Open Licensing Policy for Vancouver Foundation.

In 2015, I proposed leading a project designed to improve how the non-profit sector shares knowledge with each other, and with other non-profits and charities. (Read Kevin McCort's announcement here.)

We hoped to improve transparency about our policies and practices, to share resources among our own peers (a network of over 191 community foundations across Canada), and to create opportunities for Vancouver Foundation's grant applicants and the public to explore the results of our funding.

Our key concerns were to avoid becoming a barrier to grant applicants, to ensure the policy addressed Canadian and Indigenous contexts and rights, and to maintain the trust and privacy of newcomer, and refugee communities, and youth that we work with.

In partnership with facilitator and consultant, Trina Isakson, we conducted robust internal and stakeholder engagement, designed the first Open Licensing Policy for community foundations in the world, and launched it ahead of our first granting stream in 2017.



As project lead, I conducted all project communications, content writing and development, and design for the Vancouver Foundation open licensing policy. I engaged with internal staff, external stakeholders, and the public, by coordinating key volunteers, grantees, stakeholder groups, subject matter experts. I also trained staff, built new peer networks, and supported grant applicants through year one of the policy launch.

To support this policy, Trina and I ensured we launched it with external and internal stakeholder engagement approval and buy-in, and designed and produced a series of Open Licensing Resources.

Last, I ensured that all past and future Vancouver Foundation publications were appropriately licensed, and that staff understood how to approach discussions about licensing for all future creative projects, online and in print.



  • Vancouver Foundation

  • January, 2017