Gen Squeeze is on a march toward 100 per cent financial self-sufficiency, funded by individual Members.
En route, we’re pursuing a diversity of funding opportunities that allow us to maintain strict standards of independence, compensate our staff and contractors with fair, professional wages that reflect the growing squeeze on young people, and demonstrate our commitment to building shared understanding and common ground.
In 2018, Generation Squeeze was awarded Transparify's highest rating — 5 stars — for our funding transparency.
Standards of Independence
- Gen Squeeze accepts funding from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities. Our research, policy and advocacy judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
- Research, policy and advocacy judgements, in furtherance of our vision, are guided by (a) our understanding of the best-available evidence, as synthesized through the work of the Gen Squeeze Lab, currently coordinated by Dr. Paul Kershaw, a tenured Professor whose salary is paid for by the University of British Columbia, as well as (b) the expertise and interest of our network of volunteers.
- Commercial interests do not provide any funding for the Gen Squeeze Lab.
- Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We’re proud to receive financial and in-kind support from a diverse mix of individual donors and Members, academic, philanthropic and private sector funders and event sponsors as we pursue our vision of a Canada that works for all generations.
West Coast Environmental Law Association harnesses the power of law to solve complex environmental challenges. They are transforming environmental decision-making and strengthening legal protection for the environment through collaborative legal strategies that bridge Indigenous and Canadian law. West Coast also manages the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund ("EDRF"), which provides grants to British Columbians who have organized to protect their communities and their environment — but who need some legal help.
Gen Squeeze has received $29,239 in grants from the EDRF (2018/2019) to help develop and implement a legal strategy for interventions in the Saskatchewan and Ontario reference cases regarding the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. Generation Squeeze is strongly in favour of pricing pollution.
We’re proud to receive support from the EDRF! If you need legal assistance on an environmental issue in British Columbia, check out the EDRF page here.
Ratcliff & Company is the largest law firm on Vancouver's North Shore, and provides a full range of legal services to clients in the local community, throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond. A significant percentage of the firm specializes in aboriginal law, serving First Nations governments, organizations and tribal councils throughout the province.
Ratcliff & Company's contribution to our work is in the form of thousands of dollars of discounted and pro-bono legal services provided to Generation Squeeze — and our broader Intergenerational Climate Coalition — to help fight climate discrimination in court.
The services are being provided by Ratcliff & Company lawyers Nathan Hume and Emma Hume, and we couldn't be more grateful for them lending their talent, time and support. 💖
We’re proud to have the support of Ratcliff & Company! If you need a legal opinion, advice or require comprehensive legal representation in the areas of aboriginal law, personal injury, wills and estates, powers of attorney, real estate, employment, labour and human rights law, and business law, you should check them out!
Helder Ventures strives to provide additional, impactful resources to social ventures. Their end goal is to grow both the social venture start-up community and the impact investing community in Vancouver, Canada.
Helder Ventures is contributing $35,000 to a year-long (2018/2019) digital marketing pilot project to help us recruit new individual Members and to gather data on the potential for digital advertising to help Gen Squeeze become 100% financially self-sufficient.
We’re proud to have the support of Helder Ventures! We encourage you to check out their other projects.
Covault Technologies is a Victoria-based advertising technology firm focused on helping brands and retailers maximize their co-op advertising dollars. Covault is helping Gen Squeeze maximize our digital advertising dollars — kindly being contributed by Helder Ventures (another GS Funding Partner) so that we can grow our base of Members! Gen Squeeze met Covault while we were both desking it at Victoria's Watershed co-working space.
Covault's contribution to our work is in the form of discounted marketing services and technology. 💖
We’re proud to have the support of Covault! If you're a brand or retailer looking to streamline and maximize your co-op marketing projects and dollars, you should check them out!
Wesgroup is one of Western Canada’s largest private real estate developers.
Wesgroup is currently contributing $25,000 to our #CodeRed housing affordability campaign and core operations (2019).
We first engaged with Wesgroup both in the lead up and during our 2016 Building Housing Common Ground event, of which came ten common ground principles for tackling the #CodeRed housing crisis. While each participant helped shape all ten principles, it’s fair to say Wesgroup and Gen Squeeze share particular interest in:
- Principle 4: “Level the Playing Field Between Renters and Owners,” especially as it concerns the incentivization of more purpose-built rental.
- Principle 7: “Encourage Density, Diversity and Efficiency” to help improve young people’s access to a range of suitable housing options.
- Principle 10: “Mobilize Younger Generations” to ensure young people’s voices are heard and reflected in municipal, provincial, and federal housing decisions.
We’re proud to have the support of Wesgroup! We encourage you to check them out.
LandlordBC is a professional association for landlords throughout British Columbia, striving “to balance the landlord’s rights to operate in a free market with the tenants’ rights to access safe, stable housing, as one unified, respected voice for the rental housing industry."
Landlord BC is currently contributing $12,000 to support our #CodeRed campaign (2019).
Our engagement with LandlordBC began soon after the launch of our #CodeRed affordability campaign. They endorsed our foundational principle of Homes First, and sponsored and participated in our 2016 Building Housing Common Ground event, of which came ten additional, common ground principles for tackling the #CodeRed housing crisis. While each participant helped shape all ten principles, LandlordBC and Gen Squeeze share particular interest in:
- Principle 4: “Level the Playing Field Between Renters and Owners,” especially as it pertains to incentivizing more purpose-built rental and changing the cultural perception of renters.
- Principle 6: “Channel Private Investment to Public Benefit,” especially as it concerns the incentivisation of more purpose-built rental.
- Principle 8: “Revise Tax Policy”, e.g. our mutual support for Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax.
- Principle 10: “Mobilize Younger Generations” to ensure young people’s voices are heard and reflected in municipal, provincial and federal housing decisions.
We’re proud to have the support of LandlordBC! If you’re a landlord in British Columbia, we encourage you to consider participating in their Landlord Registry, designed to assist renters in identifying knowledgeable landlords who are committed to providing safe, secure, and sustainable rental housing.
The Vancouver Foundation is Canada's largest community foundation, working throughout British Columbia to harness the gifts of ideas, money, time, and energy to build healthy, vibrant, livable communities.
Vancouver Foundation has supported us since our inception, and is currently contributing $75,000 (2019) to our #CodeRed affordability campaign and core operations.
We’re proud to have the support of the Vancouver Foundation, and we’d like you to consider supporting them! Learn about the many ways you can make a gift, here.
Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative, and the largest credit union in Canada. Their vision is to redefine wealth in a way that furthers the financial, social, and environmental well-being of their members and communities.
Vancity Credit Union is currently contributing $100,000 to help advance our #CodeRed housing affordability campaign, including educational activities targeting Vancity employees and members (2018/2019).
Previously, Vancity provided multi-year support for our Perks program. 💖
Avalon Accounting provides online accounting for entrepreneurs — including entrepreneurial non-profits like Generation Squeeze! We used to work five feet from them at Victoria's Watershed co-working space, but they've outgrown those digs and are now a pretty big deal 🚀
Not only does Avalon make our own bookkeeping an absolute breeze, they're also monthly donors to Generation Squeeze, chipping in $50/month. 💖
If you're looking for some stress-free accounting, you should check them out.
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Gen Squeeze Members and Donors are diverse mix of younger, squeezed Canadians, concerned parents and grandparents, and people of all ages and backgrounds who support our specific campaigns and/or share our vision of a Canada that works for all generations.
Members are individuals who have signed up for our pay-what-you-can monthly Membership, to help advance the cause and gain access to exclusive Perks, invitations to special events, Gen Squeeze swag, and more.
Donors are individuals who have made a one-time contribution to our work, which in 2018 ranged from $25 to $3,500.
We expect to receive approximately $35,000 in Membership and Donor contributions through 2019, supporting the full range of our activities and operations.
Help us amplify the voice of young Canadians in politics and the marketplace. Become a Member, today!
Every year Gen Squeeze hosts events to bring together our community, and to raise awareness about key issues related to the time, money, service, and environmental squeeze faced by millions of younger Canadians. These events have been supported by a range of funding partners, including Kawkab Jamal and Associates, Edge Benefits, Manulife Bank, Metro Vancouver Regional District, LandlordBC, Watershed Partners, and the North Shore Community Resources Society.
Academic funding to support the work of the Gen Squeeze Lab comes in two main forms: (1) academic grants from e.g. the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and (2) from time allocated by Dr. Paul Kershaw as part of his research, teaching and community engagement responsibilities as a tenured professor at the University of British Columbia.
Our current academic funding is in the form of:
- Time allocated by Dr. Paul Kershaw as part of his research, teaching and community engagement responsibilities as a tenured professor at the University of British Columbia.
- Some of Dr. Kershaw's time is allocated to his participation, and through him Gen Squeeze's participation, in UBC's Housing Research Collaborative, which is a separate initiative with its own funding streams.
- A grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($84,692 through March 31 2021), to support our "Budgeting for All Generations" research into age distributions in Canadian public finance.