2023 Impact Report
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT & CEO
When we asked you to go Beyond Belief with us this past fall, in the most ambitious and comprehensive health campaign in B.C. history, not only did you respond wholeheartedly, you inspired a movement.
More than 83,000 of you from across the province rallied your communities, fundraised, gave and activated your networks to make a difference. This culminated in an incredible 270,000 donations — almost 20,000 more than last year — and yet another banner year for the BC Cancer Foundation with a total revenue of $76.3 million before the government grant.
Your commitment to advancing cancer care in our province is contagious. As evidenced by an unprecedented $150 million grant — a key component of B.C.’s cancer action plan — the provincial government has shown it shares your faith in our work supporting BC Cancer.
With your help, we can leverage this investment even further to recruit and retain the world’s leading minds, who consistently choose BC Cancer as the best place to perform their life-saving work. And catalyze even more innovative research and care in every corner of the province.
In this report, you’ll read about just a few of the people and programs you’ve helped fuel over the past year — the BC Cancer clinicians whose clinical trials are changing the face of cancer care and the incredible advancements in immunotherapy and genomics.
As well, you’ll find your own philanthropy reflected in the stories about other generous donors who are moving the dial in detection and prevention, hard-to-treat cancers and in increasing access in underserved populations.
In my role at the Foundation, I see the impact your gifts have every day. I meet the experts whose progress is powered by your support, and the families who are so grateful to benefit from this work. I hope the following pages provide you with a small glimpse into the privilege it is to be your trusted partner in advancing cancer care in B.C., and the enormity of what your generosity has made possible.
As we look back at all we’ve accomplished, I truly believe the best is yet to come. Incredible advances are just around the corner, and with demand for cancer services continuing to increase drastically over the next decade, we need to activate this progress now to ensure we’re ready to meet these needs in the future.
President & CEO,
BC Cancer Foundation
MESSAGE FROM BOARD CHAIR
BC Cancer Foundation continues to move from strength to strength. This year, following a record-setting 2022, we launched the historic Beyond Belief campaign. As always, your response was nothing less than transformative.
We are thrilled to report on the impact your generosity has enabled. On the advances in innovation, expertise and care, and in increasing access to supportive care services to treat the mental health side effects of cancer. Thanks to you, BC Cancer – Vancouver now has a new dedicated space to offer this life-saving support, which will act as a model for other centres across the province.
Community investment in BC Cancer Foundation has not gone unnoticed — as demonstrated by the recent unprecedented grant from the provincial government. This sends a strong and unmistakable message that our donor community, and the research and innovations to care that your philanthropy makes possible, will be a driving force for the future of cancer control in B.C.
On a personal note, a highlight of this year for me was my family’s $5 million gift to help fulfill the dream of BC Cancer – Burnaby. You can read more about what this incredible progress means to my family and our community further down in this report, and I hope our investment inspires you to enthusiastically support BC Cancer Foundation in your own communities.
As BC Cancer expands services with new regional centres across the province, it will be this “care closer to home” that will deliver the capacity that is so needed — both right now, and for generations to come.
As I begin my final year as Board Chair, I am as honoured and inspired as ever to be, alongside all of you, a part of the solution. From all of us on the Foundation board, thank you for your unwavering support.
BC Cancer Foundation
April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023
As the fundraising partner of BC Cancer and the largest funder of cancer research and innovation in the province, the BC Cancer Foundation, along with you, our community of donors, have gone further than ever before to activate BC Cancer experts, advance the frontier of possibility, and broaden access to care for every British Columbian.
Not only did we raise $76.3 million this year, our work and impact has garnered unprecedented trust from the provincial government in the form of a $150 million grant. These funds will spark new breakthroughs and expand the reach of cancer care in B.C. This success is the result of shared effort and belief — and none of it would have been possible without you.
Fundraising: $56.2 million – represents all donations received as a result of annual fundraising programs, major gifts and bequests.
Investment and Other Income: $12.9 million – includes interest, dividends and realized gains on investments.
Charitable Events: $7.3 million – represents revenues generated primarily from mass participation events.
Government Grants: $150 million
*The financial highlights on this page are based on BC Cancer Foundation’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023
WE ARE GOING BEYOND BELIEF
Last September, we launched Beyond Belief, the most ambitious and comprehensive health fundraising campaign in the history of the province to support cancer research and innovation, access to care, and the BC Cancer experts who are making it happen.
Our goal was to raise $500 million with your generosity funding research, equipment and care in every corner of the province.
Beyond Belief means going beyond what anyone thought possible as we build a world, if not free from cancer, one that is free from the fear of cancer. Thank you for joining us on the journey to get there.
A future free from cancer is built on the breakthroughs in care and treatment that we invest in today. With your help, we’re making exciting strides toward that future.
Hager Family Donates Largest Gift Ever to Pancreatic Cancer Research
Precision Treatment Leaps Forward
Donor-Funded Innovation Saves Lives
Donors are Building the Future of Immunotherapy
Donor support helps us accelerate access to vital care to every corner of the province so that people can receive the treatment they need, closer to home. Your support takes laboratory discovery straight to those who need it most.
Fuelling hope for Hereditary Cancer
BC Cancer – Burnaby: A 50-Year Vision Becomes a Reality
Cutting-Edge Care Comes Closer to Home
Accessible Care Everywhere in B.C.
The World’s Best Activated
BC Cancer experts are some of the best minds in global cancer research and innovation. Their work has changed the face of cancer care both here and abroad. And it’s all thanks to you.
Leaders Creating Leaders
Kelowna at the Leading Edge of Cancer Research
Promising New Treatment for Rare Ovarian Cancer
Your dedication has given us another banner year of fundraising and impact. This is what drives us to keep going. Beyond limits, beyond what anyone though possible, beyond belief.
These highlights from last year are just a sample of all that we accomplished together through shared vision and determination.
On behalf of the BC Cancer Foundation, thank you for your vital role in this community.