Donor Stories

With more than 100 funds under management, the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen has  many great donors with interesting stories to tell.  However, some of our donors are quiet about their philanthropy and, of course, we work hard to respect each donor’s right to privacy.

However, we have a few donors who were happy to share their story, their motivation, and their passion.

Harold & Donna Schellenberg Fund

Harold & Donna Schellenberg have been passionate supporters of the Okanagan Symphony in Penticton for more than 4o years. Their commitment to the Symphony comes from a genuine love of music, of live performance, and of cultural vitality and diversity in our community.  For years, Harold & Donna made contributions to the Okanagan Symphony Society-Penticton Branch Fund… read more…

Flora & Harold Hoey Fund

Harold and Flora met at the United Church in Penticton and married in 1980.  When Flora passed away in 2005, her husband Harold wanted to give something back to the community where they both lived, that would honour her life-long commitment to education…. read more…

Patricia and Murray Craig Memorial Endowment Fund

Patti and Murray Craig of Penticton were active in their local community and found a great deal of joy donating time to a worthwhile cause. When Murray died in August of 2012 Patti wanted to continue to give something back to the community but she wanted to ensure that it would serve as a personal memorial to her late husband…. read more…

Meiklejohn Family Fund

Many long-time Penticton residents are probably familiar with the last name Meiklejohn, which established its first architecture firm in the city more than 60 years ago. The couple adopted that same mindset when they started the Meiklejohn Family Fund through the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan-Similkameen in September of 2001……read more..

Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund

When Peter Haubrich’s wife, Thea, died in September of 2013 following a series of strokes that began the previous year, Peter wanted to make certain that her goal of teaching others a special art form would continue…read more..