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Foundation Gala Diamond Event Sponsor Odlum Brown Limited Commits to 3 year Sponsorship




Comox Valley Community Foundation is delighted to announce that Odlum Brown Limited will return as the Diamond Event Sponsor for the annual fundraising Gala for the next three years.   “We count on the funds raised from the Gala event to off set the Foundation’s administrative costs. Having this kind of long term commitment from a major sponsor is a wonderful gift,” said Gala Committee Chair RaeAnn Hartman. ......Read more…


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Enriching Life in the Comox Valley

Enriching Life in the Comox Valley

The Comox Valley Community Foundation provides an opportunity for people to contribute to a permanent endowment fund which is used to enrich the quality of life in the Comox Valley.

Making A Difference In Our Community

Making A Difference In Our Community

This year interest generated by funds donated to the Comox Valley Community Foundation has allowed us to award grants, bursaries and scholarships totaling nearly $100,000 to enrich life in the Comox Valley.

L'Arche Comox Valley

L'Arche Comox Valley

The Foundation presented $9,000 to L'Arche Comox Valley for new windows for Jubilee House.

Scouts Canada Camp Gilwell

Scouts Canada Camp Gilwell

Scouts Canada's Camp Gilwell, on the banks of the Browns River, needed an upgrade to their septic system. With the Foundation's grant of $8,000, they'll be able to host excited young campers for years to come.

Comox Valley Fall Fair

Comox Valley Fall Fair

The Comox Valley Fall Fair and Exhibition Society needed marquee tents and tables. Our grant of $7,100 will help this organization and others showcase what they do and stay out of the elements.

The Filberg Lodge Society

The Filberg Lodge Society

Interest from your funds will also help The Filberg Lodge Society upgrade their stage this year and in so doing ensure the continued success of their main fund raising event: The Filberg Festival.

Responsible Stewardship

We attract, develop and manage permanent endowment funds through responsible stewardship.

Meeting Community Needs

We assess and respond to existing, emerging and changing community needs through grants to eligible organizations.

Facilitating Philanthropy

We provide a means for individuals and organizations with varied interests and levels of giving to contribute financially to their community.
Over $131,000 in grants to be given away this year

A Record year of giving for Community Foundation
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This year the Comox Valley Community Foundation will be awarding $131,668.34 to local charities and students.

“This is the largest amount the Foundation has been able to disburse since it was founded,” said Andrea Rowe, Foundation President. “To be able to pay such a sizable amount is very exciting for our many donors and our directors.”

The bulk of the grants were awarded at the Foundation’s Annual Community Giving Awards which took place on January 16 at the Comox Community Centre. Over $63,000 was given to 14 local charities to help them achieve their goals.

The Foundation administers a number of special funds for local organizations whose total awards, disbursed in late 2013, amounted to $43,928.51. Later this year $24,200 in scholarships and bursaries will be paid to local students.

Since 1996 the Foundation has been able to pour back into the community over $1.3 million. Governed by a volunteer board of community minded citizens who are in touch with the needs of the community, the Foundation provides individuals, families, businesses and organizations the opportunity to realize their philanthropic objectives.

Currently the Foundation has assets of $3.2 million held locally and another $1.1 million that is invested on its behalf by the Vancouver Foundation. All assets are invested in perpetuity so that there will be an on-going source of funding for local initiatives.

“The Giving Awards Ceremony is one of the highlights of the year for the Foundation,” said Rowe. “We hear first hand from the groups about how these funds will be used and how they will impact each organization’s clients and the community as a whole. It’s inspiring to hear from so many groups that are working hard to make a difference.”


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Community Foundations

What does the Community Foundation do?

It provides a means whereby the community's charitable assets and decision making can be applied locally; it pools the charitable gifts of many donors into a permanent, income-earning endowment that benefits the people of this valley and fulfills the philanthropic objectives of individual donors; it makes grants from the earnings on these funds to support a broad variety of initiatives from health, education and social services to arts, culture and the environment; and it offers neutral advice and support to all kinds of individuals and organizations trying to make philanthropic decisions..

Who Manages It

A seventeen-member Board of Directors is responsible for the overall policies and practices of the Foundation and relies on the recommendations of the Distribution Committee, which oversees the granting process and is made up of volunteers with knowledge and expertise in five fields of interest: Arts and Culture, Environment and Parks, Health and Welfare, Education and Youth and Seniors; the Investment Committee, responsibile for the policies and general administration of the Foundation's investments; .........

Who Donates?

Individuals and Families

Individuals and families often establish an advised fund within the Community Foundation instead of establishing their own foundation. This adds to administrative efficiency and reduces expenses.

Corporations and Charities

Some corporations rely on the expertise of the Community Foundation to administer their corporate donations programs.

Many charities, including other foundations, place their endowment funds with the Community Foundation in order to ensure their future financial viability, preserve their endowments in perpetuity and benefit from ongoing professional endowment management expertise.