First to place their trust in the Community Foundation were founding donors Penticton Rotary Club, City of Penticton, HSBC, and Vancouver Foundation who collectively gave $200 thousand. The Community Foundation gave back to the community for the first time in 1994, distributing $2,600 generated by the early funds to six charitable agencies.
By the late 1990’s, interest in the Community Foundation grew and the mandate was expanded to encompass all communities throughout the Regional District of South Okanagan-Similkameen. Our name was changed to the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan |Similkameen and the constitution, bylaws and policies were re-written to acknowledge the unique identity of all communities in the region. By branching out, all people in the region are now offered the opportunity to cultivate, grow and share permanent legacies to support their own personal charitable objectives.
The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan |Similkameen is now a living legacy firmly rooted in the communities it serves. Since its inception, over 100 Funds have been established, the value of which currently exceeds $9.9 million. Over $325 thousand is now granted annually, enriching the quality of life by supporting a broad range of charitable agencies whose programs encompass a wide variety of programs that meet evolving needs and opportunities.
The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen is also a proud member of the Community Foundations of Canada.
Our foundation makes beneficial and lasting improvements by connecting gifts of energy, ideas, time and money with the needs and opportunities of our communities.