Vancouver Foundation’s Niveria Oliveira named 2017 Community Philanthropy Fellow

In 2015 we announced the launch of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship Program, a joint initiative of the Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada. The program offers community foundation professionals a sabbatical time where the Fellow can build knowledge, enhance leadership skills, strengthen their organization, and advance the community philanthropy movement.

Today we are delighted to announce that Niveria Oliveira, Manager, Grants & Community Initiatives with Vancouver Foundation has been awarded the 2017 Community Philanthropy Fellowship.

Niveria Oliveira supports grantmaking at Vancouver Foundation where she has worked for the last nine years. In addition to granting, Niveria has worked with her peers in Donor Services to establish Giving Well, a donor’ circle that supports projects related to young girls and women issues and connects nonprofit leaders with women in philanthropy.

Besides participating in every Run for Fun, Terry Fox Run and Heart and Stroke door to door canvassing opportunity in her elementary school years, Niveria began working in the nonprofit sector with Surrey Social Futures, a community development and social planning agency, where she knocked on doors to generate interest in the newly formed Whalley Community Business Improvement Association. She has also worked for a number of other organizations including West Coast LEAF, a legal education and law reform organization, managing their public legal education programs for across British Columbia. Niveria is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and completed her Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo with a focus on newcomers’ inclusion.

As the 2017 Community Philanthropy Fellow, Niveria will engage in a range of personal professional development activities throughout the year that align with the program’s goals to:

  • Advance the field and practice of community and place-based philanthropy in Canada;
  • Strengthen and enhance the community foundation movement; and
  • Foster and encourage the professional development of community foundation leaders in their organizations, communities and the community foundation movement.

A core component of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship is the sabbatical project that allows the Fellow to step away from their day-to-day responsibilities to undertake a deeper exploration of an issue or challenge. For her sabbatical project, Niveria will be exploring how foundations can engage a broad diversity of voices in their work towards meaningful community and place-based impact while also disrupting the inequities that traditional philanthropy may uphold.  Specifically, she’ll be working on understanding how the community foundation movement might be able to improve how it works with beneficiaries and benefactors to co-design and co-learn about creating and sustaining meaningful impact in communities.