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Vancouver Foundation congratulates Faye Wightman and Robert Lee on receiving philanthropy awards

November 15, 2013

Vancouver Foundation congratulates former President and CEO Faye Wightman and former Board member Robert Lee on receiving Giving Hearts Awards today …

Vancouver Foundation congratulates former President and CEO, Faye Wightman, and former Board member Robert Lee on receiving Giving Hearts Awards today from the Vancouver chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in recognition of their contribution to philanthropy.

The awards will be presented this afternoon at the AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

“We are very proud of the legacy of leadership and knowledge that Faye Wightman and Robert Lee built during their tenures at Vancouver Foundation,” said Kevin McCort, President and CEO of Vancouver Foundation. “We are delighted that two of our “alumni” are being recognized for their contributions to the community-at-large through the AFP’s Giving Hearts Awards. It’s a testament to the reach and impact of their dedicated work in philanthropy.”

Faye Wightman, who retired from Vancouver Foundation in September, will receive the AFP’s inaugural Giving Hearts Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her extraordinary contribution and dedication to the fundraising profession. Ms. Wightman served as Vancouver Foundation’s President and CEO for eight years, and is particularly credited for her leadership in navigating the organization through the challenges of economic instability, unprecedented growth in public awareness and a strategic expansion. In addition, she has had a deeply rooted connection with the not-for-profit community over her 30-year career.

Robert Lee served the Foundation from 2001-2003 as a member of the Board, and then as a member of the Honorary Governor’s Council. Mr. Lee has served and supported countless community organizations, demonstrating his commitment to the people and communities of British Columbia. In recognition of his generosity, Mr. Lee will receive the Giving Hearts Award for Outstanding Philanthropist.

The Giving Hearts Awards were introduced by the Vancouver Chapter of the AFP in 2007.

The awards are presented annually to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy in the community. For more information on the awards, visit

About Vancouver Foundation

With almost 1,500 funds and assets totaling $814 million, Vancouver Foundation is Canada’s largest community foundation. In 2012, Vancouver Foundation and its donors made more than 4,000 grants, totaling approximately $46 million to registered charities across Canada. Grant recipients range from social services to medical research groups, to organizations devoted to arts and culture, the environment, education, children and families, disability supports for employment, youth issues and animal welfare. 

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