Donate to Carnegie Centre

In 1901 American steel magnate Andrew Carnegie agreed to donate $50,000 to build a public library if the City would provide free land, and $5,000 annually to support its operation.

Today, donations continue to play an important role for Carnegie Community Centre. Our programs rely on donations, funding, and grants.

Donate money

All donations of $20 or more are issued a charitable donation tax receipt. If you provide a mailing address, a tax receipt will be mailed to you. 


Donate online via PayPal here:



By cheque

If you want, attach a note or write in the memo area of your cheque which program or program area you want to receive the support. Make your cheque payable to:

Carnegie Community Centre Association,

401 Main Street,
Vancouver, BC V6A 2T7

Donate goods and services

Supplies needed in our programs

Phone us first to confirm what is needed at 604-665-2274, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Carnegie often needs:

  • New or gently-used musical instruments and supplies, especially guitars
  • Free passes / tickets or discounts for trips out.
  • Eye glasses for seniors. Eye exams and glasses are not covered by MSP for Seniors receiving Canada Pension Plan, Disability, or Old Age Security.
  • Bingo prizes for our Free Bingo for Seniors. They have requested dish scrub pads, packs of Kleenex, dishwashing soap, Tupperware, razors, tea towels, mittens, toques, coffee/travel mugs, set of drinking glasses.
  • Office supplies (1" binders, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, 8 ½” x 11” paper) for the Learning Centre
  • Gently-used books and magazines
  • Coffee
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Leather, beads, sinew, needles, punches for the Cultural Sharing Group

Volunteer appreciation

We do a lot to show our volunteers we care and appreciate their contributions, but wish we could do more.

Here are some ideas for how you can help:

  • Performing artists: Donate your time to perform for our volunteers at one of our monthly volunteer appreciation dinners.
  • Business owners and managers: Offer free or discounted admission to day-trip destinations or events, museums, theatres, movies, or sporting events.
  • Manufacturers: Offer us a deal on buying several dozen reasonably priced items that we could give our volunteers as gifts at Christmas, or during volunteer appreciation week.

History of Carnegie Centre

Carnegie Centre 1903

Since the Carnegie Centre cornerstone was laid by the Grand Lodge of the Masonic Order on March 29, 1902, the building has been home to the:

  • City Main library branch
  • City Museum
  • Carnegie Community Centre 

Carnegie Community Centre Association

The Carnegie Community Centre Association:

  • Raises funds for programs
  • Advises the centre's director
  • Ensures community needs are met