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An Open Letter to the Premier of British Columbia

The Honourable John Horgan, MLA
Premier of British Columbia
West Annex, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC 8V 1X4

 

Dear Premier,

We represent a partnership of over 200 philanthropists in Vancouver, focused on serving vulnerable children and youth. Over the last 19 years, we have provided nearly 70 non-profits with over $6 million in grants and approximately $18 million of in-kind support. This gives us a solid understanding of both the needs and capacity of a great many Vancouver-based organizations, and of the populations they serve.

We applaud the many measures your government has already taken to help those most affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently SVP Vancouver is collaborating with Vancity, the Vancouver Foundation, and others, and we expect to work with them closely in the coming weeks to direct funds to nonprofits serving communities with the most critical needs.

To ensure that effective support is provided to as many frontline organizations as possible, we would like to offer our assistance in quickly deploying funds to the non-profits best-equipped to serve the needs of the most vulnerable communities.

Over the past weeks we have surveyed the nonprofit sector and identified dozens of trusted organizations that are already serving youth facing homelessness and mental health challenges, those requiring food and basic goods, people with disabilities, and refugee and newly immigrated populations. We could help direct further provincial support to these organizations immediately to allow them to expand their reach.

We would welcome an opportunity to speak with you to discuss how immediate action can be taken with available provincial resources. Please let us know if we could schedule a call.

We look forward to hearing from you,

 

 

 

 

Kevin Moorhead
Executive Director
Social Venture Partners Vancouver

 

 

 

Ron Klopfer
Board Chair
Social Venture Partners Vancouver

 

cc:

Hon. Katrine Conroy, MLA
Minister of Children and Family Development

Allison Bond
Deputy Minister of Children and Family Development

Hon. Shane Simpson, MLA
Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

David Galbraith
Deputy Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Hon. Carole James, MLA
Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance

Lori Wanamaker
Deputy Minister of Finance