Fund Recipients







Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

The Fund supports the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives because of its research into and publication of new, workable ideas that help our society become more sustainable and just on social, economic and environmental terms.

The CCPA, Canada's leading progressive research institute, is an independent, non-profit, public policy institute that provides thoughtful, clear and rational evidence about the impacts of government policy choices. Its research, publications and educational activities support the efforts of individuals and organizations working towards social, economic and environmental justice.

The CCPA re-affirms that our best values are possible even in the face of incessant messages that we cannot afford our most treasured social programs, that poverty and homelessness will always be with us, that privatization is inevitable, that tackling climate change is too great a task. The CCPA's research gives people the knowledge that our commitment to a more just and sustainable world stands on solid footing. For more about the work of the CCPA, visit:


Lawyers Rights Watch Canada

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada is a committee of Canadian lawyers who promote human rights and the rule of law by providing support to human rights defenders in danger because of their advocacy. LRWC is an NGO with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN and received the 2004 Renate Shearer Memorial Award in recognition of ‘exceptional work in promoting international standards aimed at protecting the rights and the safety of human rights defenders world wide.’

LRWC’s work-- in over 40 countries and in cooperation with many NGOs-- includes: in-country investigations and reporting, lobbying governments, identifying and promoting remedies for human rights violations, engaging with the United Nations, advocacy, research and public education. For more information visit


Pivot Legal Society

Pivot's mandate is to take a strategi approach to social change, using the law to address the root causes that undermine the quality of life of those most on the margins. We believe that everyone, regardless of income, benefits from a health and inclusive community where values such as opportunity, respect and equality are strongly rooted in law. For more information about Pivot please visit


BC Liberties Association  

 The BCCLA sets out to promote, defend, sustain, and extend civil liberties and human rights. We recognize that such rights are fundamental and inalienable for the well-being of human society. Among these liberties and rights are those which have been embodied in such documents as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, the American Declaration of Independence, the British, American and Canadian Bills of Rights, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For more information please visit:


BC New Democrats    

BC NDP Leader John Horgan and NDP MLAs are working to hold Christy Clark and the BC Liberals to account. For more information please see:


Federal M.P. Libby Davies - Vancouver Centre NDP

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

COPE has three explicit purposes:

• to unite individuals and groups behind a program of progressive civic reform,
• to involve Vancouver residents and community organizations in public action in furtherance of their interests and the collective interests of Vancouver, and
• to nominate and endorse candidates for election to civic office in order to promote these purposes, and to provide direction and guidance to such candidates, both before and after they have been elected.  For more info see:





The Kidney Foundation of Canada

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national volunteer organization committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease through funding and stimulating innovative research, providing education and support, promoting access to high quality healthcare; and increasing public awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation.For more information, please visit


The Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society was founded in 1938. We are a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life for people living with cancer. We provide leading financial support for cancer research and deliver community-based support programs and prevention information for all types of cancer. For more information see  For info on the BC Chapter see:


Family Services of Greater Vancouver

We work to inspire and support those in our community who need help to reach their full potential: children are nurtured, youth find optimism, adults feel empowered, and parents make choices that build strong families. For more information please visit:


Farewell Foundation

The Farewell Foundation believes that its members have the right to make choices about their own bodies, their physical and psychological integrity, and their basic human dignity. The Foundation believes its members should have the right to receive assistance to end their lives, and that members should have the right to provide assistance. For more information please visit:


Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is one of Canada’s largest and most effective health charities. Over the last 60 years we have invested more than $1.39 billion in heart and stroke research, making us the largest contributor in Canada after the federal government. In that time, the death rate from heart disease and stroke has declined by more than 75 per cent. For more information please visit:


Scadding Court Community Centre

Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC) was built in 1978 as one story, 55,000 square foot facility. Its founding vision was that of a community-controlled centre with a social/recreational focus and mandate which allowed people in the neighbourhood to plan and develop their own services and activities. For more information please visit:





Vancouver Co-operative Radio

Vancouver Co-operative Radio, CFRO, 102.7FM is a non-commercial, co-operatively-owned, listener-supported, community radio station. Located in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Co-op Radio is a voice for the voiceless that strives to provide a space for under-represented and marginalized communities. Co-op Radio aims to increase community participation by encouraging examination of the social and political concerns of the geographic and cultural communities of BC. For more information visit


This Magazine

Forty years and still going strong, This Magazine is one of Canada’s longest-publishing alternative journals. Founded by a gang of school activists in 1966, and originally calledThis Magazine is About Schools, the modern-day This Magazine focuses on Canadian politics, pop culture and the arts, but in keeping with its radical roots never pulls punches. Subversive, edgy and smart, This Magazine is the real alternative to that.

Praised for integrating commentary and investigative reporting with in-depth arts coverage, This Magazine has been instrumental in trumpeting the new works of young Canadian writers and artists. Over the past 40 years, This Magazine has introduced the early work of Canada's most notable writers, critics and artists, including Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand, Tomson Highway, Naomi Klein, Evelyn Lau, Dennis Lee, Michael Ondaatje, Rick Salutin, Stan Persky, Robert Priest, Al Purdy, Drew Hayden Taylor and Clive Thompson. For more information please visit

Independent World Television Foundation

Independent World Television - the Real News Network is a plan to build the world's first global independent news network - without funding from governments, corporations or advertising. For more information please visit

The primary goal of the The Campaign for is to increase public awareness and informed participation in Canadian media policy formation. Participants of this emerging network include civil society organizations, consumer organizations, labour groups, media advocacy groups, academics, grassroots media activists, and Canadians from across the country. The Campaign for is a network-structured, education- and campaign- oriented, movement-building, national, non-profit and non-partisan media reform organization. We are primarily interested in helping to create the conditions for diverse, accountable and quality Canadian media to thrive. The Ruth and Henry Goodman Fund has been a founding donor since the inception of Campaign for Democratic Media, now . For more information, please visit


Quantum Shift TV

Quantum Shift TV is a 21st Century storyteller renewing the cultural values of community, care and interconnectedness through the use of leading edge technology and citizen journalism. We have been inspired by research from the Max Plank Institute in Germany confirming our belief that people are more likely to take positive action when they are seen to be doing so. For more information visit


The Tyee On-Line Media

The Tyee is a British Columbia based independent daily online magazine reaching every corner of B.C. and beyond. For more information visit


World Community Development Education Society

The World Community Development Education Society (WCDES) is a group of ordinary people guided by visions of a better world. WCDES was formed to foster awareness in our community of development issues and the links between local and global concerns. WCDES operates a number of projects including the World Community Film Festival which is BC's largest Film Festival. For more information visit: is Canada's most popular online independent news source and features 100% free content. offers original and reprint news columns, over 40 podcasts, live and pre-recorded video, a large moderated discussion board, a multi-featured book section, a Canada-wide event calendar, featured links to social movement and labour stories, progressive newswire and news from around the world, a free weekly email newsletter and more. For more information visit:


The Dominion 

The Dominion is a grassroots newsmagazine affiliated with the Media Coo-op network. For more information visit:


The Common Sense Canadian

The Common Sense Canadian is a forum for critical discussion of the key issues shaping our world today: water, energy, food security, and how we manage our resources to the public benefit while preserving of our environment. For more information visit:


Basics Community News Service   

Mission statement of Basics CNS:  “To provide independent media that encourages meaningful discussion and organization around the issues facing working class communities.”  Basics CNS is part of the committed press: we are openly on the side of the people and against the system that exploits them and the state that oppresses them.  We believe that the people need to organize to defend their rights and to build a just society.   See more at:



CACTUS stands for the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations. CACTUS was created to educate consumers and to improve access by Canadians to two specific media services: 1) Local media, especially video and television programming 2) Media production training and equipment at the local level, especially video and television.  For more information:


Media Democracy Project

The Media Democracy Project works hard to create a significant presence for non-commercial media in Canada. Our small team brings diverse communities together with leading media makers, activists, and scholars to discuss the relationship between media and democracy. For more information please visit:



Outlook Magazine is an independent, secular Jewish publication with a socialist-humanist perspective. Outlook was founded in 1963. It is published six times per year. The magazine has collectives in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. For more information please visit:


The Satire Project

The Satire Project and have teamed up to help spread the funny across the country. We've partnered to develop an online platform for Canadian satire featuring the best of the web and hilarious original content. is one of the largest independent news providers in Canada, and receives over 2 million unique page views per month, and averaging up to 350,000 unique visitor per month. The Satire Project brings together creative minds, technological knowhow and funny bones to highlight the richness and diversity of home-grown satire. For more information please visit:



The Satellite Video Exchange Society (now VIVO, incorporated 1973) was the first video exchange library, and one of the earliest international video centres and Canadian artist-run centres. Its founding mandate was to facilitate international information exchange through a public video library and, by the 1980s, to provide access to video equipment, basic workshops, and publish a magazine, Video Guide, distributed internationally. VIVO’s mandate is to directly support artists and independent community-based producers to develop, exchange, and disseminate their skills in a supportive environment through accessible services and programs. Our vision is a robust, diverse, and vibrant media arts sector: a catalyst for critical and innovative engagement with the material forms and cultural meanings of media and technology. VIVO’s programs offer a broad range of services and opportunities to artists and the public. For more information please visit:





Under the Volcano Festival of Art and Social Change

Under the Volcano Festival of Art and Social Change (UTV) is one of the largest arts & activism events in Canada. It offers organizers of grassroots and non-profit organizations the opportunity to come together to build allies and reach out to a wide variety of people.

For eighteen years, an incredibly diverse group of people have gathered in Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen to share, inspire and celebrate. They are deeply committed to ensuring that marginalized voices are highlighted, that the social justice movement and its history is well represented, and that local activists continue to organize in solidarity with global struggles. The festival's line-up consistently presents socially-conscious and radical artists, rather than relying on "name" or mainstream bands.

Through-out its 18 year history, UTV has maintained a "by-donation" admissions policy to ensure accessibility, and has not sought out corporations to underwrite costs through logo placements or advertising.

The Fund's support honors the Festival's grassroots record and its ethical style of organization for a truly "community" festival. For more information, visit


Vancouver Folk Music Festival

The Vancouver Folk Song Society has been promoting the singing, study, and enjoyment of folk music since 1959.  A major event on the world folk and roots music circuit, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival challenges audiences to expand their understanding and appreciation of what 'folk' can mean in a global context.

Bringing attention to exciting young artists who are pushing the boundaries and honouring the elders of the tradition, the Festival is an acknowledged leader in creating new ways of working with artists in developing forums and vehicles for experimentation, improvisation and education. For more information visit


The Power of Hope - Youth Empowerment through the Arts

The Power of Hope is a non-religious, non-profit organization whose mission is to unleash the positive potential of youth through arts-centered intergenerational and multicultural learning programs that value self-awareness, leadership, community and social change.

The Power of Hope programs are for youth and young adults who want to take an active role in creating a positive future, develop their leadership skills, build stronger communities and have a great time in the process! For more information visit



GRANNY POWER is a Pleiades Productions documentary about a very original activist movement – the Raging Grannies. Spanning 10 years, the film follows several passionate, activist grandmothers and their “gaggles” as they fight for peace, social justice and the environment.  For more information visit:  For the Vancouver Grannies visit:


Carnegie Community Centre     

Carnegie Centre offers social, educational, recreational, and cultural programs at nearby Oppenhemier Park, including sports, music, arts and crafts.   All services and programs at Carnegie Community Centre are offered free of charge with an annual membership of $1.00. For more info see:


Clay and Paper Theatre   

The goal of Clay & Paper Theatre is to change the world. Completely. Irrevocably. It is the fervent desire of Clay & Paper Theatre to encourage people to abandon propriety, to escape the mundane, to celebrate the wisdom of the little man and woman, to transform dormant curiosity, to acknowledge all of life, both negative and positive, to astonish the innocent and perplex the sophisticated, to have a view of the whole world, to raise questions about the big questions and to throw hot tar on the little ones.  Clay & Paper Theatre is not funny and is never serious. For more information please visit:


Power of Hope

The Power of Hope is a non-profit organization that delivers arts-based experiential learning programs to teens from diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. For more information please visit:






ACORN Canada is an independent national organization of low and moderate income families with 59,000+ members in 20+ neighbourhood chapters across 9 cities. 

We believe that social and economic justice can best be achieved with a national active membership who are invested in their organization and focused on building power for change.  For more about the work of ACORN, visit:


ACORN Institute Canada  

ACORN Institute Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, and we work with community partners across Canada to carry out our projects. AIC uses research and training to combat the poverty, discrimination and community deterioration that keeps low-income people from taking advantage of their rights and opportunities. For more information, visit:


Alternatives International    

We are social and political movements struggling against social injustices, neoliberalism, imperialism and war. We are building solidarity between social movements at the local, national and international level. Our approach is both concrete (action-oriented) and intellectual (creating new paradigms).  For more information about our movement-building visit:

Rain City Housing and Support Society

Rain City Housing and Support Society, formerly Triage Emergency Service and Care Society, provides emergency housing, supported housing, women’s housing, long term housing, community living support, outreach programs, food services and life skills management support for people living with mental illness, addiction and other challenges. For more informatin visit


Vancouver Monthly Meeting - War Resisters’ Support Campaign

The first annual Our Way Home Peace Event and Reunion was held for 4 days at the Doukhobor Brilliant Cultural Centre and Selkirk College, Castlegar, BC. It honoured the contribution made to Canadian life by the US war resisters who came to Canada during the Vietnam War. For more information visit


CoDevelopment Canada

CoDev is a BC-based non-profit agency that works for social change and global education in the Americas. CoDev was founded in 1985 by a group of activists who wanted to go beyond simply sending financial aid to Latin American countries. CoDev believes that partnerships between like-minded organizations, in Canada and Latin America can be vehicles for learning, social change, and personal empowerment. For more information see


Hollyhock Leadership Institute

The Hollyhock Leadership Institute helps build better, more strategic and more compassionate leaders of social change. Hollyhock Leadership Institute scholarships are intended for people currently working towards environmental and social change. Scholarships are given to reduce the costs of tuition to worthy candidates. For more information see


Tides Canada Foundation

Tides Canada Foundation is a national public foundation with a unique focus: providing charitable giving services to donors interested in values-led philanthropy in the areas of environmental sustainability and progressive social change.

Tides Canada is a bridge, connecting donors with successful charities. For many donors leading busy lives, the array of 80,000 charities makes it hard to identify which ones most fit their objectives. Tides Canada supports donors in helping them shape giving strategies and researching prospective grantees. We ensure that donors' intentions become realized through strategic philanthropy. For more information visit


BC Civil Liberties Association

BC Civil Liberties Association is a group of citizens who volunteer energy and talents to fulfill their mandate to preserve, defend, maintain and extend civil liberties and human rights in British Columbia and across Canada. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association was established in 1962 and is the oldest and most active civil liberties group in Canada. We are funded by the Law Foundation of B.C. and by citizens who believe in what we do. For more information, please visit


Council of Canadians

Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians. For more information visit


Canadian Women's Foundation    

As a women’s foundation, we specialize in helping women and girls move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence. This mandate makes us proudly unique.  We are the only national foundation in Canada dedicated to giving women and girls a chance for a better life. For more info please visit:


Catalyst Centre    

The “Catalyst Centre” is a collective of educators committed to democratic, social justice education and community development. Popular Education is a movement, a practice and a theory of social change that is based on learning and committed to resisting unjust uses of power.  For more information please visit:


Catch 22 Campaign    

The Catch 22 Campaign is a cross-country, grassroots, multi-partisan, pro-democracy, volunteer, campaign which started in January 2010. Our goal is to provide specific voting advice to help anti-Harper voters defeat as many incumbent Conservative MPs as possible.   For more information please visit:


Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)

CJPME’s mission is to enable Canadians of all backgrounds to promote justice, development and peace in the Middle East, and here at home in Canada. Please visit us at:


Free Omar Khadr Now Committee

The FREE Omar Khadr NOW Campaign is an organization of concerned citizens who are committed to seeking justice for our fellow Canadian Omar Khadr. For more information please visit:


Independent Jewish Voices

Founded in 2008, Independent Jewish Voices – Canada is a national human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just resolution to the dispute in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. For more information please visit:


IAF Canada

An Immigrant Access Fund loan can help a newcomer struggling to pay for the costs of Canadian licensing or training they need so they can work in their pre-immigration career.  For more information please visit:



People become part of this community by taking part in campaigns to defend our democracy and hold governments accountable to the values of a majority of Canadians. By taking action through a wide range of campaigns – from the omnibus crime bill and budget bills, to the Canada-China FIPPA investors deal and the CBC takeover clause – our community has grown from a small youth-led team to include over 350,000 people across Canada, and our voice keeps getting stronger every day. For more information please visit:


Metro Vancouver Alliance

Metro Vancouver Alliance is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens dedicated to making the Metro Vancouver area a better place for all to live and thrive. Our members come from faith congregations, youth groups, neighborhood houses, union locals, co-ops, academic departments and community non-profits.  For more information please visit:


Phoenix Community Works Foundation

Founded in 1973, our mission is to facilitate the building healthy, sustainable communities. Over the years we have expanded our work from the local level to regional and international communities. For more information please visit:


Sensible BC

Sensible BC is a group which is working to decriminalize the simple possession of cannabis in British Columbia through the Sensible Policing Act.  For more information please visit:


Single Parent Food Bank of BC

Single Parent Food Banks of BC Society (SPFB) (spfoodbank) is a registered non-profit organization providing perishable foods and baby items to low-income single parent families in the lower mainland for over 16 years. For more information please visit:


Squamish Community Foundation

The mission of the Squamish Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in Squamish by providing philanthropic leadership in assessing and responding to community needs, providing individual and corporate donors with the opportunity for flexible gift giving, and investing and managing donations prudently.  For more information please visit:





David Suzuki Foundation

Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and the Nature Challenge - the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that conserve nature and help achieve sustainability. For more information about the Suzuki foundation please visit .


Raincoast Research Society

Raincoast Research was founded in 1981 by Alexandra Morton and over the years the society mandate society has broadened. Raincoast Research focused on the orca, Pacific white-sided dolphin, wild salmon, and on the devastating impact of Atlantic salmon farming in British Columbia. For more information please visit:


The Carbon Rush

Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil. What do these projects have in common? They are all receiving carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact are these offsets having? Are they actually reducing emissions? And what about the people and the communities where these projects have been set up?

THE CARBON RUSH takes us around the world to meet the people most impacted. They are the least heard in the cacophony surrounding in this emerging "green-gold" multi-billion dollar carbon industry. From indigenous rain forest dwellers having their way of life completely threatened, to dozens of Campesinos assassinated, to the livelihood of waste pickers at landfills taken away, THE CARBON RUSH travels across four continents and brings us up close to projects working through the United Nations, Kyoto Protocol designed Clean Development Mechanism. This groundbreaking documentary feature proposes the fundamental question "What happens when we manipulate the markets to solve the climate crisis?" Who stands to gain and who stands to suffer? For more information about the The Carbon Rush please visit


The Dogwood Initiative

Dogwood Initiative works to promote local control over resources. Our work enables British Columbians to safeguard their communities for their children and their children's children. And we’re awesome. For more information about the Dogwood Initiative please visit For more information about No Tanks please visit:


Be The Change Earth Alliance    

Be The Change Earth Alliance (BTCEA) is a Canadian charitable organization founded in 2005 focused on the development of a citizen engagement program to support environmental, social and personal behaviour changes in community, the workplace, and in schools. Through our groundbreaking community engagement and sustainability education programs, we empower people of all ages to support and inspire one another in adopting sustainable lifestyles and creating healthy, thriving communities .  For more information please visit:


Friends of Clayoquot Sound

Friends of Clayoquot Sound is a Canadian  grassroots non-profit environmental organization, based in Tofino, British Columbia. It focuses on protecting Clayoquot Sound’s globally rare ecosystem of temperate rainforest and ocean (designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), and on building a local, conservation-based economy. For more information visit:


Raincoast Conservation Society

Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.  We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and grassroots activism to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach ‘informed advocacy’ and it is unique amongst conservation efforts.  For more information please visit:



The Uni’sto’ten camp is actively resisting a total of eleven companies currently proposing to run oil and gas pipelines through Unist’ot’en territory, (with several more companies announcing plans to join the new gas-rush). For more information please visit:







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