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About Us

Vancouver Foundation is Community Inspired. We connect the generosity of donors with the energy, ideas and time of people in the community. Together, we’ve been making meaningful and lasting impacts in neighborhoods and communities since 1943.

We work with individuals, corporations and charitable agencies to create permanent endowment funds and then use the income to support thousands of charities. The original capital is endowed so that it generates income in perpetuity. 

We recognize that communities are complex and that collaboration between multiple stakeholders is needed to help everyone thrive and evolve. Every year, through the generous support of our donors, we fund hundreds of innovative projects – large and small – in areas such as arts and culture, education, children and youth issues, environment, animal welfare, community health, and social development.

Our vision is to build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across British Columbia.

Although Vancouver Foundation is a broad funder, we focus extra energy and resources on community-identified initiatives that strengthen our residents’ connections and engagement in their community.

We also work to convene partnerships and conversations around emerging issues such as addressing the needs of at-risk and immigrant and refugee youth, as well as those who are emerging from the foster care system.

We have made a commitment to Learning and Sharing the knowledge and resources developed through this work with our partners, and with the broader community through our Open Licensing Initiative. 

Vancouver Foundation brings together donors, non-profits and charities, government, media and academic institutions, local leaders, and passionate individuals to build meaningful and lasting change in the province of BC. 

And we do so with gratitude. Thank you for working with us to build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across British Columbia.

Our Commitment to Reconciliation

Vancouver Foundation’s signature on the Philanthropic Declaration of Action on Reconciliation is a commitment to act on the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Our work includes a continuing partnership with Reconciliation Canada, a focus on funding reconciliation related projects through our granting, and dialogue among staff, Board of Directors, and Honorary Governors about how reconciliation should inform our strategic priorities. We also continue to seek Indigenous participation in our volunteer Advisory Committees.

Vancouver Foundation is a proud member of:

Vancouver Foundation is a member of Community Foundations of Canada, the national membership organization for 191 community foundations across Canada who contribute time, leadership and financial support to local initiatives, helping people give back where their communities need it most. To find a Community Foundation near you click here. We are also a sector champion member of Imagine Canada, a national program to promote public and corporate giving, volunteering and support to the community. 

We are a certified Living Wage employer. We meet or exceed the Living Wage rate within Metro Vancouver for all our direct and contract staff.

From 2020 to 2022, we were recognized as one of BC's 100 Top Employers.