they need to thrive. Our work leverages the collective knowledge, expertise, and resources of our staff and our extended network of community partners.
We support authentic conversations on difficult topics, and create the space for everyone – especially vulnerable groups – to have voice and influence over decisions that affect their lives. Making sure young people are active participants in this work is essential to our approach.
Our Fostering Change initiative is on a mission: To make sure that young people leaving foster care have the opportunities and support they need to thrive as adults.
Find out more about Fostering Change, how you can support this work, and how we can support you.
Fresh Voices is a group of immigrants and refugees youth, convened by Vancouver Foundation, who are inspiring each other to make BC a better place for young newcomers.
Hear more from Fresh Voices, and find out how young immigrants and refugees are making a difference on the issues that affect them.
Connections and Engagement
Research tells us that people today feel a lack of togetherness in community life. A lack of belonging. Through our community consultations and independent research, we’ve heard a hunger for social connections, and a desire among people from different ethnicities, cultures, income and age groups, to engage each other to build a stronger sense of community.
We support projects and research that help people build relationships with each other, and participate in activities that make our community better. Connections and engagement – two sides of the same coin. And both critical to creating healthy, vibrant and livable communities.
Our Connections and Engagement research underpins all of our grassroots community building activities, including community events and grassroots granting.
Find out more about our Connections and Engagement research, and download our reports produced with data from community consultations, independent research, and third party sources.
Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by community foundations to measure the vitality of communities across Canada. It gathers and publishes data on significant social and economic trends and assigns grades in areas critical to quality of life.
Vancouver Foundation participates in Vital Signs to provide a far-reaching and critical perspective on the state of community in our region. Read more about our latest Vital Signs reports and upcoming activities.
Vancouver Foundation sees the potential and benefits of unlocking our own intellectual property – the things we create and the works that we fund. By making the data sets, research articles, photographs, educational materials and websites that we fund open, shareable and easy to find, we are removing limits to sharing and consuming, ideally creating a benefit that will spread rapidly and easily through our communities and beyond.
By choosing to adopt a CC driven Open Policy, Vancouver Foundation will create opportunities for innovators and creators to access these works and realize the full potential of the content we create in collaboration with our donors, partners and grantees.
Making communities stronger and more vibrant is much easier when you’ve got great partners. We are lucky to work with some of the best minds and organizations in BC when it comes to building community.
The Greenest City Fund is a unique, four-year partnership between the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Foundation that is designed to help Vancouver become the greenest city in the world by 2020. In April 2012, both organizations contributed $1 million each to create the Fund.
Find out more here: Greenest City Fund.
Many people with disabilities struggle with their taxes. We’ve partnered with Disability Alliance BC to assist people who are receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit or the Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit with simple income tax filings and information/referrals.
Visit the Tax Aid DABC website: http://taxaiddabc.org
Plan Institute, Disability Alliance of BC, and the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society have united to launch a new program designed to help British Columbians with disabilities learn about and access tax benefits that will help them save for the future. As part of this initiative, Plan Institute is distributing a one-time $150 gift to help low-income British Columbians to start growing their RDSP.
Visit the Endowment 150 website: http://www.rdsp.com/endowment-150/