Behind every grant and scholarship, there’s a story. And at the Richmond Community Foundation, we believe that a story untold is an opportunity lost.

It’s not enough to simply mention that an organization received a grant for a particular project. It’s far more important to know why they applied for the grant, what they hoped to achieve, and the impact they ultimately made – things that can best be conveyed through a story.

Nor is it enough to provide a list of students who were awarded scholarships, because a list doesn’t speak to their individual hopes and dreams. For students, with their entire future ahead of them, hopes and dreams are so big and varied that only a story can bring them into focus.

What we mean to say is that stories matter. For an organization like ours, they offer deeper insight into the organizations and people we support, and in so doing, help to illuminate and better define the role of the Richmond Community Foundation.

So, yes, stories matter a great deal, which is why we’re going to tell as many of them as possible.

Richmond Children's Arts Festival 126 ARTISTIC VOICES
The arts are a medium of communication. Books, plays, paintings, music, dance – they’re all ways of telling a story. Children perhaps know this best, as it’s through art that many of them first find their voice. It’s something Debbie Tobin has observed first hand, as a teacher, and as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Children’s Arts Festival. In 2011, the Community Foundation provided the festival with a $10,000 grant to help cover the cost of artists and supplies. Debbie and her fellow organizers used the funding to stage a brilliant event, and then used the momentum to continue growing the festival to the point where, last year, it attracted 15,000 attendees. Volunteer writer Amanda Oye spoke with Debbie about the inspiration behind the festival, and why the arts are such a vital ingredient in the development of young minds. Read The Story


Jocelyn Kwong 126 RITE OF PASSAGE
Community Foundations of Canada recently launched its first ever national awareness campaign, using the slogan You Make Your Community. We think the entire campaign is an excellent idea, but we particularly like the message behind it. How do you shape your community, and how does it shape you? Then we thought, who better to answer this question than students? They’re the ones, after all, who will play the biggest role in shaping our community’s future. As it turns out, we have a list of students who we think will provide some pretty insightful responses: our 2014 scholarship recipients. First up is Jocelyn Kwong, and we were right: her response shows insight well beyond her years. Read The Story


The Richmond Food Bank’s Ageless Volunteerism Program is a success story we’re proud to share, and even prouder to have played a part in. When we first heard the idea – a program that bridges the generation gap by having seniors and students volunteer together – we knew we had to support it. And so in 2011, we did just that, providing the Food Bank with a $6,000 grant to help get the project off the ground. Since then, as volunteer writer Amanda Oye explains, the Ageless Volunteerism Program has not only had a positive impact on the community – it’s fostered a mini-community of its own. Read The Story


Back in 2012, the Richmond Poverty Response Committee received a $5,000 grant from the Richmond Community Foundation to assist with the development of Richmond Rental Connect, a citywide registry for low-income housing. Now completed, the registry is an indispensable educational and practical resource. As the Richmond Poverty Response Committee’s Benjamin Yong explains, the challenge ahead is ensuring that those who would benefit from the registry – and there are thousands – know where to find it. Read The Story.