Written by Tzaddi, June 29th, 2009

In spite of a downturn in the investment sector of the economy, through prudent management of funds, the ongoing generosity of the Sunshine Coast community and a timely donation of funds from the Sechelt Community Projects Inc. the Foundation was able to give grants to 16 recipients at the June 15 ceremony.

The Foundation was founded in 2003 with the mission to contribute to the quality of life on the Sunshine Coast. Since its inception the Foundation has received $500,000. It now has 18 endowment funds with another in the wings. Each endowment requires a donor or donors to commit $5,000 or more to a particular endowment. There are many different types of endowments but generally they are either specific as to the field of interest for grants or not. Since 2003 the Foundation has made over 60 grants to local charities. Sunshine Coast
Community Foundation is philanthropy in action on the Sunshine Coast.

Foundation chair, Peter Bogardus took great pleasure in announcing the charities helped by local generosity at this year’s celebration of philanthropy.

As in past years the Jean and Arthur Clarke Endowment Fund chose the Gibsons Parents and Tots program, represented by Patrice Pollack to receive their grant.

The Gibsons Jazz Festival was the beneficiary of a grant from the John Vance Legacy Fund. Lee Ann Johnson presented the grant in her late partner’s honour to Linda Williams of the Festival.
The Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Employees Endowment chose the Arrowhead Centre Society to receive their grant.

In the first of the Agency Funds, Community Foundation director Richard Wilson presented the Sunshine Coast Community Services fund to Vicki Dobbyn and Fred Taylor, chair of the board of Community Services.

The Doris Crowston Memorial Endowment was presented by Gael Johstone, Foundation director to Frances Wasserlein, Executive Director of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council.

The Marie Steel Memorial Endowment was presented by Claudia Ferris representing the Sechelt Community Projects Inc. to Wendy Hunt, chair of the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts.

The Music for Youth Endowment will be used to make a grant to a young person on the Coast. This is a fl ow through grant from Coast Cultural Alliance.

The Shirley Macey Accessible Park Playground project received a grant presented by Quinn Runkle, chair of the Foundation’s Youth SCOOP Committee.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver received a grant presented by Barrie and Frances Stewart, accepted by Pat Wenger of Big Brothers.

The Cedar Grove Parents Advisory Council’s Wheelchair Accessible Park initiative received a grant from donors Terry and Sandy McBride.

Nicole and Henny Hagedorn presented a grant to the Child and Youth Suicide Prevention Committee, a part of Sunshine Coast Community Services for “Who you are makes a difference” project.

Dale Eichar CEO of the Sunshine Coast Credit Union presented a grant to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for a solar scope for its solar astronomy education program.

Margaret Page, Foundation director presented a grant to the Sunshine Coast Community Orchestra.

Elfie Hofmann, Foundation director gave a grant to the Sunshine Coast Teen Parent Education Society to replace chairs for toddlers and preschool age children.

The Sunshine Coast Figure Skating Club received a grant for a jump harness for the club. Bill and Heather Beamish presented the grant.

The Pender Harbour Music Festival received a grant from Barrie Wilbee, Foundation director for its world premier of Pender Harbour Suite at this year’s 5th anniversary of the Chamber Music Festival.