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Young woman smiling and standing against wall
Through the Investment Readiness Program (IRP), Vancouver Foundation in partnership with Canvas Foundation, Vancity Community Foundation, and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), has awarded...
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Nearly a year into the pandemic, the fabric that ties together people and communities across our province is fraying. That’s what we’ve learned in Unraveling, a new report produced by Vantage Point...
In November 2020, we launched the Fund for Gender Equality in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) to support organizations that are working to advance gender equality through...
Earlier this year, Vancouver Foundation embarked on a project called BetaPhil to explore how we could deepen impact and strengthen equity within systems change grantmaking. We’ve made a commitment to...
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Amos Kambere is the executive director of Umoja, which serves newcomers in Surrey, BC.
When any crisis occurs, it tends to heavily impact those who already face multiple barriers in society. Through grants from Vancouver Foundation’s Community Response Fund (CRF), the following three...
Carmut from hua foundation passes out posters to a business owner in Chinatown.
Story by Jenny Lee-Leugner. Images courtesy of the featured organizations. Despite challenges posed by COVID-19, charities and non-profits have proven that innovation is possible through sheer...
Headshot of Paula Martin, Advisor to the CEO at Vancity.
Trust is one of the core guiding principles of Vancouver Foundation’s Community Response Fund (CRF) grants. “The people requesting money from the fund — they know community. They know what they need...
Mike McKnight, the CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland, in his office wearing a blue suit.
"There's a sense of pride in being able to respond quickly, collaboratively, and meaningfully,” says Michael McKnight, president and CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM), as he reflects on...
Headshot of Aimee Ares, a lawyer at Westcoast Wills and Estates.
Prior to COVID-19, for a will to be valid in British Columbia, it had to be signed by the will-maker in the physical presence of two adult witnesses who also signed in the presence of one another. On...
A grid photo with Rebecca Hurwitz on the left and Brooke Woods on the right.
In the heart of Tofino, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) rallied quickly to support their community when COVID-19 changed everyone’s lives. With physical distancing measures in place, busy summer...
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2020 has challenged us in ways we never expected. COVID-19 came out of nowhere, hit hard, and rapidly changed nearly every aspect of our lives. At Vancouver Foundation, we resolved early on to step...
Nurses standing in a circle with hands clasped.
This spring, the BC Nurses' Union (BCNU) put the income from its Vancouver Foundation endowment fund not towards hospital equipment or emergency room supplies, but towards the Vancouver Food Bank. “...
Kait Blake is the administrative director of Kickstart Disability
Story by Sasha Dryden. Photo by Marina Dodis. Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture is behind KickstART Festival, which ran from 2001 to 2014 to present authentic, non-sentimental expressions of...
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Bloom tracks and store protective supplies like masks and gloves in a mini-warehouse environment to make things easier for staff.
Story by Stacey McLachlan. Photo by Claudette Carracedo. Liz Barnett has seen it all in her 30 years working in non-profits. She worked through Y2K and 9/11. She’s been facing the horrific realities...
Jennifer Gray-Grant is the executive director of Collingwood Neighbourhood House
The Community Response Fund (CRF) brought immediate relief to charities and non-profits working hard to respond to urgent needs and keep their doors open. Here are some of the organizations the CRF...
Siobhan Barker and Lama Mugabo from Hogan's Alley Society.
Photo by Vincent L. Chan. Above: Siobhan Barker (left) leads the culturally appropriate food hamper program and Lama Mugabo (right) is a board member at Hogan's Alley Society. As society grapples...
Written by Meera Eragoda. Photos by Marina Dodis. Above: Am Johal (left), Elena Yugai, and Shagufta Pasta. Am Johal is Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Serving on Vancouver...
At the Simon KY Lee Foundation, youth volunteers help give out gift packs to seniors
by Sasha Dryden Though headquartered in Hong Kong, the Simon K. Y. Lee Foundation has strong roots in Vancouver. In 2015, the Lee family established a donor advised fund with Vancouver Foundation in...
Niki Sharma is the new Parliamentary Secretary of Community Development and Non-Profits
For the first time, charities and non-profits will have a designated parliamentary secretary to work with in government. Congratulations to Niki Sharma who was appointed as the Parliamentary...
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2020 Deadline for Donations
If you are considering making a donation before the end of the year, please keep in mind the following dates to ensure you receive a 2020 tax receipt : Friday, December 4th - Deadline for mutual fund...
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Keiko Honda started the Neighbourhood Small Grants project called Personal Narratives for Future Generations.
Photo: Keiko Honda's project collects stories of people's experiences during the pandemic. Photo by Kayla Isomura. By Jenny Lee-Leugner Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) has always been about...
By Meera Eragoda. Image above courtesy of Still Moon Arts Society. Vantage Point’s No Immunity report in May highlighted the precarity facing non-profits at the start of the pandemic. In a survey of...
We are One is a Gastown mural by Marina Ross.
When our leadership team gathered in President and CEO Kevin McCort’s office on March 16, we had no idea it would be their last time in the same room. The executives had exchanged increasingly...
George Hutchison and his wife, Jean Hutchison.
Photo: George and Jean Hutchison. Courtesy of Lynda Hutchison. When Vancouver Foundation asked Lynda Hutchison to take part in a gift match supporting those impacted by the pandemic, the answer was a...
Left to right: Mebrat Beyene, Esther Rausenberg, Tom Shepansky
Left to right: WISH Drop-In Centre Society Executive Director Mebrat Beyene, Eastside Culture Crawl Society Artistic & Executive Director Esther Rausenberg, and our Board Chair Tom Shepansky...
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