The Vancouver Police Foundation truly stands apart in the landscape of philanthropy. What makes our Foundation unique is that every activity we support is initiated by a member of the Vancouver Police Department. These officers, who risk their lives each and every day, go further by volunteering their own time on initiatives that have a significant impact on our community. Whether it’s supporting vulnerable or at-risk youth, helping seniors and new immigrants, or using innovative technology to save lives, these officers are on the front lines, making a difference every day. Their years of experience is unparalleled in helping to determine which programs will have the biggest impact in helping to build safer communities, both in the short- and long-terms.
The programs that are funded would not and cannot be supported through the VPD’s annual operating budget, so the Vancouver Police Foundation fills an important financial void.
Each year, the Foundation receives dozens of applications from officers who engage with all members of our city to improve the quality of life for those in crisis and to provide healthy, constructive options for at-risk youth. A small committee that includes Chief Constable Adam Palmer, decides on which grants will be funded each year, taking into consideration funding in previous years and the VPD’s strategic plan.
Feedback from program participants, members of our community and the officers themselves has been tremendous. It has been an honour to observe some of these programs first-hand and to participate in raising the funds needed to award these grants each year. Like all of our Board of Trustees, I feel privileged to work alongside the officers of the Vancouver Police Department – a group of men and women who truly are among the finest in the world of policing – and to support their incredible efforts to make our city safe, vibrant and a place where everyone loves to live, work or play.
John Montalbano, Chair
Vancouver Police Foundation