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When Paul Mulangu first arrived in Canada, he and his kids had just spent 10 years in a refugee camp. In Canada, “the land of opportunity,” they ran into more barriers than solutions.
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Illustration by Scott Knowles Design At the root of most community challenges you’ll find a system that needs work. That’s why Vancouver Foundation is committed to address the behaviors, routines,...
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The Skookum Lab ignited from a single, sobering statistic: that 45% of Indigenous children in Surrey live in poverty. Surrey, which occupies the traditional lands of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem...
Colourful of many people of looking up. "Black lives matter" is painted very small on a shirt.
On June 10, 2020, Vancouver Foundation pledged to do better . We made five commitments to racial justice as protests in support of Black Lives Matter and other movements spread across the globe...
Six young racialized people pose optimistically with bags of takeout in front of Pampanga's Cuisine.
Earlier this month, Vancouver was declared the anti-Asian hate crime capital of North America . It’s a shameful recognition of what our communities have long been experiencing—including many of our...
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We’ve granted $20.93 million to charities and non-profits that are exploring and embarking on projects that aim to create change by getting to the very root of a problem to work towards solving it...
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One of the most troubling trends to emerge during the pandemic is the sharp rise of anti-Asian racism. Nearly half of Asian people in BC experienced racism in the last year [1]. In Vancouver, anti-...
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The LEVEL BIPOC Grant program has awarded 42 organizations across BC with flexible, core funding. In total, $1.5 million and an additional $500,000 from an anonymous donor has been invested in BIPOC...
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Vancouver drag icon, Oliv Howe
Through the Fund for Gender Equality , it was important to support projects that recognize the diversity of gender identities beyond the binary to advance gender equality across the spectrum. It’s...
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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...
In 2019 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 our...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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