Just What is a Community Foundation

Your Comox Valley Community Foundation is an independent registered philanthropic institution whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the Comox Valley by providing financial support to community based charitable organizations.

While there are many different organizations working towards building a better community, there are a few things that make the Foundation different.

Our approach is to bring a wide variety of donors together as community builders so that we can pool their resources to ensure that their philanthropic goals will have a lasting impact on the community. In other words, we accept donations from donors, invest them for long term growth, and disburse the earnings to local charities based on their needs and the needs of the community.

One of the other things that make the Foundation different is that it takes a long-term view of the community’s needs and invests in solutions that will help organizations become sustainable and ready to respond to the people they serve. There are five areas of interest that the Foundation focuses on, Arts and Culture, Environment and Parks, Health and Welfare, Seniors, Education and Youth.

The community foundation also offers the opportunity for individuals, families, businesses, service clubs and other non-profit organizations to achieve their charitable and financial goals by offering resources that make giving easy, flexible and most importantly effective. For many the Foundation provides assurances that their gift to the community will be a constant source of funding for the benefit of generations to come.

Being an independent organization, the Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors who bring their individual skill sets to the table and at the same time reflect a broad cross section of the community’s demographics. Collectively, this group of people has an in-depth knowledge of the issues that shape the community which enables them to make decisions that will be of benefit to as many groups as possible.

Currently the Foundation holds and administers over 70 individual charitable and pooled funds. Since 1998 the Foundation has disbursed over 1 million dollars in grants to support local charitable organizations. To find out more about the Comox Valley Community Foundation and how you can help, visit the website at www.cvcfoundation.org

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