Connecting donors, non-profits, and charities to help create a healthy, vibrant, and livable community.
Working with professional advisors to help individuals leave their legacy by leaving a permanent endowment.
Assessing and responding to emerging and changing community needs.
Providing a vehicle and service for donors with varied interests and levels of giving.
What is a Community Foundation?
Community Foundations work with donors to create their charitable legacy. No matter the gift size, our donors know they are helping to create a permanent endowment for the community, with the investment earnings distributed to the broadest range of charitable initiatives in the community.
A Community Foundation is not the object of a donor’s philanthropy but rather seeks to provide donors with the information, resources and tools to accomplish their charitable goals.
Each Community Foundation is autonomous and governed by a Board of Directors made up of community-minded leadership. Yet, they are linked and supported by Community Foundations of Canada’s strong national network;
What are the benefits to the community?
The Campbell River Community Foundation brings people together who care about their communities. We are local, independent, volunteer-driven, charitable organizations that aim to strengthen our communities by facilitating philanthropy, partnering with donors to build permanent endowments and other funds from which they support community organizations and projects, and providing leadership on issues of broad community concern.
The Foundation supports Campbell River in the areas of education, health and welfare, culture, environment, parks and recreation, youth and seniors. We are governed by a Board of respected volunteer citizens, who appoint a grants committee to research applications for funding, and make recommendations to the Board each year for grants which are used to further the well-being of Campbell River citizens overall.
Simply put, We Help People Help Others.
The History of the
In 1990, Mayor Robert Ostler and Council were invited to a meeting in Ottawa to learn about community foundations in Canada.
The meeting was hosted by the Ottawa Community Foundation and its visionary Executive Director, Mr. Al Gamble. The gathering was funded co-operatively by the Vancouver Foundation, Winnipeg Foundation and the Toronto Community Foundation.
Mayor Ostler and Council were very intrigued with the concept. Councillor Mary Ashley went to Ottawa as a guest of the Vancouver Foundation to learn more about the foundation movement. She returned to express her enthusiasm for the movement, and to report on the strong national support for new foundations. Council agreed to set aside $5000 in seed funding for a new Campbell River Community Foundation.
In 1992 Councillor Ashley was again invited to help initiate a national project in support in community foundations, held in Winnipeg (the oldest Community Foundation in Canada).Representatives from one end of the country to the other were present to sign the new entity into reality (Community Foundations of Canada). Mary was also honoured to be appointed to the founding Board of Directors as a representative of new and emerging community foundations.
Meanwhile an initial group of community leaders was formed to begin the task of building our own foundation. Mayor Bob Ostler, Mrs. Irene Ross, Judge Tony Sarich, Dr. Bob Gordon, Councillor Mary Ashley and Mr. Bill Halstead participated in the early development which led to the formation of the Community Foundation as a non-profit society. The Society then applied for and obtained charitable status so that tax receipts could be issued to donors who helped to build the permanent fund.
Who We Help
The Campbell River Community Foundation has distributed over $500,000 in grants to nonprofit and charitable organizations supporting art, culture, education, youth, health, the environment. All of these community projects help to make our city a healthier, more vibrant, and livable community.
Our grants are made possible through the generosity of community-minded donors. We work closely with our donors to connect them with causes that matter in a variety of areas. Please review the information provided to determine if your organization and your initiative meet our criteria for granting. For more information visit our Grants page.
We seek to fund programs and projects that…
- Provide a direct service to the community
- Benefit a wide audience
- Contribute to the betterment of the community
- Strive to have a lasting impact on our community
- Involve collaboration and partnerships
- Build on existing community strengths and assets
- Use resources efficiently and effectively
- Leverage funds from other sources