Our Impact

Central City Foundation improves the lives of our neighbours in need through grants, sustainable social purpose real estate and investments.

Central City Foundation improves the lives of Neighbours in Vancouver through grants, sustainable social purpose real estate and investments
Our social purpose real estate properties not only offer safe, affordable housing to those who need it most and help revitalize neighbourhoods, but they also earn income to support our operations, empower our neighbours, and provide multiple opportunities for collaboration among like-minded organizations.

We invest in spaces and places that help people today, as well as create a legacy in our community that supports generations to come.

Our grants support innovative organizations, facilities and programs that offer effective and creative solutions to the problems affecting our neighbours in the inner city. Over the last 100 years, we’ve become the experts at identifying and investing in the promising programs that improve lives.

To explore the vibrant and exciting solutions happening right now in Vancouver’s inner city, read our stories about the grants we’ve given in these four key areas:


 

Our Buildings

Safe and affordable housing in the Downtown Eastside, a family services and daycare hub in Strathcona, BC’s first residential treatment centre for youth – whatever the project, we know that there’s much more to being a charitable foundation than just our grants programs.

Central City Foundation has become a leader for its model of investing in innovative, sustainable social purpose real estate properties that provide:

  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Integrated family services and early childhood development
  • Healthcare
  • Youth services
  • And more

We’re proud of our 100+-year history of investing in our community. Back in 1907, our founders issued shares and made such shrewd investments with the proceeds that two years later they were able to buy property and build a building in the Downtown Eastside, the Central City Mission, that served the neighbourhood for more than 80 years.

Today, our social purpose real estate properties help revitalize neighbourhoods, earn income to support our operations, empower our neighbours, and provide multiple opportunities for collaboration among like-minded organizations. Focusing on community investment means that we invest our capital directly in our community as well as more traditional investments that earn income to support our operations and grants programs, creating a lasting legacy in our community in support of our neighbours in need. We carefully steward all of our resources for maximum financial return and community benefit.

Safe and Affordable Housing

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Investing in our community

The Abbott Mansion and the Cosmopolitan Hotel not only provide secure and low-cost housing in the Downtown Eastside, but they also house a health research project and a unique women’s health centre. Aunt Leah’s Place in New Westminster, in a building owned by Central City Foundation, provides supported housing for young mothers, job training and coaching on essential life skills to create a brighter future for foster kids. The Phil Bouvier Family Centre offers childcare and family services to the inner city, and our property in Keremeos, The Crossing, houses BC’s only long-term residential addictions treatment centre for youth.

We’re excited about new developments in our existing social purpose real estate properties and we’re looking for new partnerships too. Our facilities provide space for programs and services that help our neighbours in need and build hope.

Central City Foundation’s Downtown Eastside properties are managed by Atira Property Management, a social enterprise owned by Atira Women’s Resource Society, a not-for-profit agency that has provided services for more than 25 years to women and their children who have experienced violence. Not only does Atira provide us with excellent property management services, but our fees help protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

The Crossing at Keremeos
Phil Bouvier Family Centre
Aunt Leah’s Place – Building Stronger Families Together
Abbott Mansion
Cosmopolitan Hotel

 

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The Future

Central City Foundation is unique in the way it approaches investments in improving lives of people in need in the inner city. We offer grants to non-profit community partners, but we are innovative in the capital projects we fund. Our grants support innovative organizations, facilities and programs that offer effective and creative solutions to the problems affecting our neighbours in the inner city. Over the last 100 years, we’ve become the experts at identifying and investing in the promising programs that improve lives, and in the future, we’ll continue to push the envelope to find new ways of bringing people together to build hope.
We invest in properties that will help people today, along with creating a lasting legacy in our community that will support generations to come.
Our social purpose real estate properties not only offer safe, affordable housing to those who need it most and help revitalize neighbourhoods, but they also earn income to support our operations, empower our neighbours, and provide multiple opportunities for collaboration among like-minded organizations. Our business model is unique, and has proven itself in both financial and social returns.

We invest in properties that will help people today, along with creating a lasting legacy in our community that will support generations to come. You can be a part of this legacy of bringing neighbours together to build a community of hope.


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