We are inspired by one simple goal

to make a difference through thoughtful, effective philanthropy

We’ve been connecting the generosity and aspirations of donors with the people and organizations that want to make change since 1979. Together, we share a commitment to more vibrant, healthy and caring communities.

what we do

We believe that the future resilience and prosperity of our community starts with long-term investments made today. Our job is to keep an eye on community needs and put resources where they are needed.

As a community foundation, we understand the North Shore and the Greater Sea to Sky region – from the local issues and needs to the people and organizations doing the best work to address these issues.

Using information gleaned from our Vital Signs research and experience, you can trust us to help you make a significant impact.

About Community Foundations

All community foundations can confidently say that we exist to improve the quality of life in our community today and forever. That’s a very general statement, and even if that goal is understood the next question of “how?” gets more complicated. To learn more, click here.

The West Vancouver Foundation is a proud member of Community Foundations of Canada and is one of the top 30 community foundations in Canada. Collectively, community foundations steward over $6 billion in assets and are one of the largest contributors to charities in Canada, granting more than $290 million annually.

Want to learn more? Watch this video on What is a Community Foundation.

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Our History

In 1978, Mayor Derrick Humphreys appointed a special committee to explore the possibility of creating a charitable foundation that would inspire and steward local philanthropy for local benefit. A year later, in September 1979, the first meeting of the Board of Directors was convened with Mayor Derrick Humphreys, Mr. Frank Griffiths Jr. (for his father), Mr. Charlie Hopkins, Mr. Bill Hyndman, Mr. David Mathieson, Mrs. Kay Meek, Mrs. Mary Pattison, Mr. Gordon Rowntree, and Mrs. Shirley Sager. Their legacy is profound. In partnership with donors, more than $6 million has been granted to community projects and organizations.

Want to Leave Your Own Legacy?

An endowment fund is an account for your generosity. Your charitable gifts are invested, and the interest earned every year is donated to the causes you care about.

Because most endowments last forever, a gift to the West Vancouver Foundation is a powerful choice that will support our community well into the future. Over the years, the amount granted to community through your fund will surpass the value of your original gift.

Learn more about opening your own legacy fund>>