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The Community Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of thirteen community leaders who collectively represent the broad public interest and diversity of all communities in ...
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390 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

Top employee causes

  • Youth Development

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Family Care

  • Environment

  • Youth Development

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Family Care

  • Environment

Social Mission
We make beneficial and lasting improvements by connecting gifts of energy, ideas, time and money with the needs and opportunities of our communities.
Some of the organizations we support
Penticton Access Centre
Pathways Addictions Resource Centre
Lower Similkameen Community Services Society
Henning Emergency Clinic of Kindness (H.E.C.K. Dental Clinic)
St. Saviour's Community Meal
Critteraid Animal Sanctuary
Stories of our community involvement
Apply for up to $500 and "do some good" in your neighbourhood or rural community!
Anyone with a creative idea that strengthens their community is encouraged to visit www.cfso.net. The application deadline for a Neighbourhood Small Grant is June 30.
Projects must follow BC Provincial Covid-19 Health Orders.
What's your great idea!?
CFSOS welcomes community champions to help with the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program. Volunteers will share the NSG opportunity in their community, help review grant applications, have fun and be inspired!
Past AND future NSG project leaders may share their skills on the committee. Contact Kim English for more details kimenglish@cfso.net
Community Foundation North Okanagan has partnered with six other Southern BC Community Foundations to provide $1,562,140 to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19.
This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s new $31 million Healthy Communities Initiative. This investment by the federal government will support community-led organizations in developing local, small-scale infrastructure projects that respond to the immediate needs arising from COVID-19, while building towards a more pandemic-resilient future.
The Healthy Communities Initiative will fund eligible projects that fall under three main themes:
- creating safe and vibrant public spaces
- improving mobility options
- digital solutions
The goal is to fund projects that can quickly help communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 as they continue to navigate the pandemic.
Organizations interested in submitting an application are encouraged to visit www.cfno.org/chci to learn more about the program, eligibility criteria and how to apply. Organizations can also register to attend information sessions on the program.
The application period for the first round of funding closes on March 9, 2021 at 5:00PM PST. A second application period for funding will take place starting in May 2021.
Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen
Central Okanagan Foundation
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...
Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen Awards $140,930 in Grants Through the Emergency Community Support Fund.

CFSOS is proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver more than $140,000 through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in the South Okanagan Similkameen region.
Since launching in May 2020, the ECSF – administered by CFSOS – has granted a total of $140,930 to charities and qualified donees. These grants will support vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. A total of 17 projects were funded, supporting children, youth, seniors, vulnerable workers, those requiring special care and supports and marginalized populations.
The following organizations received funding through ECSF:
• Penticton Resource Recovery Society
• Penticton & Area Access Centre
• CMHA-SOS
• DragonFly Pond Society
• Henning Emergency Clinic of Kindness
• Neil Squire Society
• Salvation Army Foodbank
• South Okanagan Loss Society
• Desert Valley Hospice
• OSNS
• Erris Creek Volunteer Firefighters
• Crohn’s & Colitis Society of BC
• Good Samaritan Society
• Canadian Cancer Society
• OneSky Community Resources Society
• Osoyoos Seniors Centre
• Princeton & District Community Services
CFSOS has now granted their full funding available through the ECSF and is no longer accepting applications.
Stay tuned for details of upcoming grant opportunities at www.cfso.net
We're committed to giving back to the community!
View the Pledge
390 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

Top employee causes

  • Youth Development

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Family Care

  • Environment

  • Youth Development

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Family Care

  • Environment

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