Alma Lee Legacy Fund

Create a literary legacy. Make your donation to the Alma Lee Legacy Fund.

We are seeking support from everyone who cares about writing, reading and creating a literate society. Here is a list of Alma Lee Legacy donors. The fund has now grown to more than $913,888 and we continue to accept gifts earmarked for the fund. Thank you to all of our generous donors!  Thank you to Vancouver Foundation, the BC Renaissance Fund and Canadian Heritage for supporting the Alma Lee Legacy Fund.

Why does the Writers Fest need an endowment?

The Vancouver Writers Fest needs the growing resources, flexibility, and financial stability that only an endowment can provide. Gifts to the Alma Lee Legacy Fund will be held in perpetuity, and the interest generated will be an annual source of support for the Festival, forever.

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– Alma Lee –


“Alma is a builder who didn’t just adopt someone else’s idea, but created something that others now emulate. She believes that stories are essential for people to understand and enjoy life to the fullest, and is determined that young people be given the opportunity to bring stories into their lives.”

– Hal Wake, Artistic Director

Your gift to the Alma Lee Legacy Fund will encourage

Expanded artistic vision

Annual revenue from the endowment allows us to expand programming at the Vancouver Writers Fest and year round at special events, and enhance our education programs for young people.


The endowment allows us to bring authors we know audiences will love, even if they are not on tour. We have the financial flexibility to broaden our programming, attract writers of prominent stature and respond to our audience’s interests like never before.


By having a permanent endowment, the Festival enjoys a new level of financial stability on which we can confidently plan our future.

A literate future

Spreading the Word, our education program for grades K-12, creates a passion for reading, writing and learning among BC students each year. The program puts writers in residence into schools in small BC communities, brings young people to the Festival and sends writers into classrooms in the Lower Mainland. The Alma Lee Legacy Fund ensures that we can enhance and deliver these important programs to create a more literate future.

How to give

Donate to the Alma Lee Legacy Fund by using the Vancouver Foundation's secure online form or mail your cheque, payable to Vancouver Foundation (please indicate that it is for the Alma Lee Legacy Fund).

Vancouver Writers Fest
202-1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8

Stocks and Bequests

In addition to the abovementioned giving opportunities the Vancouver Writers Fest accepts donations of publicly traded securities and bequests. Capital gains taxes have been eliminated on direct donations of publicly traded securities to registered charities. This means that donating appreciated securities will save you substantially more in taxes than giving the equivalent in cash.

Please contact Ann McDonell, Director of Marketing & Development, via email, or by phone at 604 681 6330 ext.104 to discuss these options.

Charitable registration #: 12260 5678 RR0001
The Alma Lee Legacy Fund is administered by the Vancouver Foundation.