Richmond non-profit groups mull alliance

Two well-known local charities are exploring the possibility of forming an alliance.

The Richmond Community Foundation and Volunteer Richmond Information Services are studying how they can strengthen and enhance their effectiveness and impact in the community.

“Each of our organizations has its own identity and plays a unique role in the community. With this study, we are looking into how we could benefit from the sharing of resources, while still maintaining our autonomy,” said Elizabeth Specht, executive director of Volunteer Richmond.

Sylvia Gwozd, chair of the Richmond Community Foundation, agreed.

“This study is, in part, recognition that our roles in the community complement each other in a very meaningful way, and that each organization, by working together, could greatly further its mission.”

Liberty Quest Enterprises won the contract to lead the formal study, which is funded by a grant from the Vancouver Foundation.

The study will look at the opportunities and challenges posed by an alliance of this type based on input from both organizations and the community.

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