Newsletters and Community Reports

We undertake research and report to our community about developments with our neighbours. Browse our community reports and annual newsletters below.

On the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis

Life-saving staff and volunteers at front line community organizations are experiencing high levels of stress, trauma and burnout from the deadly opioid crisis. Our 2017 community report shows that more support is needed from other foundations, government and the broader community to begin solving the crisis.

Central City Foundation conducted in-depth interviews in 2017 with 29 leaders of essential community service organizations in the inner city. All reported that the opioid epidemic is straining their operations, their staff and their clients.

Putting a dollar value on doing good things for community

Our 2015 community report shows how investing in social purpose real estate can be tangibly measured, and that such investments can yield significant returns for investors.

Putting a dollar value on doing good things for community illustrates how Social Return on Investment (SROI) can be measured and how mission-based investing can yield significant financial and social return.

Unaffordable Spaces: How rising real estate prices are squeezing non-profit organizations and the people they help

Vancouver’s skyrocketing real estate prices have major implications for the lives of people in the inner city, their communities and the non-profit organizations that serve them.

Central City Foundation has put together this community report to present information that can spark increased dialogue about how all of us – funders, government, non-profits, donors and all neighbours – can address issues and work together to build a community in which people are safe, fed and adequately sheltered, well-educated, employed, healthy and empowered to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

Exploring Social Return on Investment

Central City Foundation partnered with Urban Matters to demonstrate to communities and stakeholders the value we create from tax incentives, grants and donation through our investments in social purpose real estate. This measurement of Social Return on Investment, or SROI, lays out a framework for measuring the value we create through our real estate portfolio that explicitly considers the economic impact of the social value being delivered.

Through this process, we were able to show that every dollar that Central City Foundation invests in social purpose real estate results in up to $3.90 in direct social benefit to community. The social return on the total invested capital for the Central City Foundation real estate portfolio is 18%.

Since 1907, Central City Foundation has been an intrinsic part of our city.

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