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.
Ways to Give
Our Commitment to Strengthening Relationships with Indigenous Communities
The West Vancouver Foundation understands the importance of acknowledging that the land on which we live and work is the unceded traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations and we are grateful for the opportunity to do so. Acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for Indigenous people – both past and present. Recognition and respect are essential elements of establishing healthy and reciprocal relations, which are the key to working towards reconciliation.
The West Vancouver Foundation is committed to working together with our community towards a shared goal of reconciliation and we are committed to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We have signed onto the The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action, and we are members of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Our work includes a focus on funding and supporting projects related to reconciliation, and creating learning opportunities for our staff, Board and community about our shared history and opportunities to combine our strengths.
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.
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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.
Kayachten - Welcome Pole Restoration Project
We are very honored to have been involved in this heartwarming, meaningful and impactful project – Kayachten – Welcome Pole Restoration project at Lookout Housing Society. This project saw Kayachten, the Welcome Pole, brought back to its original glory, proudly uniting the Squamish Nation and the North Shore community, and was dedicated to helping the North Shore homeless population.
Be the Bear - Celebrating the Greatness of Us
In the true spirit of ‘celebrating the greatness of us,’ the West Vancouver Foundation helped to facilitate the community of funders of Caulfeild Elementary’s Welcome Figure. The students and teachers at Caulfeild Elementary School have been intentionally creating deeper connections to Indigenous learning with the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation for a number of years. Read more about their story here.