Vancouver Foundation- Deed of Gift

Spring 1987. The news was filled with stories about Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev and Mulroney. There were passionate debates and protests over Nicaragua, the Meech Lake Accord, and the Berlin Wall where Reagan issued the famous line: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

At Simon Fraser University, a small group of students took it upon themselves to start their own independent newspaper to offer a fresh voice to students. It was a voice that supported individual liberty and a free economy. They called it "Liberté". Through the late 1980s, the paper was a focal point for the debates on campus that were a microcosm of the larger debates in our society about the role of the state in our lives.

Today's debates don't seem quite as passionate. But have they become any less important? Individual freedom everywhere is being curbed – slowly and surely. Government is getting bigger and more intrusive in every element of our society and economy. The tax burden and government debt are growing larger than ever. The nanny state has been surpassed by the spy state and our economy gets less competitive by the day as it's choked by regulation. We are inexorably traveling down the "Road to Serfdom".

Meanwhile, the voices for freedom are getting quieter.

It's time for us to step up again.

We are creating the Liberté Legacy Foundation for the next generation of students who will stand up for free enterprise and personal freedom. We need their voices to help us stop the erosion of personal freedoms and the creep of a growing state.

Our goal is to create a fund that will support a growing number of students at colleges and universities across the country who have shown a commitment to supporting free enterprise and individual liberty through their studies and their activism.

On August 28, 2014, the dream turned to reality when we signed the trust document establishing our endowment fund at the Vancouver Foundation:

The Liberte Legacy Foundation is one of 1,600 endowment funds held at Vancouver Foundation. With assets totaling $970 million, Vancouver Foundation is Canada’s largest community foundation. Each year, Vancouver Foundation and its donors make more than 5,300 grants, totaling approximately $50 million to registered charities across Canada. Since it was founded in 1943, Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with its donors, has distributed more than $1 billion to thousands of community projects and programs. Grant recipients range from social services to medical research groups, to organizations devoted to arts and culture, the environment, education, children and families, disability supports for employment, youth issues and animal welfare.

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