Christmas in January

While the holiday season is over, it’s feeling like “Christmas in January” for directors of the Comox Valley Community Foundation. This month the CVCF will announce annual grants to local charitable groups at its Community Enrichment Awards event. In 2015 grants of more than $118,000 were made to 20 local groups. Awards were made for…


Helping Our Charitable Sector

This past Tuesday, “Giving Tuesday”, we were reminded that every year, millions of Canadians donate to charities and nonprofit organizations. By giving to organizations and groups that support causes dear to their hearts, donors want to contribute to the well-being of their fellow citizens and advance principles and values they believe in. According to a…


A Gift of Education

Some students returning to school this week have a little more money for tuition because of generous Comox Valley Community Foundation donors. The CVCF maintains eight scholarship and bursary funds for students attending North Island College and for high school graduates who are heading off to colleges and universities across British Columbia. These have been…


Today, Tomorrow … Forever

When gifts are made to the Comox Valley Community Foundation, they’re made ‘in perpetuity’. One example is the $6 million gift from the estate of Mary Catherine (Mamie) Aitken, announced last week. But what does it mean to make a gift ‘in perpetuity’? In short, it’s a gift that keeps on giving — forever. The…


$6 million Donation for Comox Valley

TheComox Valley Community Foundation announced that the Catherine Mary (Mamie) Aitken estate will donate over $6,000,000.00 to the CVC Foundation. This is, by far, the largest gift ever made to the Foundation. “This generous gift is a game changer for the Foundation and the Comox Valley,” says CVC Foundation President Dr. Norman Carruthers. “It will…


Identifying Community Needs

Every year the Comox Valley Community Foundation identifies community needs and supports charitable groups that are working hard to enrich lives in the Comox Valley. In October, the Foundation Board considers grant requests from dozens of CV charities. In November and December the tough decisions are made and in January, cheques are presented at the…


Give Yourself A Break

It’s April: spring time, blossom time and…. tax time! While many of us scramble to make donations to our favourite charities by the end of December, it’s really in April that we see the usefulness of our generosity from a tax perspective. Our tax system provides a great incentive for making gifts to charities like…


A Legacy That Lives On

When Donald Denny Gordon died in late January, the Comox Valley Community Foundation lost one of its greatest original supporters. Fortunately, the nature of his gifts to the CVCF means that Donald’s legacy will live on in perpetuity. Since the CVCF was created in 1996, Donald demonstrated the many different ways a person can support…


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…


Directing Your Donation

Making a donation to the CV Community Foundation doesn’t always mean giving up control of how that money will be used. “Donor advised funds” are an important part of the CVCF’s grant making program. One example of a ‘donor advised fund’ is the Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation Fund. It was created in 2010 to…