SUPPORTING THE ARTS & CULTURE
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The BC Interior Community Foundation (BCICF) is proud to be a member of a national network of 191 Community Foundations across Canada. While each Foundation works independently, all are committed to making a lasting difference in their respective communities / regions! This is accomplished by providing philanthropic donors with flexible, efficient and tax-effective ways of ensuring their charitable giving generates maximum impacts.
The concept of a community foundation is delightfully simple – it is a charitable framework to build, over time, substantial and permanent endowment funds (through contributions both large and small). Since these contributions are “endowed”, the principal is never spent – instead, they are invested to produce “income”. That earned income is annually distributed to support a diversity of charitable needs – from environmental initiatives to arts and culture, at-risk-population sectors, youth, families, seniors and more… all within your local community / region… forever!
Like other community foundations, the BCICF does not generally engage in its own programming. Rather, we support new or existing programs of other non-profit organizations and agencies. For over three decades we have worked with Donors to set up individual funds (in your name or that of a loved one) with total flexibility on how you would like to determine the charitable benefits. Other Donors choose to contribute to a variety of existing funds – set up for particular purposes. Educational scholarships form an important element of many of these types of funds. The BCICF also has a “general endowment fund” with income distributed by our Board of Directors to changing needs and opportunities.
We are governed by locally selected volunteers, from a broad cross-section of expertise, who are knowledgeable about their communities and have passion for ensuring quality of life for all residents.
All contributions are tax-deductible.
Whatever your charitable intentions, we offer the flexibility to achieve them through the BC Interior Community Foundation’s sustainable philanthropic management. Please consider becoming a Donor, a Corporate Supporter or Member! You can make a difference in your community in the Thompson, Nicola and South Cariboo region with a one-time donation or a monthly donation using your credit card through CanadaHelps.
MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES
We received a wonderful Congratulations from Cathy McLeod, MP for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo for our Giving Back – Social Stewardship Award. In honour of International Women’s Day, we wanted to say Thank You to all the women who serve as our democratically elected representatives. We truly appreciate you and your contribution to our communities.
On February 28, 2018, the BC Interior Community Foundation presented the New Life Community (Kamloops) with a cheque for $3,889.00 for the purchase of electric hand dryers. The use of electric dryers rather than paper towels will reduce operational costs by nearly $1,500 per year while providing a more sustainable and hygienic option for New Life’s clients. New Life Community (previously New Life Mission) has been providing outreach and poverty relief services in Kamloops since 1980. Its mandate is to bring hope to the hungry, hurting and homeless by showing the love of God through word and deed. They are a faith-based non-profit which operates a variety of programs and receives funding and assistance from many different sources locally and in the surrounding area. The funds for this project were sourced through the generosity of The Stollery Charitable Foundation which was founded by Robert and Shirley Stollery in 1994 and supports important charitable and community building projects in Kamloops and Edmonton.
Many thanks to the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association for recognizing the BC Interior Community Foundation with a Giving Back / Social Stewardship Award at their recent event. BCICF President Hugh Fallis (pictured centre) attended to accept this generous award.
2017 SMART AND CARING LEADERS