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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...
Written by Meera Eragoda. Photos by Marina Dodis. Above: Am Johal (left), Elena Yugai, and Shagufta Pasta. Am Johal is Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Serving on Vancouver...
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 a Neighbourhood Small Grants project
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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