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.

The West Vancouver Foundation receives donations from local philanthropists & community members and is then able to provide funding to local charities, through various granting
programs, to support programs that address community needs.

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.

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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 $375 million annually.

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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 $5 million has been granted to community projects and organizations.