You love our community and there are countless ways to help it grow and thrive. Whatever your charitable goals and no matter your means, you can make a difference.

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Grants at the Comox Valley Community Foundation support a wide range of local charitable organizations to make our city a better place to live, work and play.

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 Vital Signs

The Comox Valley Community Foundation is launching the first of an ongoing series of Comox Valley Vital Signs initiatives.

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Community Impact

You live your life with intention and focus. You are passionate about our community and have a vision for the future. What will your legacy be?

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Community Enrichment Awards - January 19th

In 2017 we are supporting 21 local charitable organizations through our Community Enrichment Grants to make the Comox Valley a better place to work, live and play.  

For Canada's 150th anniversary, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Canada, we are also supporting 5 registered charities' projects that:

  • encourage participation in community activities and events to mark Canada's 150th,
  • inspire a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our community and our country, and
  • build vibrant and healthy communities.

If you would like to join us at our event, please contact our Administrator Antonia Mahon at

Sold Out 2016 Gala a Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who supported and joined us on Saturday October 22nd at our annual fundraising gala to celebrate 20 years of Enriching Lives in the Comox Valley.

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Welcome to the Comox Valley Community Foundation!

Enriching lives in the Comox Valley has been our purpose, promise and passion since 1996 when we started connecting donors to community needs and opportunities.


We are a community catalyst and engage in three core activities:

  • We bring donors to the table as community builders, and help them formulate and realize their philanthropic goals, matching their interests and concerns with community needs and opportunities, and finding innovative and responsible ways to give their investments lasting impact.
  • We take the broadest view of what a community is and what it needs to thrive. This is why our grants support everything from safety and support of the less able or less fortunate to recreation, the arts, and the environment.
  • We take a long-term view of the community and though our Vital Signs Comox Valley initiative, our granting and community engagement help make our community more caring and compassionate, resilient and better positioned for an improving future for all who live here.

As an independent charitable organization, we are only limited by the will and imagination of our donors, and the groups and people we support in the community.  Since inception, our donors have generously entrusted us with over $11 million which we have promised to establish and maintain as endowment funds – in perpetuity, the income from which is to be used to benefit the Valley residents through the invaluable work of registered charities and other qualified service providers. A gift of any size, does and will continue to make a difference. To date, we have returned more than $1.75 million to the community in grants, scholarships and bursaries for students and investment returns to those organizations that entrust their funds with us.  And this will keep growing!

We invite you to get involved with the work of the Community Foundation.  Explore our website to:

  • learn more about what we do
  • consider donating or creating a legacy
  • apply for a grant
  • understand your community better, or
  • perhaps even serve on our Board or one of our committees.

Please feel free to contact us with any question you have or arrange to meet.  We look forward to working with you!

CVCF Announcements

Community Fund for Canada's 150th

Community Fund for Canada's 150th

Canada’s sesquicentennial is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about our communities and our country. In the spirit of this moment, the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will activate a breathtaking array of ideas and activities that will bring out the best that Canada has to offer, now and for future generations.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that will support community initiatives from coast to coast to coast. The Fund is a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

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Announcing 2016 Comox Valley’s Vital Signs

Announcing 2016 Comox Valley’s Vital Signs

Building community knowledge by taking the pulse on trends and issues in the Comox Valley.

The Comox Valley Community Foundation in partnership with the United Way of Central and North Vancouver Island and the Comox Valley Social Planning Society is launching the first of an ongoing series of Comox Valley Vital Signs initiatives. Vital Signs® is a regular check-up conducted by community foundations to measure the vitality of communities across Canada. It gathers and publishes data on significant social and economic trends in areas critical to quality of life. Vital Signs® reports promote awareness of community issues and can help generate discussion, drive policy change and focus community leadership activities in the Comox Valley.

Thank you to all who participated, the deadline to complete the survey has now passed. We are pleased to have exceeded our goal of 1000 participants. Results of the survey and the Vital Signs report will be available on October 4th.

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Another Record Breaking Year!

Another Record Breaking Year!

This year the Comox Valley Community Foundation will award $250,000 to local charities and students. This brings the total amount returned to the community since the inception of the Foundation to $1.75 million.

The majority of the grants were awarded during the CVC Foundation’s annual Community Enrichment Awards on Friday, January 15, 2016. Then, 18 local charities received in excess of $124,000. These organizations fall within one of the five areas of interest supported by the Comox Valley Community Foundation and include Arts and Culture, Environment and Parks, Health and Welfare, Education and Youth, and Seniors.

"We are always so pleased to be able to make these grants," said Foundation President, Dr. Norman Carruthers "We feel privileged to be able to assist the many groups working tirelessly to improve our community.”

The CV Community Foundation also administers a number of endowment funds for local organizations whose total awards, disbursed in late 2015, amounted to more than $63,000. Later this year $27,500 in scholarships and bursaries will be awarded to local students. In addition, the Foundation has set aside funds for new community grants that will be awarded later this year.

“It’s inspiring to hear first hand from the recipients how the CVCF funds impact each organization and the community as a whole,” said Carruthers.

Currently the Comox Valley Community Foundation has assets totalling $11 million. All assets are invested in perpetuity so there will be an on-going source of funding for local initiatives.

The Community Foundation Distributes $200,000 in 2015

The Community Foundation Distributes $200,000 in 2015

Happy New Year!  As we close out another year, I would like to thank you for your part in building the Comox Valley Community Foundation and share with you some of our successes for 2014.

Let’s start with the really big news! Our overall endowment passed the $5 million mark this year. And because of excellent investment results last year, we are distributing $200,000 in grants, bursaries, scholarships, and payments to the eight charities that entrust us with managing their financial assets.

Community groups and individual donors continue to partner with the CVC Foundation for services to establish new designated funds.  For example:

  • The Courtenay Centennial Committee recently established a fund to provide an opportunity for community members to contribute throughout the coming year to a lasting legacy benefitting the community; and
  • The new Jim and Marjorie Walden Fund will support the local branch of the Salvation Army and the CVRD’s Sports and Aquatic Centre.

The Foundation’s 80 named donor and general community funds continue to generate income which is used to respond to the most pressing needs in the community. Grants from these two sources supported a variety of initiatives including: emergency rescue equipment, a child development sensory room, upgrading the Filberg Park main stage, a number of literacy programs, sewer system upgrades at Camp Gilwell, and much more.

Our educational impact continues to grow through the bursary and scholarship funds generous donors have created with us.  Income from these endowments will allow us to give out $23,000 in the coming year. Over this past year, we supported 15 students in their educational endeavours.

And there’s great news for the eight agencies that entrusted us with their endowments.  We earned 6.5% on those funds and in December we distributed almost $53,000 (before administrative fees) to them.

During our annual Community Enrichment Awards event, we will be announcing a record $118,450 in grants. A record 20 community organizations will receive funding.  We invite each of you to celebrate this achievement with us on January 15, 2015 at 2 pm at the Comox Recreation Centre.  Please contact us at 250-338-8444 or if you are interested in attending.

Thank you for your continued support; if you have any feedback you would like to send our way, we’re listening.

On behalf of the Foundation’s Board and staff, I wish you and yours all the best in 2015.

Norm Carruthers, President
Comox Valley Community Foundation

Foundation Receives Largest Donation Ever

Foundation Receives Largest Donation Ever

The Comox Valley Community Foundation’s assets have just been increased by $811,287.75 … its biggest gift ever.

This donation from the Comox Valley Association for Mentally Handicapped People (CVAMHP) will be used to establish a permanent endowment fund for the benefit of those with developmental disabilities in the Comox Valley. The annual income it creates will be disbursed to local charities that provide, among other things, social and recreational opportunities for those with a developmental disability.

Recently CVAMHP decided to wind up its operations. The members felt they could no longer ensure the greatest returns for the community they served.“We are delighted with our decision,” said CVAMHP president Joan Carson. “There is no organization better suited than the Community Foundation to take on this responsibility. These funds will now be able to work even harder for the people our organization has been supporting for the last 45 years.”

What began as the Bevan Lodge Association in 1968 has changed dramatically over the years.  As needs and policies changed, the CVAMHP took on vocational, life skills and semi-independent living programs and operated the Lillian Lefcoe Adult Training Centre in Courtenay. In 2000 that building was sold and the proceeds were invested to provide an on-going source of funding for programs.

“Over the years the association has supported numerous organizations,” said Susan Klimczak, secretary of CVAMHP. “We were no longer delivering direct services but others, such as the Beaufort Association, Special Olympics and the Courtenay and Comox recreation centers continued to provide valuable services, and we were able to support them.”

“This is an incredible gift to this community,” said Andrea Rowe, president of the Community Foundation. “Our sincere thanks go out to the Comox Valley Association for Mentally Handicapped People for deciding the Foundation is the right organization to manage and distribute the income of the fund in the manner originally intended.”

The new fund will be dedicated to supporting similar programs. The basic purpose and use of these funds will continue. The biggest advantage is the fact that when the funds are invested, they will be pooled with other funds, which in turn provides an opportunity to generate greater returns at a lower cost.

“That was really important to us,” said Joan Carson. “This is a legacy that we needed to maintain. We wanted to make sure that these funds would remain available, forever, for assisting people with developmental disabilities and at the same time help make the fund grow so that it could always provide financial aid. Many people in the Comox Valley who are interested in assisting people with developmental disabilities – today and tomorrow – can now make a donation to this fund at the CVCF. In some ways, it’s a new beginning.”

Courtenay Rotary Presents $170,000 To Foundation

Courtenay Rotary Presents $170,000 To Foundation 

On Saturday October 23rd, at the annual gala of the Comox Valley Community Foundation, Neil Woodrow representing the Rotary Club Courtenay Foundation, presented Lorne Harder, President of the Community Foundation, with a cheque for $170,000.

The Courtenay Rotary Foundation felt that the Comox Valley Community Foundation’s mandate is so similar to our mandate that they have asked us to accept their fund and to manage it in perpetuity and to distribute the proceeds of their fund in our regular granting cycle. The earnings of the fund will be directed toward the relief of poverty, advancement of education or to other purposes of a charitable nature. This fund, and many more show that the people of the Comox Valley have faith in the Foundation to help them create lasting legacies.  We are so pleased to have such an incredible endorsement from an organization which is so well respected and has done so much for our community” stated Community Foundation president Harder.

The mission of the Comox Valley Community Foundation is to enrich the quality of life in the Comox Valley by distributing earnings from permanent growing endowment funds.  Each gift made to the foundation will continue to benefit residents of the Comox Valley in perpetuity.

“Today our investments are performing very well and have grown to over $2,500,000.00 which is administered by us and the Vancouver foundation” says Harder.

The Impact...

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

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.

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.

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

Organizations We've Helped

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