SFU City Conversations:
Are We Becoming Less Generous?
Philanthropy is a critically important part of Canadian life. It’s a key supporter of education, health and the arts (just last month the Chan family donated $40 million to help fund a new Vancouver Art Gallery). It is a mainstay of organized religions. It also provides crucial support for marginalized people facing socioeconomic barriers. Canadians pride ourselves on giving back— it’s part of our identity.
However, the 2018 Giving Report finds that the current model of philanthropy in Canada is unsustainable. Why is it that philanthropic donations by individuals and families have been in decline since 2006? Does rising income inequality and wealth concentration among older Canadians mean that younger generations have less to give? How can we ensure that charitable organizations remain properly funded and can continue to provide vital support?
To start the conversation, we welcome Calvin Fong, the Vancouver Foundation’s Director of Donor Services; David Love, President of the Vancouver chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Principal of LOVEfundraising, and Jeanette Ageson, Publisher of the online newspaper The Tyee. Then it’s your turn to ask questions, make observations and express opinions. It’s lunchtime, so please feel free to bring your lunch!
*Please note the room change. SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus is located at 515 West Hastings Street. Room 1415 is on the main floor to the left of the escalators.
SFU Harbour Centre is located at 515 W. Hastings St, and is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Bike stalls are available outside the main entrance. Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.
There are washrooms located on all floors of the building. Accessible, private bathrooms and gender-neutral washroom stalls are available on the first floor in the east corridor. All floors within the building are serviced by elevators.
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SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre
515 W Hastings St., Vancouver
We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.