Give Where You Live 2021


Over $200,000 Raised for charity partners!

The West Vancouver Foundation believes in a future that is bright, just and sustainable with the resources to ensure a vibrant quality of life for generations to come. We are a leader in community-based philanthropy, working with individuals, families and charities for maximum community impact.

Give Where You Live is an exciting giving campaign that empowers you to join others in West Vancouver & the North Shore in supporting a select group of local charities. The 2021 campaign is now complete.  The community generously donated $135,059, plus $65,500 in matching (from the Ian & Rosemary Mottershead Fund), is resulting in $200,559 to our 7 charity partners!


The West Vancouver Foundation’s Give Where You Live Catalogue is a short list of some of the organizations and projects we have our eyes on. They are mostly small(er) and mid-sized, but they are mighty.  Read the Guide to learn more. 

Your donations will support the needs right here in our community. Donations made between November 15 –  December 31st, 2021, were matched, up to $10,000 total, by our Ian and Rosemary Mottershead Fund -doubling your gifts!

In Canada, 60% of all charitable donations benefit only 1% of charities. It’s time to change that. The groups featured here are working to transform lives on the North Shore, and make our community stronger and more resilient.  

  • Foundry North Shore – Youth & Parent Support Programs, $11,000 in funding
  • Harvest Project – Extending a hand up, $20,000 in funding
  • Hollyburn Family Services Society – Vulnerable Seniors Support, $35,242 in funding
  • Howe Sound Biosphere Society – Searching for slhawt’ (herring), $19,130 in funding
  • North Shore Rescue – Helicopter Night Hoisting, $20,000 in funding
  • West Van Arts Council – Art Initiatives, $20,000 in funding
  • West Van Seniors Centre – Feed the Need Program, $75,187 in funding


Caring Community Fund

The Caring Community Fund provides funding to our largest grant stream, the Community Grant program. Community Grants support a wide range of community programs and projects that create connection and belonging for the North Shore community. The focus is on community needs identified in our Vital Signs report, a report that identifies trends and emerging areas of need in our community. 


Donate online, by email, e-transfer, or contact us to gift publicly traded shares. The West Vancouver Foundation is a leader in community-based philanthropy, working with individuals, families and charities for maximum community impact.

If you would like to leave a legacy, by providing a gift in your will, find out more here.


Thanks to the generosity of so many in our community – from single donations, bequests in wills, setting up a family fund, donating securities and more, we have been able to make a difference in our community. See some of the impact these donations have made. 


There are so many wonderful charities serving those in our community. Some have funds at the Foundation and many we have granted to. 

  • First Aid Ski Patrol Fund
  • Harvest Project
  • Hollyburn Family Services Society
  • Kay Meek Arts Centre Development Fund
  • North Shore Keep Well Society Fund
  • North Shore Rescue Team: Endowment Fund, Spend Down Fund, Tim Jones Legacy Fund
  • North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre Fund
  • Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation
  • Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise Fund
  • Squamish Search and Rescue Foundations Fund
  • St. Francis in the Wood Fund
  • 365Give Fund
  • West Vancouver Marine Rescue Society Fund
  • West Vancouver Police Department Fund
  • West Vancouver School District’s Enhanced Learning Opportunities Fund
  • West Vancouver United Church Endowment Fund
  • West Vancouver Youth Band Fund
  • Avalon Recovery Society
  • Backpack Buddies
  • BC Mountain Foundation
  • Canadian Iranian Foundation
  • Canadian Mental Health 
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Capilano Community Services
  • City of North Vancouver
  • City of North Vancouver Library
  • Crisis Intervention BC
  • District of North Vancouver Libraries
  • District of West Vancouver
  • Dundarave Festival
  • Enhance West Vancouver
  • Family Services North Shore
  • Harmony Arts Festival – DWV
  • Harvest Project
  • Hollyburn Family Services Society
  • House of Omeed
  • Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration – DWV
  • JDRF
  • Kay Meek Arts Society
  • KidSport North Shore
  • Lighthouse Park Preservation Society
  • Lionsview Seniors Network
  • Lookout Housing
  • Mothers Matter Indigenous HIPPY
  • North Shore Celtic Ensemble
  • North Shore Community Resources
  • North Shore Disability Resources
  • North Shore Keep Well 
  • North Shore Meals on Wheels
  • North Shore Multicultural Society
  • North Shore Restorative Justice
  • North Shore Stroke Recovery
  • North Shore Volunteers for Seniors
  • North Shore Women’s Centre
  • Ocean Ambassadors Canada
  • Pacific Spirit Choir
  • Parkgate Community Services
  • Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society
  • PLEA Community Services – Children of the Street
  • Polygon Gallery
  • Reconciliation Canada
  • Red Fox Healthy Living
  • Sharing Abundance
  • Silver Harbour Seniors’ Centre
  • Special Olympics BC North Shore
  • Spectrum Mothers
  • Squamish Nation
  • 365 Give
  • St Johns Society
  • Theartre West Van
  • Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports
  • VanDusen Master Gardeners West Van
  • Westcoast Family Centres
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library
  • West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre
  • West Vancouver Art Museum
  • West Vancouver Community Arts
  • West Vancouver Historical Society
  • West Vancouver Marine Rescue
  • West Vancouver Police Department
  • West Vancouver Streamkeepers
  • West Vancouver Youth Band
  • Zajac Ranch for Children

2021 Featured Charities

Hollyburn Family Services Society
Hollyburn Family Services SocietyVulnerable Seniors Support
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Since 2004, Hollyburn Family Services Society has been working and advocating to ensure youth, seniors, adults and families are safe from violence, that marginalized youth have access to the resources they require and youth, seniors and families have sustainable and affordable housing.
Foundry North Shore
Foundry North ShoreYouth & Parent Support Programs
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Foundry North Shore is a multi-service wellness center for youth 12 - 24 yrs old. Core services include mental health and substance use counselling, primary care medical services, peer support, parent navigation and other social services.
Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative Society
Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative SocietySEARCHING FOR SLHAWT' (HERRING) in the Squamish Nation territory
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Howe Sound Biosphere Trust facilitates and supports the organizing and planning of complex activities that bring allegiance to balancing development, conservation, and equity in the Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound region.
West Van Community Arts Council
West Van Community Arts CouncilCommunity Art Initiative
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The West Vancouver Community Arts Council was established in 1968, with a mission to increase and broaden the opportunities for West Vancouver and all North Shore citizens to enjoy and participate in cultural activities.
West Van Seniors Activity Centre
West Van Seniors Activity CentreFeed the Need - Seniors Food Security
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The Seniors’ Activity Centre’s meal program began as the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light a genuine need among this community’s most vulnerable seniors, who lacked the means to access regular meals.
North Shore Rescue
North Shore RescueHelicopter Night Hoisting
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North Shore Rescue operates in a challenging geographic location with minimal ground access in many areas. Helicopters are frequently used with great success to streamline our response. To further expand on our existing capabilities and skills, NSR seeks to combine both the hoisting and night vision disciplines.
Harvest Project
Harvest ProjectExtending a Hand Up
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Harvest Project impacts the community by breaking the poverty cycle + restoring people to healthier lives. Each month, Harvest Project 'extends a hand up' to individuals and families who are struggling. We celebrate with client-families as they move forward through their circumstances, to healthier lives here on the North Shore. Your gift will help people in our community receive the help that they need to overcome challenging life circumstances.


Choose from one of our featured charity partners, donate to one of our field of interest funds, or donate to the Caring Community Fund.


Establishing a family fund allows you to customize your charitable giving and improve the lives of others in your community over time. 


Ensure your generosity impacts the community for years to come by updating your will to include a gift to the West Vancouver Foundation.