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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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WISH Executive Director Mebrat Beyene.
Photos by Marina Dodis “It’s profound how quickly funders can pivot when there’s a will and a need,” Mebrat Beyene says as she thinks back to long hours nights helping charities keep their doors open...
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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...
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Fund for Gender Equality, grant
The unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic have widened gaps and deepened inequities. Women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people in particular have faced disproportionate...
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LEVEL BIPOC Grants
Vancouver Foundation is launching the LEVEL BIPOC Grants that will offer flexible, general operating grants of $50,000 to BIPOC-led organizations. These grants are to invest in BIPOC leaders in the...
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Three preschool aged children graduating from the Indigenous HIPPY program
Parenting has seen one of the biggest shifts in everyday life since the pandemic began in March. With childcare and schools closed, children at home full time, and the uncertainty of what’s to come,...
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After more than a year of planning to launch, Vancouver Food Runners could never have anticipated all that hard work would culminate in responding to a global pandemic. Vancouver Food Runners is a...
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New Grants Approved for Spring 2020.
Vancouver Foundation is pleased to announce 43 recipients of a Systems Change or Participatory Action Research Grants. We have released a total of $6,214,284 into BC communities funding new projects...
The most recent groundswell of anti-racism support has held a mirror to Canada’s history as a country founded on white supremacy, systemic racism, and genocide. At the time Vancouver Foundation was...
Illustration by Dawn Lo of a multi-generational family
Throughout the pandemic, accurate and timely information has been a critical part of BC’s progress in flattening the curve. But essential information has been inaccessible to some communities — and...
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A group of people collaborating at a table
At the beginning of 2020—prior to the pandemic—Vancouver Foundation partnered with InWithForward on a project called BetaPhil , to better understand systems change grantmaking and re-imagine ways to...
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PADS puppies
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...
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Woman smiling in front of her social enterprise
In December 2019, Vancouver Foundation partnered with Community Foundations of Canada to launch the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) . The program supports social purpose organizations like...
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LEVEL Youth Grants support projects that invest in the leadership capacity of Indigenous youth as well as racialized immigrant and refugee youth in the nonprofit sector. In doing so, we hope to...
Emergency Community Support Fund
UPDATE: October 5, 2020 Applications for Phase II of the ECSF are open until October 30, 2020. Please click here for more information. The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) offers grants of up...
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Staff at House of Omeed preparing and delivering food baskets
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...
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Artist at Oxygen Art Centre reviewing their painting and sketches
The arts have a profound way of bringing people together through creative expressions that capture imaginations, challenge the way we think about our world, and provide meaning during difficult times...
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Report: Arts organizations, sports and recreation groups, environmental organizations and social service agencies may disappear in the next few months. At Vancouver Foundation, we’re serious about...
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