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Stephanie Tait and Matt Hill, Run for One Planet
Ten years ago , Matt Hill and Stephanie Tait laced up their sneakers and left Vancouver to run a marathon. The next day they ran another, and then another – and about a year later they had completed...
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Derek Wills - Donor's Vision
“Deep inside, I’ve always had a close connection to giving back to the community,” says Derek Wills. His compassion for others was inspired by his parents who spent many hours volunteering with...
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Tom Bradley, Fund Advisor and Board member
For almost 75 years , Vancouver Foundation has depended on the prudent management of its endowment—$1.1 billion as of 2016—to help fund its work across the province. And few know the challenges of...
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Vancouver Foundation Magazine Fall 2016 - Girl Guides of Canada
Vancouver Foundation manages endowment funds on behalf of more than 400 charitable agencies across B.C. A charitable agency endowment fund provides for prudent capital growth coupled with a...
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MEC - Mountain Equipment Co-op
Mountain Equipment Co-op's commitment to sustainability runs deep. Among its many initiatives, the retail co-operative has donated millions of dollars in grants towards environmental causes,...
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1. CONSIDER YOUR CHARITABLE INTERESTS What are you passionate about? Arts and culture? Helping children? Medical research? When you establish a Donor Advised Fund at Vancouver Foundation, you will...
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Jason McLean, Vancouver Foundation, Board Chair
It’s not every day a former prime minister shows up unannounced, but for Jason McLean, it’s just another day at the office. When former prime minister Jean Chrétien recently arrived at the...
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This is a love story. One with ups and downs and twists and turns that go from joy to tragedy and then back again. A man and woman meet, fall in love, marry, have kids. Then she’s diagnosed with...
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Catherine M. Carmack Memorial Scholarship Fund
Carolyn Finlay remembers her son Eric’s first cello lesson vividly. His teacher, Catherine Carmack, offered to show the five-year-old a new way to slice an apple. She bisected the fruit sideways...
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Michael Gordon, city planner
Michael Gordon wears many hats. He’s an avid skateboarder, a professor and an amateur documentary filmmaker. He’s also a City of Vancouver planner, and has devoted his career to shaping the city and...
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Rita Cheng is President of Superior Tofu
Superior Tofu is a Vancouver based business that works hard to combine family and community values into their business practices. Rita Cheng is President of Superior Tofu and is heir to two...
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Don Evans, West Coast Railway Association
Trains and love have at least one thing in common: everyone remembers their first experience. For some, that first taste of rail might have been labouring over a scale model – Tyco HO or Lionel O...
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Takao Tanabe may be one of Canada’s most renowned artists, his 60-year career chronicled in detail by art institutions, journals and the media alike. But there’s a lesser-known side to his success...
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If you’ve got the time, the patience, and the skills, do-it-yourself can be a great way to go -- for home renos, and for charitable giving. Bill Langlois and Mike Melnyk are both retired B.C...
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“What can I do to teach my children to manage their inheritance?” This is an excellent question. Too often there is a reluctance to discuss financial matters with children or grandchildren. Some feel...
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"I gave my daughter power of attorney a few years ago. Do I need to do a new one because the law changed last fall?" Good question. On September 1, 2011, the enduring power of attorney laws did...
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Something old, something new Something borrowed, something blue And a silver sixpence in her shoe. When Tom and Brittany decided to tie the knot last year, they wanted to put a new twist on this old...
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Life is brighter around some people. Things seem more interesting, more colourful when you are near them. It’s as if these people radiate enthusiasm; their zest for life spills over and suddenly you...
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A.J. had done fairly well for himself and his family. Now in his 50s, he was comfortable, in good health, his house paid off, the kids were finished university and starting their careers, and there...
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“I’m a Canadian, but my husband is a US citizen. We live in Vancouver and are updating our wills to include a gift to Vancouver Foundation. Do we need to consider any special tax rules?” This...
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"I live to give, do good, thank God, and play golf" “Retired.” It’s definitely not a word you would use to describe Jack Gin – although it’s been more than five years since he drew a paycheque or...
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A seven-year-old’s birthday present in 1938 is one gift that keeps on giving At 82, Sheila Ross moves a bit more slowly now. But her wit, her sense of humour and her memory show no signs of slowing...
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'Hello Grandma?' These two words could cost you your life savings Actor Mickey Rooney, philanthropist Brooke Astor and an 87-year-old grandmother from Burnaby (let’s call her “Barbara”) share an...
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By Ian Robertson Table by Michael Erez From Vancouver Magazine Fall 2013 Why it's better to donate securities than cash Canada has long provided generous tax incentives for Canadians who donate to...
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A dedicated volunteer, Brad Joseph found a way to continue his support long after he was gone “Brad had personality-plus! He made friends no matter where he went,” says his mother, Bernice Joseph. “...
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