Where does the money come from?
Every penny of chapter bursaries come from fundraising efforts and donations of our Vancouver City Network chapter volunteers like you. We are not supported by grants, EWB national office, taxes, or an endowment fund. Our ability to invest in future chapter leaders and professional fellows relies on today's volunteers successful fundraising, through events, campaigns, or corporate relationship development. This is why bursaries are only available to Regular (dues-paying) members of the chapter. We have a finite pool of bursary money - remember that our events are worthwhile in themselves (many members of the public pay full price for conference and are delighted!), and another chapter member may need the support to attend. And we're always looking for fun ways to increase our fundraising capacity.
With this information, we expect chapter members to evaluate their own financial situations, and make an informed decision about accepting assistance from the chapter. The intent of this information is not to reduce the number of applicants for bursaries - that would be counter productive! We truly don't want finances to deter involvement! Rather, we only seek that all applicants have a basic understanding of our goals and an appreciation for where bursaries are funded from.