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Many donors like you want to improve educational opportunities for all British Columbians and feel the best way to do this to to give flexibility to the experts and advisors at Vancouver Foundation. By directing your gift to this focus area, you’re supporting projects that enhance access to education, training and lifelong learning opportunities—now and into the future.


Learn about the great work that the Education fund supports, like this project:

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DisPLACEment mural
DisPLACEment poem art
Young woman in front of mural


Indigenous, migrant, and refugee youth in B.C. have been displaced not only from their geographic homelands, but also from their ancestral, cultural, and spiritual roots. Their schoolmates and teachers often have little or no understanding of what it’s like to be forcibly uprooted from everything they know and how that pain continues to be felt for generations.

In 2017, we received an application from the Access to Media Education Society to bring together Indigenous and newcomer youth to explore the causes and consequences of displacement and resettlement. The program aims to dispel myths and challenge systematic racism. Our Education Advisors agreed this was a good idea.

Donors like you made possible at $75K grant that enabled Indigenous, migrant and refugee youth to create short videos that brought to light the untold stories of youth that have been left out of the picture. The program sparked dialogue, increased awareness, and infused the education system with thought-provoking content that illuminates the realities of these populations. 

Over the past five years, the Education foucs area has provided support to a a range of leading charities including: Vancouver Island University, Simon Fraser University, various School Districts, Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, Ecotrust Canada, Abbotsford Restorative Justice Association, UVIC, and Family Supports Institute of BC, among others.

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Please contact any of our Donor Services staff to answer your questions, help you make a donation, set-up a fund, or support one of our focus areas.

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Calvin Fong
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Why support a focus area?

Causes of concern today may not even exist tomorrow, but when you support a focus area, you join other like-minded donors and become a part of a powerful force in creating a healthier, more livable community. And because we bring together smart advisors —all experts in their respective fields — to review and select the best grant applications, you can be assured that your gift is being utilized in a way that has long-term impact. Learn more about the expert advisors who are putting your gift to work. 


Many donors care about education, but you also have broader interests in the community. You may want to consider a targeted gift to another one of these focus areas: