Vital Signs

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What is Vital Signs?

Vital Signs is Canada’s most extensive community-driven data program. Spearheaded by Community Foundations of Canada, the Squamish Community Foundation produces Vital Signs reports every three years and hosts a series of “Vital Conversations” throughout the year.

Vital Signs uses local knowledge to measure the vitality of a community and support action towards improving collective quality of life. Local data gathered through the program is used to support evidence-based, locally-relevant solutions to improve the quality of life at the community level. Vital Signs aims to inspire civic engagement, to provide focus for public debate, and to help a range of actors take action and direct resources where they will have the greatest impact.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the important health and economic priorities in our community, the SCF chose to pause the scheduled 2020 Vital Signs report, including community research and Vital Conversations. We will resume these initiatives as soon as possible.

Vital Explorations 2020

In 2020, the community foundations in the Greater Sea-to-Sky and Howe Sound region came together to create ‘Vital Explorations’ – a report that highlights some of the pressures experienced throughout the region and aimed at catalyzing conversations to better understand the issues, and identify potential solutions and region-wide responses.

View 2020 Report

Vital Signs Report 2017

View 2017 Report

Making the decision to give is easy. Figuring out how and where to allocate your donation can be difficult – but we can help.

Contributing funds to a community foundation comes with flexibility, choice and peace of mind that your contributions will benefit local causes aligned with your values and interests. Also, working with a foundation allows your funds to be pooled with other grants and gifts, therefore having a greater impact.

The Squamish Community Foundation donor services team works with individuals, charities, businesses, and professionals to find the right solution for their funds.

Donating as an Individual

Donating is a great way to both give back to your community and leave a lasting legacy. Whether you intend to donate in honour of a loved one or support a community initiative you’re personally passionate about, let us help you create a personalized charitable giving plan that represents your vision and values. Choose your own local cause to fund or ask our Board of Directors to identify a non-profit on your behalf. There are a number of ways to give as an individual:

  • Personal donation, or a gift during your lifetime either one time, monthly, annually, etc.
  • Bequest, given by way of a will for a specific amount.
  • Life insurance, which can be an ideal way to create a major gift at a relatively low cost to the donor.
  • Administrators of existing organizations or trusts may find it practical and efficient to transfer assets to a named fund within the Squamish Community Foundation.
  • A gift In Memorium or In Honor of a person perpetuate the name of a friend or family member.

Giving Back as a Business

Make the Squamish Community Foundation your charitable giving partner of choice and receive a host of benefits. Not only can your business support causes that align with your mission and values, but corporate social responsibility also comes with a variety of tax and financial incentives, too. Forge a strategic partnership with the SCF and you will receive additional exposure within the Squamish community.

How to Give

Donating to the Squamish Community Foundation is easy and there are a variety of ways to contribute. All donations over $10 will receive a charitable tax receipt.

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Set Up an Endowment Fund

There are several types of endowment funds available through the Squamish Community Foundation. We invite you to learn more about the our funds below, then reach out to the donor services team at to discuss your options. We would love to build a relationship with you.

Endowed Funds

Endowed funds are invested in perpetuity and grants are made from the income earned on the endowment.

Field of Interest Funds

Often donor advised, some Endowed Funds have a specific field of interest to which the funds can be applied.

Flow Through Funds

From time to time, the SCF receives flow through donations, which are dispersed in a short period of time for a specific purpose.

Named Funds and Donor Advised Funds

We have established guidelines and minimum recommended funding thresholds to establish a named endowment fund.

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