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Community Foundations are charitable organizations dedicated to improving communities in specific geographical areas. Central Okanagan Foundation does this by pooling the charit...
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#306 - 1726 Dolphin Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9R9
Causes we care about

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  • Community and Economic Development

Social Mission
Our mission is to provide an ongoing contribution to the quality of life in our community through the stewardship of entrusted funds, grant making and community leadership.
Some of the organizations we support
Kelowna & District S.H.A.R.E. Society
United Way Southern Interior BC
Central Okanagan Community Food Bank
Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan
What people are saying about us
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Office AdministratorProject Literacy Central Okanagan Society

We are very grateful for the generous support the Central Okanagan Foundation provides Project Literacy and other charitable organizations in the Central Okanagan. Their dedicated staff are always very kind and helpful.

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Stephanie MooreKCR Community Resources

The Central Okanagan Foundation has been a great supporter of many of KCR Community Resources programs and projects. Specifically, we are very grateful for their support of our Capacity Building Workshops and Volunteer Fairs.

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Casey HamiltonOkanagan Fruit Tree Project Society

We are always filled with gratitude when we are supported by the Central Okanagan Foundation and their grant program. We've been working with them for 8 years now and it's always a pleasure. Their staff are very helpful and supportive. The Central Okanagan Foundation facilitates incredible social impact to our community and we are grateful to be one of the organizations contributing to this impact.

Stories of our community involvement
So proud of the Central Okanagan Foundation for its ongoing support of nonprofit and charitable organizations in our communities! Read their full story below!
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As this challenging year wraps up, the Central Okanagan Foundation is pleased to announce that it invested $142,249 in local organizations this fall.

“In this extraordinary year, the need to support the communities of our region was more important than ever,” says Cheryl Miller, the Foundation’s Director of Grants and Community Initiatives. “It’s our privilege to steward the investments of our donors, and then support 13 organizations across a range of sectors.”

The Foundation supports charities in eight fields: arts and culture, heritage and historical, environment, animal welfare, health and community service, children, youth and family, education, and global initiatives. Its impact covers the Okanagan from Lake Country in the north, to Peachland in the south.

Earlier this year, 16 organizations received grant funding totaling $236,542 in the spring cycle of grant distribution. This latest round brings the Foundation’s 2020 investment through these grants to $378,791.

Twice annually, the Central Okanagan Foundation Grants are open for applications. The next intake is in the spring of 2021, with an application deadline of May 3. An information session will be held on March 17 at 1:30pm via Zoom, and registration is now available online: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdO...

Registered charities and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply, and can find more information on our website (https://www.centralokanaganfoundation.org/grant...), or can contact Miller directly via email: cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org.

The funds for this program come from the investment income earned on the Foundation’s Community Endowment Fund. A full list of the 13 fall recipients can be found here: https://www.centralokanaganfoundation.org/grant...
Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity Okanagan for breaking ground on 8 new homes in Lake Country! We're so proud to support their incredible work and look forward to seeing these homes filled with happy, supported members of our community!
Over the spring, the Central Okanagan Foundation invested $236,542 in organizations across the region.

The funds came from the organization’s spring 2020 grants.

The foundation supports charities in the areas of youth and family, arts and culture, education, heritage and historical, health, global and the environment.

“It is our privilege to steward donor’s investments to the community through our grant program,” said Cheryl Miller, Director of Grants & Community Initiatives. “These grants support a broad array of organizations whose work improves our community every day.”

Sixteen organizations received funding through this round of grants, which is the first of two cycles for the foundation each year. The application deadline for fall grants is October 1.

You can find out how to apply for the grants at centralokanaganfoundation.org.
Taking full advantage of the COF's $75,000 matching donation initiative to the Community Response Fund, long-standing Corporate Fund-holders, the Gorman Group were amongst the first to respond and donated $26,000! Currently total funds raised have surpassed $120,000. The funds will be directed to those extraordinary organizations who do so much for our community every day.

You can't see the Gorman's team smiling under their masks - but they are!

Visit: www.centralokanaganfoundation.org to apply, donate or learn more.
Interested in volunteering in your community? Check out the Volunteer Fair Saturday, September 21st. Brought to you by Central Okanagan Foundation, Interior Savings and the City of Kelowna.
This week, United Way Southern Interior BC will be delivering child car seats across the Southern Interior. Our team of do-gooders are packing up trucks full of child car seats to be delivered to charity partners throughout the Southern Interior destined for families in need. Thanks to presenting sponsor Paul Docksteader Foundation and program partners Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation, Central Okanagan Foundation, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and Kal Tire as well as logistics partners Costco Kelowna, The British Columbia Dragoons, and Ideal Lease. And a multitude of charity partners throughout the region! More info at: https://buff.ly/2L1uSOa
As one of many contributors the Central Okanagan Foundation congratulates Hands in Service for creating The Mobile Dental Hygiene Clinic - a dental RV that will offer its services to eligible low-income, health and mobility-challenged individuals in the Okanagan. Starting with two days a week, the RV will move to different locations around Kelowna to make it more accessible to clients everywhere. It will be run by a pair of registered dental hygienists and have a wheelchair lift for mobility-limited clients.

https://www.handsinservice.ca/dentalrv/
United Way Southern Interior BC
Congratulations to Operation Take Two, a Youth Initiative Grant recipient of 2018, for being invited to CBC’s Dragon’s Den to pitch their compelling project on rethinking waste. Thanks to a grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation and United Way’s GenNext kicking in $300, the student team was able to travel to the Dragons’ Den to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They stand to gain national attention and begin making necessary connections to expand Operation Take Two beyond the Okanagan and impact an even greater positive change in the world.
Way to go! We look forward to watching the episode on CBC later this year.

For more information on this youth-led social enterprise, check out their website: www.operationtaketwo.com
Calling all Community-minded Youth! Central Okanagan Foundation in Partnership with United Way Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen and Gennext Kelowna are offering Youth Initiative Grants of up to $2000 for youth in Central Okanagan and Similkameen! Follow link for more details:
https://www.centralokanaganfoundation.org/grant...
Registration is now open to non-profits for the Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair. This year the event happens on Saturday, September 16th. We'll be back at the Parkinson Recreation Centre showcasing all of the great non-profit organizations looking for volunteers like you!
https://kcr.ca/volunteering/register-now-2017-o... City of Kelowna Central Okanagan Foundation Volinspire #volunteerfair #Canada150
We're committed to giving back to the community!
View the Pledge
#306 - 1726 Dolphin Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 9R9
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Community and Economic Development

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