May 3, 2021
One of the most troubling trends to emerge during the pandemic is the sharp rise of anti-Asian racism. Nearly half of Asian people in BC experienced racism in the last year . In Vancouver, anti-Asian hate crimes have gone up by 717% . And yet, these statistics don’t capture just how harmful...
November 9, 2020
During the pandemic, charities and nonprofits have played critical roles to fill gaps in services the public and private sectors are unable to address. Organizations like SWAN Vancouver have made all the difference for many of our community’s most marginalized populations during these challenging...
July 28, 2020
When Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) had to cancel their largest fundraiser in March due to COVID, they knew it was critical for them to find new ways to raise funds and continue their services. PADS breeds, raises, and trains assistance dogs to provide life-changing independence to people...
June 12, 2020
Moving to a new country can be challenging in the best of times but during a pandemic, it can be even harder. House of Omeed , a charity in Burnaby, has been on the frontlines of immigrant and refugee settlement since 2016 — and now they’re on the frontlines of COVID-19 too. Based on a relationship...
May 8, 2020
Mothers are the pillars of our communities and during these times of uncertainty, they are especially important in offering stability and care. Organizations like Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative are playing critical roles in supporting low-income mothers and children who are among those who have...
April 9, 2020
July 27 Update: Note: We are no longer accepting donations or new applications to the Community Response Fund at this time. We encourage further donations to address pressing community needs, such as COVID-19 response and recovery, through our Community Impact Fund . We’re all feeling it lately...
April 2, 2020
Some of the most inspiring examples of people coming together to confront adversity during this pandemic are coming out of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). One of the lifelines of the community, WISH Drop-In Centre Society , has been at the forefront of supporting the health, safety, and well-...
April 12, 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...
April 4, 2016
Vancouver Foundation is pleased to announce a series of upcoming information sessions in early April for potential grantees in our Health and Social Development field. These sessions will give an overview of our Field of Interest Grants program, our focus on funding social innovations , and the...
August 28, 2015
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July 8, 2015
Born and raised in Burnaby, Trevor Hall understands the importance of every person doing their part to make our community a better place to live. Trevor started his career as a youth care worker for a non-profit organization, providing front-line services for children with developmental...
May 13, 2015
A new café has popped up in downtown Vancouver, serving up hot entrees, sandwiches, soups and salads to a busy lunch crowd. While ordinarily this wouldn’t be news, Café 335 is different: the affordable social enterprise eatery is staffed by graduates of the Culinary Skills Training Program, a...
September 19, 2014
Vancouver Foundation is a proud supporter of SFU Public Square ’s Rise: Open Ideas Competition , a free competition open to the public that asks, “How can we design Metro Vancouver communities to adapt and thrive in the context of a 1 metre rise in sea level?” The competition encourages people from...
September 17, 2014
SFU Public Square has launched Rise: An Ideas Competition Addressing Sea Level Rise to find innovative ways to address sea level rise in Metro Vancouver. Sign up to enter the competition, or simply join in on Exhibition Day. Free public exhibition On exhibition day, doors to the public for a free...
October 29, 2013
A new bike park for the Boothroyd Indian Band is teaching local kids to do much more than grinds and flips. It’s 8:30 on a Saturday morning in July, just a few kilometres north of Boston Bar. The day is clear and promises to be a scorcher. In a dirt pit just a stone’s throw from the Boothroyd...
December 18, 2012
Amy McMillan dreams of opening a 1960s-themed diner. Until that happens, she’s having a brilliant time learning the ropes at the COCO Café. When she’s not bustling around greeting customers with her unbridled enthusiasm and bright smile, she’s acquiring a collection of new talents like food prep,...