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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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Mom2Mom staff delivering essential items to low-income moms and children
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...
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At the heart of community foundations is a powerful idea: that each community knows best how to respond to its own local needs and priorities. Through a $1.5 million grant from our Community Response...
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When this pandemic hit, Vancouver Foundation jumped to act. Together with major partners from all sectors, we launched the Community Response Fund to get rapid relief where it’s needed most. In just...
Update May 4, 2020: You've helped us raise $104,300 for the Community Response Fund! Thank you so much to everyone who has participated over this weekend. Support charities with a tweet For the next...
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Zero Ceiling youth smiling together while snowboarding
Job loss, housing instability, and social isolation. These have been some of the top challenges that youth organizations like Zero Ceiling have been tackling during this pandemic. For more than two...
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Who's In Your Heart? Share who's in your heart with our ten colouring pages. Print them out, get artistic, and even put them on your window to brighten the days of people walking by. These colouring...
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In Our Hearts
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...
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Downtown Eastside Heart
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...
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Over the course of one week, neighbourhood houses have stepped up to get creative and rapidly shift services and programs to support their communities through the uncharted territory of COVID-19...
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Last updated: October 5, 2020 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...
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Overview Vancouver Foundation has joined Vancity Credit Union, United Way Lower Mainland, and the City of Vancouver to launch the Community Response Fund (CRF) to support community through the COVID-...
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