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This is a collection of our past and upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Community Grants support a wide range of community programs and projects that create connection and belonging for the North Shore community. 

The deadline for applications is January 29, 2021. For more information or to apply for a grant visit our Community Grants page

Speaker:  Lee Herrin, SCALE Collaborative 

This session will help organizations think through and prepare a financial model of the "before and after" of major events such as starting, expanding, acquiring or reducing a program, purchasing, receiving a major donation, or disposing of an asset. If you are looking at "renovating" your organizations, this session can help you to evaluate the future financial state after the change. If you are experiencing a period of significant change in your operating and funding environment, you may need to undertake "renovations" and this is a session that can help.

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If you were involved in a past Neighbourhood Small Grant project, or perhaps you are interested in finding out more, join us to celebrate the wonderful 2020 Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant projects, project leaders and volunteers!

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This Spring, the West Vancouver Foundation will bring the THRIVING NON-PROFITS Program to the North Shore. Thriving Non-Profits helps organizations build a diversified financial model and entrepreneurial revenue streams. If your organization is stretched for resources, financial or otherwise, and wants to learn about implementing strategies to build financially diversified and resilient organizations, join this information session to find out more about this program.

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Past Events

Date:        December 8, 2020

Time:        11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Speaker:  Barbara McMillan, Strategic Philanthropy Specialist

This session will provide a grant writing refresh, covering some tips on understanding the changing grant seeking environment and telling your story during COVID, streamlining your grant development time, and sourcing new grant opportunities.

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Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving when people come together to celebrate giving. A day to donate to your chosen charity, volunteer your time, help a neighbour or spread the word.

We have already seen so much generosity in our community - from Neighbour Grant project leaders creating care packages for the elderly to those donating to our North Shore COVID-19 Response Fund, the many staff & volunteers at the wonderful charities on the North Shore to our Fund Holders that continue to donate to causes that impact our community (such as the Ian & Rosemary Mottershead Fund, matching donations to the West Van Seniors' Centre Meal Program - Feed the Need).

This year, more than ever, everyone can use a little kindness and generosity. 

Give Where You Live

DONATE

 

Speaker:  Paul Nazareth, Vice President, Canadian Association of Gift Planners

Find out how to approach fundraising in these changing times and engage donors in new fundraising opportunities. Paul is an experienced, sought after speaker with agencies, donors, and advisors. This session will be an abbreviated version of the training that was offered at the Community Foundations of Canada 2019 conference. CAGP has been doing research on donor responses during COVID-19 and will share this learning through the session.

Paul Nazareth is a leader in Canada’s philanthropic sector with over 18 years’ experience in Planned Giving. Now Vice President, Education & Development at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, he has most recently been VP at the charity CanadaHelps as they scaled in donations to now over $160M a year.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have questions for the speaker or about the event, email info@westvanfoundation.ca.

The new Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant (RNSG) program is now open, for "virtual" events with no physical gathering component. The purpose of R-NSG is to build community strength and resilience, foster community creativity and wellbeing, and tackle social isolation.

Applications are being accepted until July 1st, or until funds are depleted. 

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Neighbourhood Small Grants provide of up to $500 for community members to develop projects together that create connections and belonging in their neighbourhood.  Applications are accepted until Apr 9, 2020. 

Visit our Neighbourhood Small Grant page for more information and a link to the application. 

The West Vancouver Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Council is holding their second 100 Youth Who Care meet-up on February 7.  The meeting is open to high school students and young adults who reside in West Vancouver, aged 13-29 years. Donations are encouraged to add to the monies provided by YPC to grant on the night, all adding to our collective impact.

Register here.

We are hoping to have the following organizations present in February:

Arts Room

West Van Community Centre 

The deadline for our Community Grants program applications is January 24th. If you are thinking of applying but have some questions, attend this free online webinar to get the answers.

There are probably others with the same questions as well.

Register here and a link will be sent out prior to the date.

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering. GivingTuesday harnesses the potential and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities.

What will you give today?

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Spreading the word bright and early on Dec 3.

 

Did you host, volunteer or attend a Neighbourhood Small Grant project in West Vancouver this year?  Or are you interested in hosting your own event next year? 

Please join us to celebrate the successes and experiences of the 2019 West Vancouver Neighbourhood Small Grants Projects, the Project Leaders & Volunteers.

Neighbourhood Small Grants are for $50-$500, for residents to develop projects that connect and engage neighbours at a grass-roots level. This year we funded 38 projects that ranged from block parties to emergency preparedness meetings, movie nights to an urban homestead tour and they were held from Capilano to Lions Bay - there was probably one in your neighbourhood!

Learn more about the various projects that were held throughout West Vancouver and Lions Bay, meet other community members, enjoy some snacks and possibly get inspired to hold your own Neighbourhood Small Grant project next year!

We hope you can join us to celebrate these neighbourhood projects that helped build community, strengthen connections and make West Vancouver a place where everyone feels they belong.

To find out more, email info@westvanfoundation.ca 

Neighbourhood Small Grants are for up to $500, for a West Vancouver resident and co-applicant, to hold a project in their neighbourhood that helps build connection and belonging at a grassroots level.  We've had so many wonderful projects already this year and still have limited funding available. Some ideas are a Fall Harvest Celebration, Holiday craft skills workshop, Emergency preparedness meeting, multi-cultural cooking party. 

The deadline for 2019 is October 15th so get your application in soon.  It's very easy, only 3 main questions. Find out more

 

 

Our 2019 Vital Signs report - a snapshot of what is happening in West Vancouver in 10 key focus areas - has launched!

What is a vibrant community?

West Vancouver's Vital Signs is a community check-up that measures the vitality of our community, identifies concerns, and supports action of issues that are critical to our quality of life. The West Vancouver Foundation produces the report to connect philanthropy to community needs and opportunities. Vital Signs is a national initiative of community foundations across the country.

See the report here.

 

The inaugural Heritage Club Games were a great success!

 

It was a lovely day of community giving, fun times and good food. For many of the participants it was their first time at these fantastic venues we are lucky to have in West Vancouver.

 

Funds raised benefit Athletics for Kids and West Vancouver Foundation.

 

Thank you so much for all of the participants, sponsors, donors and a big Thank You to the organizers and volunteers!

 

We can't wait for next year's!

 

Being piped to the West Van Tennis Club
Being piped to the West Vancouver Tennis Club
Bailing Challenge
Hollyburn Sailing Club Bailing Challenge

 

The June 14, 2019 West Vancouver Foundation Mayor's Lawn Bowling social was a huge success!  Such a fun, informal kick-off event to the summer.

In celebration of the Foundation's 40th Anniversary we celebrated all things 'Birthday' and the teams didn't disappoint. 

Funds raised from the tournament support community projects, non-profit organizations, scholarships that help further the arts, education, health, social services and the environment in West Vancouver.

To see more pictures, check out our Facebook album.  If you see yourself, be sure to tag your photo! 

If you couldn't make it but you still want to support the Foundation - you can make a donation to the SMART & CARING COMMUNITY FUND here.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE WEST VANCOUVER FOUNDATION.

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Dundarave Festival of Lights

December 1 - 31, 2020

Dundarave Beach

The ultimate Canadian Christmas leaves no one out in the cold.  In the true spirit of the season, the Festival's "Forest of Miracles" calls out the better angels in all of us.  Sponsored and decorated by families, community groups and businesses, the Festival's Christmas trees on beautiful Dundarave Beach have raised over a third of a million dollars since 2008 for the Lookout Society's North Shore Shelter. 

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Check out this video from the Heritage Club Games as they look forward to this community event next year.