When Kevin McCort joined Vancouver Foundation as its president and CEO in 2013, the grantmaker never expected it would jump-start an eight-figure emergency granting process for local charities in a matter of days. “It just wasn’t part of the foundation’s vision of itself,” says president and CEO Kevin McCort.
McCort is a 25-year veteran of the international humanitarian sector, including a six-year stint as the president and CEO of CARE Canada. The concept of disaster philanthropy was very familiar to him. Vancouver Foundation began responding to local emergencies such as the B.C. forest fires and the opioid crisis during his tenure, yet running an emergency aid program for local charities during a global pandemic was a completely new challenge. Within 10 days of the first public health restrictions, Vancouver Foundation had launched a $2.5 million fund. After four m
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