Within our Constitution we have three pillars of purpose: to create endowments, to grant funds, and to provide leadership to the community. Here is the specific wording on the third point:
a. without intending to influence public opinion, to, from time to time, provide a forum and information to members of the community to assist the community to consider its priorities and address its emerging and existing needs relating to the relief of poverty, educational needs, social welfare and health issues, programs for the aged, the disabled, preservation and protection of the environment, advancement of the arts, prevention of delinquency, and substance abuse.
One of the most impactful projects we undertake is the production of the Vital Signs Report. These reports are a snapshot of our community which presents our challenges and celebrates our accomplishments. Full Vital Signs reports were published in 2009, 2011, and 2014. In each of 2010 2012, 2016, and 2017, we published two-page updates on information relevant to those years. In 2019 we published a 10th anniversary Vital Brief highlighting some trends in indicators of community health.
In addition, the Foundation is a leader in bringing resources and expertise to the Coast:
- In partnership with the Coast Resource Centre, the Foundation convened a "Vital Conversation on Belonging" in October 2017. The report from that workshop is available for download below.
- In 2014 we facilitated the My Health, My Community public consultation workshops in partnership with the Sunshine Coast branch of Vancouver Coast Health.
- In May 2010 SCCF convened "Attracting, Retaining and Engaging Young Adults on the Sunshine Coast" to deal with gaps related to young people on the Sunshine Coast. From this initiative the group Voice on the Coast, an advocate for the younger generation, was established.
- In March 2006 we lead the Sunshine Coast Water Summit.