Searching for our 2019 recipient of support

Do you know any start-up charities in Canada doing amazing work to create positive change? Please let them know about the opportunity to work with us in 2019!

The Project Change Foundation is on the lookout for our 2019 recipient of support. Founded in 2015, the Foundation invests time, money, and talent to help kick-start early-stage charities in Canada with significant potential for creating social or environmental change. The Foundation focuses on supporting emerging charities who think big, connect with community, engage and inspire, make a difference, and respect the planet.

The Foundation will provide an investment of $2,000, as well as free advisory support and mentorship, to help the recipient organization to achieve its goals. Drawing on the expertise of our board and our network of talented volunteers, we assist our grant recipients with strategic tasks such as fundraising, governance, human resources, marketing, communications, etc. Here’s what our past recipients had to say about working with us:

  • “Working with the Project Change Foundation was an all-around fantastic experience. The diverse skill-set of their Board gave us the ability to involve them in a variety of different projects. With their help, we were able to improve our organizational capacity and implement new practices to ultimately make us more efficient.”
    – Natasha Thom, Director of Operations, The Lipstick Project Foundation (2016 recipient of support)
  • “Project Change Foundation truly walks the walk. The financial support is always appreciated for small charities like ours, but above and beyond this, the support we received from the Board is what sets the foundation apart from other granting institutions. We are so grateful to have been a recipient.”
    – Emily-anne King, Vice President, Community First Foundation (2017 recipient of support)

Apply for Support

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for 2019. For consideration, organizations should submit an expression of interest no later than June 30, 2018. Please note, as a public foundation, we can only support qualified donees (e.g., other Canadian registered charities).

Support our Work

We invite you to support our work by making a donation to the Project Change Foundation. The Foundation is run by a volunteer board of directors, and is operated with almost no overhead. This means your donation will be invested directly in the organizations we support. As well, when you make a donation, you will receive an official tax receipt that is accepted by the Canada Revenue Agency.

To make a donation, please click here. Thank you for partnering with us to create positive change in our communities!

Introducing our 2018 recipient of support

In 2015, we started the Project Change Foundation with a simple mission: to help make the world a better place by supporting and empowering people who are creating positive change. In the last two years, the Foundation has given small grants and other support to emerging change-makers in our community. Previous recipients include The Lipstick Project and Community First Foundation.

At our gala event on November 21st, we introduced the Foundation’s 2018 recipient of support, Binners’ Project. Based in Vancouver, Binners’ Project is dedicated to improving the economic opportunities and reducing the stigma faced by informal recyclers salvaging usable materials from refuse bins. They truly embody our mission of making the world a better place by creating positive social change.

Binners’ Project offers waste education and sorting at events year-round (Photo by Robin Weidner)


The Project Change Foundation is a public foundation and registered charity that invests time and money in emerging Canadian change-makers. The Foundation acts as a catalyst, providing financial and free advisory support to help kick-start early-stage organizations with significant potential for creating social or environmental change in our communities. The Foundation is run by a volunteer board of directors, and is operated with almost no overhead. This means its funds are invested directly in the organizations we support.

If you would like to be added to the Project Change Foundation Talent Bank, from which we draw expert volunteers for our grant recipients to aid them with strategic tasks such as fundraising, accounting, governance, human resources, marketing, etc., please send me an email directly with some information about your skills on which we can draw. And please connect with me if you have ideas for how we can support the work of other change-makers and emerging leaders in our communities.


An evening in support of the Project Change Foundation

Living with purpose: Ideas for pursuing a life of meaning

Every day, people hunger for meaning and a deeper sense of purpose in their lives. But why? Where does this need come from, and what exactly does it mean to live a worthy life? Is it possible to find your own unique purpose? Do you need to stay true to it over a lifetime? Is chasing a life of meaning worth it?

Join us for an engaging panel discussion with four world-class thought leaders in human well-being and fulfillment as they explore these questions and more. Blending book smarts with street smarts, the panelists will engage in an insightful and entertaining one-hour conversation on how they understand, seek and find meaning in life — and how you might do the same.

After the discussion, join the panelists, members of Project Change Foundation, past and present PCF grant recipients, and other guests in the Wong-Trainor Welcome Centre for a reception, with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live music featuring the gypsy jazz ensemble Van Django, and a silent auction with amazing items!

Event Details

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Boulevard, UBC’s Point Grey campus

Tickets: $25 per person / $20 per student. Buy tickets here.

All money raised from this event will go to the Project Change Foundation to help support emerging change-makers who are working to make our community a better place. This year’s PCF grant recipient is Binners’ Project. Previous recipients: The Lipstick Project and Community First Foundation.

Panelist Biographies

Azim Jamal is the founder of Corporate Sufi Worldwide, a company dedicated to inspiring and empowering leaders to achieve material success, blended with a deep sense of purpose, passion and fulfillment. Azim is the author of several highly-acclaimed books including Seven Steps to Lasting Happiness & Business, Balance & Beyond. His co-authored book The Power of Giving won the Nautilus Gold Award for books that change lives. Through his books and media messages his inspiring message has reached over 5 million people.

Rev. Beth Hayward is Lead Minister at Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace, an inclusive, progressive and vibrant spiritual community in Vancouver. She works with a diverse community of people who seek to replace fear with hope, and being overwhelmed with a sense of grounding. Her life’s work is nurturing meaningful community where people can find reason to actualize hopes and dreams bigger than themselves.

Dr. John Helliwell is a Canadian economist and one of the leading minds investigating what makes us happy. From 2006 to 2017 he was a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and directed its program on Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being. Dr. Helliwell is based out of the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Officer of the Order of Canada.

Eyoälha Baker is an entrepreneur who sold her business eight years ago to travel the world with a camera, which gave rise to the “Jump for Joy” photo project, capturing “jumpers” who are creative, passionate, and working to make the world a better place. Her photography and articles about the importance of joy have been published internationally, and she has presented her work and experience of engaging communities through art and joy in talks such as TEDx, Interesting Vancouver, and PeaceLove.

Panel Discussion Moderator

Margaret Gallagher is the host of CBC Radio One’s Hot Air, CBC’s longest running radio program, and has been a regular part of The Early Edition since 2001. Margaret has won multiple awards, including three prestigious National RTDNA Dave Rogers Awards for Best Radio Feature, and a Jack Webster Award for Best Feature for “The Wayfaring Stranger: Lost and Found in Vancouver” (2015). Prior to joining the CBC, Margaret was active on the arts scene and worked as an editor, a freelance writer, and technical communicator. Actively involved in community outreach, Margaret has tirelessly donated her time and efforts to many Vancouver events.