Pivot thanks Rob Milne and family for donation large enough to keep the scrappy nonprofit going for a decade

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      Pivot Legal Society has received an extremely generous donation that the Downtown Eastside nonprofit says will keep it funded for the next decade.

      The charitable contribution is made out to Pivot Foundation, the registered charity of which Pivot Legal Society is a partner, by Unbounded Canada Foundation on behalf of Rob Milne. It’s worth $1 million.

      “I support Pivot so strongly because I would like my children and their children to be able to benefit from Canadian society as much as I have,” Milne said quoted in a Pivot media release.

      Peter Mortifee, chair of the Pivot Foundation, is quoted in the release stating the donation will allow Pivot to “continue to deliver on its mission to improve the lives of the most marginalized in our communities.

      “This gift from Rob Milne and his family is nothing short of incredible. That they are committed to such a generous donation over a period of ten years is remarkable,” Mortifee said.

      Pivot’s media release states the donation will go towards the organization’s work responding to B.C.’s overdose crisis, which killed 1,436 people last year.

      “Much of this pledge will support charitable projects and programs that sustain and strengthen efforts to reform drug policy in Canada by defending the human rights of people who use illegal substances and are profoundly affected by the overdose crisis,” it reads. “It will ensure the voices of society’s unheard have a strong and stable platform from which to advocate for their best interest and meaningful change that will impact communities across the country.”

      Pivot was established in 2001 by John Richardson. Its executive director, Katrina Pacey, recently announced she’s leaving the organization after a long tenure as its leader.

      The organization is presently accepting applications for a new executive director.