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Vancouver Foundation

Suite 1200, 555 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6
President & CEO: Faye Wightman
Board Chair: Gordon MacDougall

Charitable Reg. #: 11928 1640 RR0001
Sector: Fundraising Organization - Community Foundation
Public Foundation

Charity Rating

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Results Reporting

Grade: NR

Charity not yet rated on the public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2009 2010 2011
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #59

Avg. Compensation $56,409

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 1
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 6
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2011

About Vancouver Foundation:

The Vancouver Foundation (VF) started in 1943 with Alice MacKay – one woman with a strong vision. MacKay, a secretary, wanted her savings of $1,000 to help homeless women trapped in a cycle of poverty. 10 other community leaders each contributed $10,000, creating Vancouver Foundation. Today VF is the largest of Canada’s 163 community foundations with more than 1,400 endowment funds with a total market value of almost $747 million. VF bi-annually reports Vital Signs that takes Vancouver’s pulse and identifies community priorities.

The purpose of VF is to make it easy for donors to give back and create ongoing legacies. VF also manages approximately 550 endowment funds established by charities to provide a consistent income. Last year, VF distributed $41.4 million to charities; 14% to community impact funds, 46% donor-directed grants, 36% charity funds granted to the charity.

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Charity Intelligence can update this report on Vancouver Community Foundation, if there is sufficient donor interest.

Financial Review:

Vancouver Foundation received $36.0 million in contributions from donors and charities. Administrative costs are 11.4% of revenues. Fundraising costs are 1.9% of donations. VF’s purpose is to accumulate funds. Its funding reserves of $747.0m cover annual program costs 1,696% - or inversely, VF’s paid out 6% of funds to charities. Nearly all (99%) of VF’s funding reserves are restricted by donors and charities.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.4%7.3%3.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.9%2.2%1.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 1,695.9%1,418.1%1,135.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 35,99326,39342,451
Government funding 1,695962537
Investment income 12,06257,99385,749
Total revenues 49,74985,348128,738
Program costs 2,6642,5001,988
Grants 41,38250,20061,260
Administrative costs 5,6866,1894,566
Fundraising costs 681586615
Cash flow from operations (664)25,87260,309
Funding reserves 746,989747,334718,060
Note: Ci has reclassified investment management fees from revenues to administrative costs: $2.7m in 2011, $2.9m in 2010, and $2.5m in 2010. Investment income includes unrealized gains. This affects total revenues and the administrative cost ratio. VCF's grants include capital distributions of $2.0m in 2011, $5.8m in 2010 and $8.8m in 2009.