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 $200,000 to enrich life in the Comox Valley.

The Comox Valley Hospice Society

The Comox Valley Hospice Society

This year, as a Community Foundation "Signature Project", the Comox Valley Hospice Society has been given $16,000 to furnish one of the four new residential hospice suites at their new hospice facility.

The Comox Valley Special Olympics Society

The Comox Valley Special Olympics Society

The Foundation awarded the Comox Valley Special Olympics Society $24000 for equipment, facility rental, registration fees and transportation for Comox Valley Special Olympians and volunteers.

Scouts Canada Camp Gilwell

Scouts Canada Camp Gilwell

Scouts Canada's Camp Gilwell, on the banks of the Browns River, needed to refurbish their kitchen. With the Foundation's grant of $4,000, they'll be able to do just that.

Courtenay Recreational Association

Courtenay Recreational Association

Our grant of $16,000 will help this organization support Special Needs Recreation programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

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.

Tickets going fast for fundraiser gala!

Join us for our annual fundraiser gala, Saturday, October 22. Tickets $100 and are going fast, get yours today by emailing cvcf@shawcable.com or call (250) 338-8444.

Cocktails: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm
Dance: 9:00 pm
Music by The Fabulous Mutts
Semiformal, Black Tie optional



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Courtenay Centennial Legacy Fund

The Comox Valley Community Foundation is saddened by the loss of a wonderful person and friend to the community with the passing of Randy Wiwchar. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Wendy, his family and all his friends.

For those who wish to honour Randy with a gift to the Courtenay Centennial Legacy Fund in lieu of flowers, we offer two alternatives. You can:

  • Donate online at CanadaHelps, indicate the gift is in memory of Randy and select the fund "Courtenay Centennial Legacy Fund." CanadaHelps will issue you a tax receipt.
  • By cheque. Please make the cheque out to the Comox Valley Community Foundation, indicate it is in memory of Randy and mail it to the CVCF, #102, 1797 Comox Ave, Comox BC, V9M 3L9. The Community Foundation will issue the receipt.

In both cases, the Community Foundation will inform the family that you have made a gift – unless you indicate you would like to remain anonymous.

Thank you for supporting Randy in this way.




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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.