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We raise funds that help the Vancouver Police Department run important community-based programs not covered in VPD’s regular operating budget.

47 Years of Making a Difference for our City

For 47 years, the Vancouver Police Foundation has quietly supported every corner of our city by funding VPD officer-initiated programs that make Vancouver a better place for all – granting over $3 million to 113 programs and initiatives in 2023 alone.

The Vancouver Police Foundation was founded in 1976 by concerned citizens to fund VPD community engagement and public safety programs that fall outside of the regular operating budget. Since its inception, the Vancouver Police Foundation has provided $14.5 million to nearly 300 innovative and impactful programs that support youth, seniors, women, and the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals in Vancouver.

Most of these life-changing programs are spearheaded by dedicated VPD officers who want to make a lasting difference in their community. Due to the nature of their work, these officers often see gaps and needs in our neighbourhoods before anyone else. They turn to the Vancouver Police Foundation to help them launch and operate impactful programs that fill these gaps and make our city safer for everyone. In most cases, the officers volunteer their time to manage these programs after shifts or on days off.

Program support falls within four key areas: Youth Programs, Mental Health & Addictions, Community Outreach & Engagement, and Specialized Equipment & Technology. The VPF does not fund policing services and has no input into the VPD’s operations.

A federally registered charity and provincially incorporated non-profit society, the VPF funds innovative programs led by VPD officers, often on their own time and after their shifts.  Foundation funding is for programs that fall outside of the VPD’s regular operating budget from the City of Vancouver.

Vancouver Police Foundation Charitable Number – Canada: 89022 6178 RR0001

Our Mission

The Vancouver Police Foundation fosters partnerships with the public to enhance the Vancouver Police Department’s to engage with the community and to meet its objective to make Vancouver the safest major city in Canada.

Disclaimer: The Foundation is governed by an independent Board of Trustees which is solely responsible for governance, operations and the election of directors. The Trustees are chosen based on the needs of the VPF Board and their proven expertise in finance, governance, marketing, communications and fundraising.The Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department is a member of the VPF Board in order to provide background and insight into funding requests of the Police Foundation and to ensure that these requests align with the VPD’s community building priorities.

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