Endowments

An endowment granted by by the Real Estate Foundation of BC is a fund that earns interest income to support a project long-term, while the principal grants amount remains untouched.


British Columbia Institute of Technology

2009
$500,000

School of Construction and the Environment: Endowment for the Adoption of Green Value Strategies in Development

Capilano University

2000
$50,000

Victoria M. Troup Internship in Sustainability


City of Quesnel

2011
$9,000


City of Revelstoke

City of Terrace


Clear Sky Meditation & Study Foundation

2011
$3,000

Community Foundations of Canada

2013
$7,300


Community Futures Development Corporation of Fraser-Fort George

2012
$15,800

Beyond the Market: New Farm Initiative

From the fall of 2012 to spring 2014, the Beyond the Market initiative sought to increase the number of successful new farm entrants in the Highway 16 region from Valemount to Terrace by:

  • Developing agricultural training and internship programs;
  • Raising awareness of the region’s agricultural opportunities and challenges among potential farmers within and beyond the region;
  • Improving access to the region’s farmland.

There are already over one hundred farms in this region.


Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

2012
$40,000

Community Investment for Affordable Housing

Currently, BC does not have any vehicles for investing in "community-benefit" real estate development projects, such as affordable housing and non-profit childcare centres. In fact, in Greater Victoria, ethical investment advisors, credit unions and local investors cannot meet the demand among their clients for opportunities to invest locally.

PDF icon Community Investment Funds How-to Guide

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria 

2011
$25,000


Comox Valley Land Trust

2011
$165,000

Cowichan Green Community Society

2011
$10,000


Cowichan Valley Regional District

2013
$10,000

Custodians of the Peace Society

2012
$20,000


Douglas College

DreamRider Theatre

2010
$10,000


EcoDesign Resource Society


Ecotrust Canada 

2011
$60,000


Environmental Mining Education Foundation (now Fair Mining Collaborative)

2011
$50,000

Environmental Youth Alliance Society

2012
$25,090


Evergreen

2013
$10,000

Uncover Your Creeks

Uncover Your Creeks is a "citizen science" monitoring and restoration program that was offered in the watersheds of five municipalities – Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey – from April 2013 to March 2014.


FarmFolk CityFolk Society 


Fraser Basin Council

2011
$250,000

Smart Planning for BC Communities

Smart Planning for Communities was developed as a collaborative, BC-wide initiative to provide smaller, non-urban communities with practical supports to do Integrated Community Sustainability Planning. Since 2008 they have been helping communities make long-range plans for social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability.

The Real Estate Foundation awarded this grant to support the initiative’s continuing success. Between 2011 and 2013 the program:

Fraser Basin Council 

2011
$40,000


Fraser Valley Conservancy

2009
$17,450

Biodiversity Conservation in the Fraser Valley

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society

2012
$28,700

Educational Market Gardens

In March 2013, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society built and opened a schoolyard market garden at Vancouver Technical Secondary School. In June 2013, they opened their second market garden at David Thompson Secondary. These urban farms were the first of their kind in Canada – a unique land access model that worked in collaboration with the school board and the community.

The market gardens provide food for school cafeterias, outdoor learning opportunities for students and viable farming enterprises in the city.


Greater Vancouver Regional District

2013
$22,750


Green Bricks Education Society

2013
$50,000

Green Bricks Education Society 

2012
$10,000


Green Bricks Education Society 

2011
$10,000

Green Bricks Education Society 

2010
$20,000


Green Bricks Education Society 

2009
$27,000

Green Bricks is Educating for a Green Future

As the environment increasingly becomes a social concern, Green Bricks is empowering Grade 10 students across the province to integrate the principles of sustainability into their lives. From classroom presentations introducing topics of sustainable land use to discussions regarding policy change, Green Bricks aims to personalize the issues and provide students with practical tools to integrate sustainable practices into their daily lives. 

Groundbreakers Agricultural Association


Institute for Environmental Learning

2012
$7,100

International Centre for Sustainable Cities

2009
$8,310


Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver

2012
$10,000


Islands Trust 

2010
$30,700


Kamloops Naturalist Club

2012
$12,000

Kwantlen Polytechnic University


Lambda Alpha International

2011
$20,000


Light House Sustainable Building Centre Society

2013
$14,163

Light House Sustainable Building Centre Society 


Mid-Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society

2010
$10,000

Englishman River Watershed

Through a referendum in 2008, just 53% of voters in the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) voted in favour of studies being undertaken to understand the local water supply. Now, the entire regional district is benefitting from new research that highlights the critical role of groundwater in the lower Englishman River watershed.

Misty Isles Economic Development Society

2010
$5,000


Pacific Parklands Foundation

2009
$50,000

Natural Capital Review


Pembina Institute 

2011
$50,825


People for a Healthy Community on Gabriola Society


POLIS Foundation

2012
$13,026

State of the Water Movement Report

Freshwater sustainability is vital to healthy communities and natural environments, and is one of the Real Estate Foundation's grant program focus areas. In September 2012 we co-published a report with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria indicating that British Columbia could become a global leader in freshwater protection and sustainability.

PDF icon State of the Water Movement in BC


Ready to Rent BC Association


Real Estate Council of BC

2009
$100,000

Real Estate Foundation of BC

2010
$10,000


Real Estate Institute of BC


Regional District of Kootenay Boundary

2010
$25,000

Regional District of North Okanagan

2012
$76,400

Managing Growth in the North Okanagan

During 2012 and 2013, the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) developed a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation program to track progress on its 2011 regional growth strategy. The initial program established a baseline of information and will help identify actions that may contribute to a more sustainable region.

PDF icon Monitoring & Evaluation Program
PDF icon Monitoring & Evaluation Report
PDF icon Quality of Life Survey Comments


Richmond Food Security Society

2012
$31,000


Selkirk College

2012
$50,000

The State of the Columbia Basin Boundary Region

In 2012 the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Selkirk College assumed responsibility for the State of the Basin monitoring program, piloted by Columbia Basin Trust in 2008 to provide information on the region's economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being.

In taking on State of the Basin monitoring and reporting, the RDI sought to improve the program by:


Shifting Growth Garden Society


Simon Fraser University

2009
$40,000

Simon Fraser University 

2009
$50,000

Endowment Fund in Memory of P. Dermot Murphy


Simon Fraser University 

2006
$400,000

SFU Surrey, specifically Urban Studies Program initiatives to benefit Fraser Valley communities

Simon Fraser University 

1994
$300,000

Simon Fraser University 

Simon Fraser University 

1990
$350,000

Gerontology Research Centre: Real Estate Foundation Fund for Housing and Community Environments for the Elderly


Simon Fraser University 

1988
$250,000

Gerontology Research Centre: Real Estate Foundation Fund for Housing and Community Environments for the Elderly

Simon Fraser University Adaptation to Climate Change Team

2009
$25,000


Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue

2009
$20,000

Planning Cities as if Food Matters

North American society is at a stage when we are being challenged to blur the edges of urban jungle and rural landscape. Farmlands are disappearing while cities continue to expand. At the same time, food security is a growing concern and there is an increasing demand for locally grown food as a result of worldwide food shortages, increasing costs of transportation, rising food prices, rapid seafood depletion, and use of fertilizers and pesticides.

Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition


Stewardship Centre for British Columbia Society

2012
$24,045

Green Shores Coastal Development Rating System

Green Shores is a program that supports alternatives to traditional “hard” shoreline treatments (e.g. retaining walls). It provides resources for “soft” shore designs that preserve the integrity of coastal processes, maintain or enhance habitat and minimize water pollution.

PDF icon Green Shores Coastal Development Rating System Demonstration & Training Project Summary

Stewardship Centre for British Columbia Society 

2011
$2,000


Stewardship Centre for British Columbia Society 

2011
$7,500

Species at Risk Primer for BC

This Real Estate Foundation grant helped the Stewardship Centre for British Columbia Society to update and develop a new section of Species at Risk: A Primer for Local Governments. Five new Stewardship Practices Guides were incorporated into the resource.

PDF icon Species at Risk & Local Governments Final Report

Stream of Dreams Murals Society

2012
$3,000

Mapping Where We Live

The 2012 BC Water Sustainability Endowment Fund grant was awarded to Stream of Dreams Murals Society for "Mapping Where We Live," a project they undertook in collaboration with Byrne Creek Streamkeepers and Byrne Creek Secondary students in southeast Burnaby's Byrne Creek watershed.

PDF icon Byrne Creek Project Info Panel


Surge Narrows Community Association

2012
$32,000

Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping Project

In the past, there was a lack of scientific data to support development and land management decisions in the remote, rural Discovery Islands and nearby mainland inlets of BC's Discovery Passage.

So, in 2012, Surge Narrows Community Association spearheaded the Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping Project (DIEM) to identify, map and analyze data on ecosystems, water resources and enduring natural features.

Sustainable Cities Foundation


Thompson Rivers University


Tides Canada Initiatives Society

2012
$19,540

Sacred Headwaters Ecosystem Valuation Pilot Project

This project was the initial phase of a program to assess the value of ecosystem services in the Skeena, Nass and Stikine watersheds: the Sacred Headwaters region, which is the proposed site for several industrial projects.

Ecosystem services are the benefits people receive from natural ecological systems – providing, regulating and supporting essential "products" such as oxygen, clean water and healthy soils.  

PDF icon Skeena Watershed Ecosystem Valuation Project Plan

Tides Canada Initiatives Society 

2012
$25,000

The Smart Farm Project

The Smart Farm Project, based on the Sunshine Coast, explored whether increased density on small lots outside of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) could rally landowners to provide affordable housing for a younger generation of farmers.

The project consisted of research, community outreach and recruitment of volunteers and properties for four case studies.

The project involved 250 participants. It produced:


Tides Canada Initiatives Society 

2009
$20,000

Tyee Solutions Society

2012
$49,500

Affordable Housing Solutions for Greater Vancouver and BC

During 2013, the Tyee Solutions Society produced a year of full-time reporting and public engagement on affordable housing in the Lower Mainland. Drawing on issues and initiatives in Vancouver Victoria, New Westminster, Toronto and San Francisco, the project presented possible housing solutions for greater Vancouver and other BC communities.


UBC Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning

2013
$70,000

Envisioning Climate Change in Kimberley

*This Project Spotlight article is about a 2008 project funded by the Foundation.

Nowadays, we often hear predictions about the effects of our choices on the environment. Climate change is a topic surrounded by its fair share of speculation and it can be difficult to determine what “climate change” means to you and the place you live.

UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture

2012
$13,500


UBC School of Environmental Health

2010
$20,000


University of British Columbia

2007
$250,000

BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability

University of British Columbia 

1991
$400,000

Chair in Computer Integrated Design and Construction


University of British Columbia 

1990
$300,000

School of Community and Regional Planning: Programme in Real Property Development and Planning

University of British Columbia 

1990
$250,000

Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration - now Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division

Real Estate Foundation Urban Land Economics Collection (library)


University of British Columbia 

1990
$275,000

Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration - now Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division

Bureau of Asset Management

University of British Columbia 

1989
$250,000

Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration - now Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division

Real Estate Foundation Professorships: Finance and Urban Land Economics


University of British Columbia 

1988
$500,000

University of British Columbia 

1988
$100,000

Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration - now Sauder School of Business, Real Estate Division

Real Estate Scholars and Fellows Fund


University of Northern British Columbia

1996
$700,000

The Northern Land Use Institute


University of Victoria

2003
$100,000

Professorship for Aboriginal Justice and Governance

University of Victoria 

1995
$512,000

Chair in Environmental Law and Policy


Urban Land Institute British Columbia

2012
$10,000

Vancouver Island University

2007
$250,000

BC Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development


West Coast Environmental Law

2010
$33,000


Wildsight

2013
$20,000

Wildsight 

2011
$18,000

Kootenay Lake Stewardship

The Friends of Kootenay Lake project was developed based on the successes of Wildsight’s Lake Windermere Ambassadors program, which has been well regarded for its innovative approaches to complex water stewardship and community engagement challenges.


Wildsight 

2010
$10,000

Wildsight 

2009
$16,000

Lake Windermere Project: International Example of Water Stewardship


Your Local Farmers Market Society