Our Community Funds

COLUMBIA VALLEY COMMUNITY FUND

This non-designated, open fund was established in November 2001.

These funds give the Foundation the greatest flexibility to respond to current community needs by providing grants to charities throughout the Columbia Valley– Spillimacheen to Canal Flats.

KOOTENAY SAVINGS COMMUNITY FUND

Established in January 2010. This fund was established to hold the donation from the Kootenay Savings Foundation in perpetuity. Income from the endowed funds will be distributed in consultation with Kootenay Savings Foundation to community priorities in education, health, social, culture, environment and economic non-for-profit priorities.

Our Donor-Advised Funds

These funds appeal to donors interested in creating their own family foundation as they enable the donor to have ongoing participation in the selection of charities benefiting from their fund. These funds can be established with a minimum donation of $10,000, which can be gifted on an annual or monthly basis over a 5 year period.

GORDON WILDER FUND

Established in December 2005. Income from this fund will be distributed in the Fairmont Hot Springs area in consultation with the Wilder family.

OUR CHILDREN’S LEGACY FUND

Established in September 2002. Income from this fund will be distributed in consultation with the donors.

Community Foundation - donor - Sherry & Harvey Doerr

SHERRY AND HARVEY DOERR FAMILY FUND

Established in 2014 as an open, donor-advised fund.  Income from this fund will be used for charitable purposes within the Columbia Valley.

TOM SANDERS MEMORIAL FUND

Established in December 2002. A student award of $2000.00 is given annually to a local high school graduate student. Chosen by the Kinsmen Club of the Windermere Valley.

Our Field-of-Interest Funds

Donors are passionate about their causes that matter to them, ranging from education and the environment to children, the arts, culture and more. Since the Foundation supports all charitable sectors we have the ability to connect donors’ passions with local organizations through the creation of Field-of-Interest Funds. These funds can be established with a minimum donation of $5,000, which can be gifted on an annual or monthly basis over a 5 year period.

Community Foundation - Giving

ANN TILLEY MEMORIAL FUND

Established in December 2002. Income from this fund will be distributed to the community of Canal Flats, as a first priority, in areas of literacy for children and adults, as well as women’s services and medical and health services.

Community Foundation - Giving

ARNOLD ELLIS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Established in February 2004. Income from this fund will be distributed to provide scholarships and bursaries to youth attending training and education at recognized post-secondary institutions.

Community Foundation - Giving

FAIRMONT FAMILY FUND

Established in December 2001. Income from this fund will be distributed to enhance the quality of life of families in the Fairmont Hot Springs area

BIDDER BURSARY FUND

Established in October 2006. Income from this fund will be distributed to provide bursaries to youth attending training and education at recognized post-secondary institutions.

Community Foundation - Erwin Kloos

ERWIN KLOOS MEMORIAL FUND

Established in 2017, income from this fund supports Columbia Valley students entering post-secondary education, with particular focus on students pursuing trades and technical schooling. 

Columbia Community Foundation - John Mason Memorial Fund

JOHN MASON MEMORIAL FUND

Established in 2017 in memory of John; a dedicated family man with a love for adventure and community. In the spirit of his quest for continued learning, this fund will support youth sport and the community.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH FUND

Established by George & Arlene Loewen in October 2006. Income from this fund will be distributed to provide opportunities to youth for the expansion of their social, career and personal skills.

Our Designated Funds

These funds support particular agencies or organizations, as named by the donor, in perpetuity.  These funds can be established with a minimum donation of $10,000, which can be gifted on an annual or monthly basis over a 5 year period.

Community Foundation - Giving

INVERMERE PUBLIC LIBRARY ENDOWMENT FUND

Established in 2014 as an open fund.  Income from this fund is used solely for enhancing programs of the Invermere Public Library.

Community Foundation - Giving

SCHNIDER FAMILY LEGACY FUND

Established in 2015 as an open fund. Income from this fund will be directed to the Edgewater Recreation Society for the operation of Frank’s Rink.

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COLUMBIA VALLEY ARTS & CULTURE FUND

Established in 2016, the income generated from long-term growth of the capital of this fund will be disbursed annually to Columbia Valley Arts, a charity whose purpose is to foster the growth, awareness.

HOSPICE SOCIETY OF THE COLUMBIA VALLEY ENDOWMENT FUND 

Established in 2017 as an open fund. Income from this fund is used solely for enhancing programs of the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley 

Community Foundation - Giving

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY ENDOWMENT FUND

Established in 2017 as an open fund.  Income from this fund is used solely for enhancing programs of the Radium Hot Springs Public Library.