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Logo of Community Foundation of the South Okanagan SimilkameenCommunity Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen
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

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  • 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
Lower Similkameen Community Services Society
South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society
Ryga Festival Society
Penticton Seniors' Drop In Centre Society
South Similkameen Museum Society
Penticton & District Community Arts Council
Stories of our community involvement
Our neighbours in Princeton need our support if you can please give. Donate to the Princeton Flood Relief Fund at www.cfso.net
The year 2020 stormed in and shook up the Nonprofit sector causing many organizations to deliver their critical programs and services while experiencing an extreme loss of revenue and with increased stress on employees. According to Imagine Canada’s sector monitoring report, 45% of charities are now reporting that while there is an increase in demand for their services, this demand is growing faster than their capacity.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the Nonprofit sector, six local charitable partners have collaborated to create an innovative funding program called, The Sustainable Recovery Grant. The local funders include United Way Southern Interior BC, Interior Savings, Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, and Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen .
The Sustainable Recovery Grants program responds directly to the emerging and shifting needs of charities in the Southern Interior region of BC. While it is unusual for funders to work together in this way, the group recognizes that without support to specifically explore sustainable revenue models and strong internal capacity, our Nonprofits are at risk. The program provides grants for coaching and support focused on resilience and recovery in four key areas: revenue, operations, people and impact.
The 2021 Sustainability Grants have been awarded to seven charitable organizations for customized coaching and support through Purppl’s Resilience & Recovery Program, enabling recipients to focus on their specific sustainability needs and opportunities.
2021 SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY GRANT RECIPIENTS:
Canadian Mental Health Association- Vernon
The Clubhouse Farm
Connect Counselling & Therapy
Grist Mill and Gardens
Indigeneyez / Kinshift
Kelowna's Gospel Mission
Penticton Recovery Resource Society (Discovery House)

For more information visit, www.cfno.org/srg.
There are just two weeks left to apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant!
What is your idea to deepen connections right where we live?
The application is easy and fast.
Check-out www.cfso.net
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!?
As the COVID-19 pandemic rolls into its second-year many frontline workers are feeling physically exhausted. They put on their masks and go to work every day because they don’t have the option of working from home.
Workers in health care, law enforcement, emergency responders, care home workers, grocery store clerks, pharmacists, and many more working the front lines are experiencing the pressures of the pandemic, day after day. Along with work stresses, they face the same challenges as the rest of us, changes in household income, kids and schooling hurdles, aging parents, and personal health issues - to name a few. Due to the increased demands the pandemic has had on the personal and professional lives of frontline workers, many are feeling overwhelmed and burnt out.
The Front Line Hero Appreciation Initiative was initiated by the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan in partnership with Central Okanagan Foundation, Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, Canadian Mental Health Association , and horse-assisted therapists across the region – as a way for the community to say thank you to frontline workers, by offering them a way to care for themselves.
Horse-assisted Therapy is a proven method for treating people who are experiencing stress and anxiety for various reasons. Clients working with a professional therapist, who is also a horse expert, can grow their own emotional awareness and transfer the learning that takes place with the horses into their everyday lives.
Annika Voeltz, an experienced Horse-assisted Therapist, explains, “Whoever you are and whatever you are experiencing being with horses offers you a new perspective to life. Horses communicate with your very core, so everything on the outside, whether it’s stress, distractions, or the layers you are putting on to protect yourself from life, simply seem to disappear and let you focus on your priorities.”
With support from the community, Horse-assisted Therapy can be offered to any frontline worker at no cost to them. None of us should be dealing with mental health on our own, especially our frontline workers.
Donations are being accepted online at www.cfno.org, every $75 donation funds one appreciation session.
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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