When I turned 70 on November 21, 2017, people asked how I wanted to celebrate. Would I like to have a party, go on a trip or just mark the occasion with food, wine and cake? The question gave me pause. What could I do that would give more profound meaning to a major turning point in my life?
So, the idea for the Lulu Fund was born. Why Lulu? Well, many old friends and family know me as Lulu! And I like it, so, I decided to celebrate the big event by setting up the fund through the VanCity Community Foundation.
The Lulu Fundprovides small donations to Vancouver-based community arts and social justice organizations. In particular, the fund supports organizations or groups that focus on issues of marginality – community theatre, senior citizens, Indigenous and other youth, women’s equality and the environment.
Some of the organizations the Lulu Fundsupports include: 411 Seniors Centre, Vancouver Moving Theatre (community theatre based in the Downtown Eastside), Urban Native Youth Association, Pivot Legal Society, Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW), WISH Drop-in Centre, the Firehall Arts Centre and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
Today, as I near the beginning of my 71st year, I’m following up on the question of how I want to celebrate my entry into a new decade.
Since this is also the time of year when many people think about annual charitable donations, I’ve decided to invite you to celebrate with me by considering a contribution to the LuluFund. You would receive a tax receipt for donations of $20 or more. Here’s the link!
Donors contributing in 2018 will receive a tax receipt from the Lulu Fundfor this year. All donations will be added to the fund.The fund accumulates interest as it goes along, which will help to increase the total amount available for the donations the Lulu Fund will make in 2019 and beyond.
Thanks for considering the Lulu Fundas part of your 2018 charitable giving.
With love and hope for a more equitable future for all,
P.S. If you’d like to read more about the organizations the Lulu Fundsupports, here are some links to check out:
411 Seniors Centre www.411seniors.bc.ca
Vancouver Moving Theatre http://vancouvermovingtheatre.com/
Urban Native Youth Association https://unya.bc.ca
Pivot Legal Society http://pivotlegal.org/
Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) http://www.wavaw.ca
The Pacific Salmon Foundation https://.psf.ca
WISH Drop-in Centre wish-vancouver.net
The Firehall Arts Centre http://firehallartscentre.ca