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Vancouver Foundation

475 West Georgia Street, Suite 200
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4M9
Canada

Mission

To harness the gifts of energy, ideas, time and money to make meaningful and lasting impacts in communities

Most Meaningful Change

In 2011, we set out to learn what issue people in metro Vancouver care about the most. While we wanted to remain a broad funder, we also knew it was time to dedicate more effort to tackling a specific, community-identified challenge. We surveyed 275 charitable organizations and talked to more than 100 community leaders. What they told us was a surprise. We expected people would choose poverty or homelessness or any of the other social ills that dominate the headlines. They did talk about these things, but what people said concerned them the most was a growing sense of isolation and disconnection. They said we live increasingly in silos, separated by ethnicity, culture, language, income, age and even geography. They lamented what they saw as a deepening civic malaise that has resulted in more people retreating from community activities. And they asked hard questions: How can we begin to tackle complex issues like poverty and homelessness if people are disconnected, isolated and indifferent? How can we make people care about community issues if their concern stops at their front yard? In the end, the big question for our foundation was, “What can we do to help build a more connected and engaged community in metro Vancouver?” As a follow-up to the 2011 findings, in 2012 we surveyed 3,841 people across metro Vancouver to measure their connections and engagement in neighborhood and community life, and what prevents them from being more connected and engaged. The results of this survey drew national attention. Since that time, we have undertaken two initiatives that address aspects of the issue identified: “Neighborhood Small Grants” and “Youth Homelessness.”

1943 Year Founded
$788,706,044 Endowment Value
$45,954,172 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

4,580,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationVancouver Foundation
Address 1475 West Georgia Street, Suite 200
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownVancouver
State / RegionBritish Columbia
ZIP / Postal CodeV6B 4M9
CountryCanada
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone604.688.2204
Emailinfo@vancouverfoundation.ca
Websitewww.vancouverfoundation.ca
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Kevin McCort, Chief Executive Officer
Primary Contact’s NameWilliam Hallett
Primary Contact’s PositionVice President, Finance & Operations
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1943
Mission StatementTo harness the gifts of energy, ideas, time and money to make meaningful and lasting impacts in communities
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced4,580,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)61
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members15
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$117,926,306
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$26,568,802
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$7,888,694
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$45,954,172
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$788,706,044
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a slight role
Grassroots activismPlayed an important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentNo role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodLots of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityImportant but not central
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleSlightly important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationLot
EnvironmentLot
HealthLot
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionLittle
Economic developmentNot at all
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingLot
ChildrenLot
WaterLittle
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingLittle
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesRarely
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffNever
ResearchNever
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentRarely
InternshipsRarely
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting better
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityNo change
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsNo change
Networks and links between different parts of the communityNo change
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationNo change
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingNo change
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityA few small achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Social position of marginalized groupsA few small achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesSome important achievements
Value of community assetsA few small achievements
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityA few small achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsA few small achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingA few small achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsNot at all
Local governmentNot at all
National governmentN/A
UniversitiesNot at all
SchoolsNot at all
BusinessesNot at all
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersN/A
Regional association of grantmakersN/A
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationHelpful
Other organizationNeither helpful or unhelpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesNo
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingNeither important nor unimportant
Better legal or fiscal environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingNeither important nor unimportant
Stronger civil societyNeither important nor unimportant
More responsive authoritiesNeither important nor unimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsIn 2011, we set out to learn what issue people in metro Vancouver care about the most. While we wanted to remain a broad funder, we also knew it was time to dedicate more effort to tackling a specific, community-identified challenge. We surveyed 275 charitable organizations and talked to more than 100 community leaders. What they told us was a surprise. We expected people would choose poverty or homelessness or any of the other social ills that dominate the headlines. They did talk about these things, but what people said concerned them the most was a growing sense of isolation and disconnection. They said we live increasingly in silos, separated by ethnicity, culture, language, income, age and even geography. They lamented what they saw as a deepening civic malaise that has resulted in more people retreating from community activities. And they asked hard questions: How can we begin to tackle complex issues like poverty and homelessness if people are disconnected, isolated and indifferent? How can we make people care about community issues if their concern stops at their front yard? In the end, the big question for our foundation was, “What can we do to help build a more connected and engaged community in metro Vancouver?” As a follow-up to the 2011 findings, in 2012 we surveyed 3,841 people across metro Vancouver to measure their connections and engagement in neighborhood and community life, and what prevents them from being more connected and engaged. The results of this survey drew national attention. Since that time, we have undertaken two initiatives that address aspects of the issue identified: “Neighborhood Small Grants” and “Youth Homelessness.”
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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