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.

Community Foundation - Stay-in-School Fund

STAY-IN-SCHOOL “SIS” FUND

Established in 2019, this fund financially supports at-risk students to help them “Stay-in-School”.

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.

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. This fund will provide funding to support Freestyle Panorama Ski Club skiers.

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.

Alan J. Witherspoon Memorial Fine Arts Fund

Alan J. Witherspoon Memorial Fine Arts Fund

Established in 2019. Income from this fund to provide a bursary to Columbia Valley youth pursuing an education in Fine Arts.

Community Foundation donors - Wittke Family Fund

Wittke Family Fund

Established in 2017, the Wittke family chose the foundation as their way to give back to our community. Their fund will support literacy in our communities.

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.

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 through their vision of providing a welcoming community hub that meets the evolving literacy needs of our valley’s diverse population.

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.

The Edgewater Recreation Society is a non-profit society with a volunteer board of directors responsible for providing safe and affordable opportunities to anyone who wishes to use any of the venues.

Columbia Valley Arts & Culture Endowment Fund

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 Council, a charity whose purpose is to foster growth, awareness and appreciation of the arts in the Windermere/Columbia Valley.

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.  This charitable organization exists to assist individuals and families in recognizing and accepting death as a part of life.  They support individuals and families during the dying and grieving process.

Community Foundation Fund Environmental Education

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FUND 

For Environment. For Education. For Ever. 

Established in 2018, this fund fosters environmental stewardship and sustainability by supporting environmental educators through the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN), a registered charity supporting environmental learning in the local region. CBEEN’s Wild Voices for Kids program is strongly rooted in the Columbia Valley and has been running for over 20 years. 

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY ENDOWMENT FUND

Established in 2017 as an open fund to enhance programs of the Radium Hot Springs Public Library. The Radium Hot Springs Public Library strives to offer programs and materials that reflect the needs and interests of the community and its service area, and will provide Library services and programs to inspire life stories and to promote literacy, education and community relationships.

COLUMBIA VALLEY FOOD BANK ENDOWMENT FUND

Established in 2020 as an open fund.  Income from this fund is used for to support the needs of the Columbia Valley Food Bank, a non-profit society serving residents from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen.

JIM ASHWORTH FUND

Established in 2020 as an open fund to commemorate and honor Vetran Jim Ashworth’s contribution to the Columbia Valley Food Bank. For his 101st birthday and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Burma star recipient Jim Ashworth walked 101 blocks raising funds for the local food bank. See more here on Jim’s walk.  Income from this fund is used for to support the needs of the Columbia Valley Food Bank.