November 12, 2011

How to Donate

1988: Then-Premier Bill Vander Zalm (middle) helps the Kids Fund push that year with Sun reporter Gillian Shaw (second from left) and columnist Shelley Fralic (second from right)

The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund is a registered, non-profit charity that has helped disadvantaged children in B.C. communities since 1981. We carry on that tradition today, sharing stories in print and online about the needs of abused, disadvantaged and disabled children, not only to raise awareness but also to raise money.

Your donation, along with interest earned from our trust and endowment funds, enables The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund to provide grants for projects serving children and youth.

Pacific Newspaper Group, which publishes The Vancouver Sun, absorbs all administration costs, so every penny you give goes to the children and youth of B.C. Our board of directors works diligently to ensure your donations make a real difference for British Columbians and the programs that help them.
In the three decades since the launch of The Children’s Fund, readers have donated close to $11 million. A portion of that money, $2.5 million, is in an untouchable endowment fund, and The Children’s Fund uses interest generated by that nest egg to issue twice-yearly grants to more than 900 B.C. children’s charities. To date, the fund has granted $6.8 million to children’s charities across the province, and has also issued large cheques to kick-start long-standing projects like the Canuck Place hospice and the KidSafe program for at-risk inner-city kids in Vancouver.

ADOPT-A-SCHOOL

Our latest project is Adopt-a-School, an initiative that grew out of a Sun story published this fall detailing the plea of an inner-city school teacher who wanted people to know that her elementary students were desperately in need of basic essentials: warm clothing, coats, socks and shoes and nutritious snacks. The story produced an outpouring of help from readers, and the fund hopes to harness that generosity and direct it to other inner-city schools in B.C.

Every dollar raised in the campaign will be matched by The Children’s Fund. Donations, which are tax deductible, can be directed to the endowment fund or to the grant fund for our Adopt-a-School project.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we are asked most often:

Are donations tax deductible?
Donations, which are tax deductible, can be directed to The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund endowment or to the grant fund for our Adopt-a-School project.

How can I donate?
To donate by mail, click the donation form image below, print the PDF, fill in your details and mail it in. We accept Visa, MasterCard, or a cheque or money order payable to The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Society. Mail to: The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Society, Suite 1 — 200 Granville St., Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3N3
To donate online, simply click the link below then scroll down to the donation form.


Can I give a gift of securities?
Yes. We appreciate your gift of publicly traded securities (stocks, income trust units, bonds, mutual fund units), which may be exempt from capital gains tax. For more information, contact Adopt-a-School coordinator Kathy Anderson at 604-605-2654.

Can I leave a legacy gift that will help children in need?
You can make a bequest in your will, directing a gift to The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund and you can specify particular areas or projects where you would like to see it directed. Contact Rose Isla, whose contact information is above, for more information on including The Children’s Fund and Adopt-a-School in your estate planning.

Can I donate clothing or other items that might be needed?
Our Adopt-a-School project not only collects money, it is a conduit so readers can immediately donate goods such as coats, shoes and gloves directly to schools and students who need them most. For information on how to donate new items, email adoptaschool@vancouversun.com or call Adopt-a-School coordinator Kathy Anderson at 604-605-2654.

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