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A settlement worker talks with a participant in the Meanwhile Space apartment.
Written by Tanvi Bhatia Journey Home Community began as a small group of community members from Willingdon Church in Burnaby who noticed a lack of support for refugee claimants in their neighbourhood...
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Sun sets behind an ocean landscape in BC
As we begin to turn our focus towards pandemic recovery and long-term resiliency, what has become clear is the critical role the charitable and non-profit sector in BC has had in supporting community...
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Illustration of a diverse group of people smiling next to each other
It’s been almost two years since we made a commitment to shifting and sharing power with community, especially those traditionally and historically left out. Last year we shared 33 ways we’ve began...
Walter Schneider, CEO, New Relationship Trust, Michael McKnight, president and CEO, United Way Briti
Walter Schneider, CEO, New Relationship Trust, Kevin McCort, president and CEO, Vancouver Foundation, Michael McKnight, president and CEO, United Way British Columbia, Niki Sharma, BC's Parliamentary...
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Illustration of Black community members "rewriting" the healthcare symbol
Illustration by Erick M. Ramos | Written by Esther Tung, Communications Manager “The origins and traditions of public health were not designed for Black communities,” says Gideon Quaison, a core...
Illustrated headshot of Leslie Varley
Illustrations by Maria Nguyen The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we do philanthropy and how non-profits serve their communities. We now have the opportunity to reinvent the way we work. So, what’s...
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Production of Kuroko by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Kanon Hewitt, Manami Hara and John Ng in Kuroko* . Photo by Chris Randle. By Madeline Barber According to Vancouver-based theatre actor and director Anjela Magpantay, there’s a hard-to-describe “...
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Families sign up for the Anarchist Mountain Fire Safety training day.
Rebuilding community means bringing us all to a place where we are not just surviving, but thriving. For groups that face daily marginalization, this involves ensuring that basic needs are more than...
Illustration: people in yellow/blue hues in the foreground, a person slumped in the back in dark red
Neil Belanger is not surprised at all that people with disabilities were impacted more severely by the pandemic. “Persons with disabilities have always faced systemic poverty,” says Belanger, the...
Jumping salmon illustration
UPDATE: We received an overwhelming response to the Indigenous Priorities Granting Program so we increased our funding commitment from $750,000 to $6.7 million and were able to support a total of 148...
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Illustration of two birds from the Swiilawiid Sustainability Society logo
The illustration of the swiilawiid birds is from the Swiilawiid Sustainability Society logo. From their website: "Our name is inspired by the swiilawiid (Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator carlottae...
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Sandbags and rescue personnel during a flood
[UPDATE: December 14, 2021] We're proud to have been able to award grants to the following groups as they support communities who have been hit hardest by the recent floods: Abbotsford Community...
Three women walking down the street smiling. One woman has a cane and another is in a wheelchair.
Story by Meera Eragoda Photo credit: Disabled and Here Much of grassroots work is necessarily focused on providing immediate relief to communities in need. Equally important is ensuring policies are...
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Illustration by Erick Ramos
Whether you’ve got a full holiday break or a couple of quiet hours to yourself during the seasonal rush, find inspiration or insight from these powerful books, games, and films: Braiding Sweetgrass...
Illustration by Maria Nguyen - Watering Flowers
Story by Stacey McLachlan Illustration by Maria Nguyen She may have retired from her work in the non-profit sector, but Mary McGivern can’t help but help. And with her Bright Futures Education Fund...
For Muldoe, returning sovereignty to Indigenous peoples is part of addressing climate change.
Story by Roohi Sahajpal Photo by Carla Lewis This was the cover story of the 2021 Vancouver Foundation Magazine. Read the PDF issue here . After experiencing a historic “heat dome” during the summer...
Kevin McCort and Crecien Bencio stand against a backdrop of Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood
The 2021 Vancouver Foundation Magazine is a collection of ideas for rebuilding community . We've amplified the voices of people who are shaping BC's recovery from the pandemic. Over the next few...
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Dozens gather for a Water Forum in the snow pre-COVID.
According to Tessa Terbasket, when it comes to managing water in the Okanagan, there needs to be a shift “to see water as more of a relation and not a resource for just human benefits. And just...
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Consultations for BC Budget 2022
Non-profits have played an irreplaceable role in getting us through this pandemic. We recognize we must play an even bigger part in what comes next and apply a systemic approach if we’re going to...
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Graphic recording outlining Indigenous priorities by Cassyex Consulting.
Apply for the Indigenous Priorities Granting Program by November 29 The Indigenous Priorities Granting Program supports First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. Indigenous-led organizations can ask...
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October 3 to 8 is Make a Will Week in BC. For more resources on how to make your will, visit the Province of BC's website . Visit our Legacy Giving page for more information on how to set up a Legacy...
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Orange shirt on an orange background.
Tomorrow is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation , which is also Orange Shirt Day. This is a solemn time for learning and unlearning. Coming to terms with the grim reality that ours is...
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Alarm clock
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 2021 tax receipt : Friday, December 3rd - Deadline for mutual fund...
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Nyla Carpentier dancing on stage with singers in the background
Story by Madeline Barber For the better part of her career, multidisciplinary artist and CultureBrew.Art Creative Director Valerie Sing Turner has been a point person for connecting people in the...
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Yunesit'in First Nation member working a controlled burn
Story by Meera Eragoda In June and July alone, BC has seen 90% of the town of Lytton burn down, over 250 wildfires, and a record-breaking heat wave, leading to the province declaring a state of...
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