September 5, 2017
Ava, a 22-year-old UBC law student, motors along Highway 16 just west of Prince George in the pouring rain. As the car head- lights illuminate the outline of an Aboriginal girl hitchhiking by the side of the road, Ava wavers. Should she stop and pick her up? But the moment is gone, and she...
August 10, 2017
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March 14, 2017
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...
March 7, 2017
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...
October 27, 2014
Shane Koyczan is no stranger to deeply personal material. The poetry of this Vancouver-based spoken word artist is rich in social commentary, and often delves with an unflinching eye into intimate and sometimes disturbing subject matter. However, when Vancouver Opera came calling two years ago to...
June 12, 2013
David Lemon isn’t looking for a pat on the back. Through his work he has been providing elderly Canadians in care with meaningful moments of joy, but he is far from satisfied. What he desperately wants is to make a bigger difference – more often, and for more people. His charitable organization,...
December 14, 2008
Emily Carr Summer Institute Aboriginal teens with artistic inclinations had the opportunity to participate in Emily Carr’s Summer Institute for Aboriginal Teens, thanks in part to $13,000 grant from Vancouver Foundation. From drum-making, cedar basketry and weaving to contemporary arts, students...
December 14, 2008
"Is that art? Or is it mass production?" Instructor Val Batyi leads a group of students through the Artists for Kids Gallery in North Vancouver. They've just moved on from Ed Burtynsky's Oxford Tire Pile and are now considering Douglas Coupland's enigmatic six-foot-tall Toy Soldier. Hands fill the...
December 17, 2007
Kids Up Front Foundation Kids Up Front Foundation gives underprivileged families the opportunity to attend entertainment events they couldn’t have afforded otherwise. One father says, “It’s been everything from hockey to ballet.” These are just a few of the many sports and activities parents can...