Gen Squeeze pursues 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 mission and 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 research alliances, partners and 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.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has partnered with Generation Squeeze to lead a Solutions Lab titled: "Wealth and the Problem of Housing Inequity Across Generations." Gen Squeeze received $250,000 to facilitate this Lab, which was organized over 18 months, starting in March 2020, slowed down by the pandemic, and concluding in the fall of 2021. The Lab engaged over 60 industry, community and academic experts, including three working groups that focused on the role of monetary & lending policy, tax policy, and protective policy as factors influencing housing unaffordability. The funds for this Lab were provided from the National Housing Strategy (NHS) as part of its NHS Solutions Lab funding stream. While the CMHC generously funds the Lab, it accepts no responsibility for the views and ideas expressed by participants, including the Lab's lead organization, Generation Squeeze.
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, Ontario and Supreme Court of Canada 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!
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 $100,000 (2021) to our education and system-change activities related to housing and child care.
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.
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 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.
Donors give one-time or monthly to help advance the cause.
Donations generally range $25 to $3,500. We have recently received a very generous one-time donation of $50,000.
We expect to receive between $10,000 to $30,000 annually in Donor contributions, supporting the full range of our activities and operations.
Help us grow our force for intergenerational fairness to improve Canada's wellbeing. Become a Donor, 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 Vancity Credit Union, 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, and the Human Early Learning Partnership, which have their 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.