Donating to the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation
4. Where does the Foundation get its money (who gives)?
5. Where does the money go?
6. How can I give?
7. How are Funds managed?
8. Does SCCF hold a fund raising campaign?
9. Why should I choose the SCCF for my charitable giving?
Granting to the Community
10. Who is eligible for grants from the Foundation?
11. What types of projects or activities are supported?
12. Who or what is not supported?
13. Do I need other sources of funds?
14. How does my organization apply for a grant?
15. Are there post grant requirements?
16. How does the Foundation engage in community leadership?
Community Foundations are one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic networks dedicated to building and strengthening communities in Canada.
The Foundation is an organization overseen by a twelve member Board of Directors, comprised of respected citizens from the Sunshine Coast and managed by a part-time Executive Director. The Board determines policy and provides direction to committees made up of Board members and other volunteer experts from the community. The skills, reputation, credibility and experience of our Board ensures the successful operation on the Foundation. (see About Us)
The foundation was incorporated under the British Columbia Society Act in 2003 (S-45744) and registered as a charity with the Canada Revenue Agency in the same year. (Charitable Tax # 89608 6105 RR0001) (see About Us)
Individuals from all walks of life give many types of gifts, including cash, securities, gift by will, annuities, real estate, art work. Donors can choose to support their community broadly or designate a favorite cause or charity. Flexibility is the key. The Foundation provides many services to donors to help them make the most of their charitable gifts. Corporations also make donations to demonstrate their commitment and support for the community. Charities also place their endowment funds with the Foundation in order to benefit from greater returns on their investments. All donations receive a receipt for income tax purposes. (see Donate Now)
The Foundation itself is not the object of most donor’s philanthropy, but is the vehicle by which donors can fulfill their charitable objectives. We create permanent funds called endowments that are carefully invested and use the earnings from endowments to make grants to charities on the Sunshine Coast. Through our granting programs the Foundation is committed to seeding, nurturing, supporting and strengthening the community. Grants are made only to non-for-profit organizations recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as registered charities. (see our list of endoments and grants awarded to date)
Your gift, big or small, can address the community issues you care most about or you can leave it up to the Foundation to decide where your gift can be best used to help the Sunshine Coast. You can also establish your own family named fund to honor the family or the memory of a family member, or a company (business) named fund. The first step is to contact us so that you can get more information on fund types and which one(s) best suit your wishes and needs. (see Ways to Give)
Our endowment funds are professionally invested through a fund manager, in diverse portfolios to ensure that they are managed wisely and profitably. All investments are subject to an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) screen.
The Sunshine Coast Community Foundation does not run a major fundraising campaign in any usual sense. The main source for donations, and thus the major focus, is through building endowments.
Grants are made to non-for-profit organizations recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as registered charities or qualified donees, whose services or activities directly benefit the citizens of the Sunshine Coast. Under special circumstances, a non-charity may arrange a partnering relationship with a registered charity. (see Grants)
Browse through our Grant Recipients page for a look at some of the projects that have previously received funding from the Foundation. (see Grants)
We support the following fields of interest:
We also have specific funds to support fibre arts and choral music.
The concept of ‘community capacity building’ is the cornerstone of our community grants program. See our granting guidelines for details. (see Grants)
The SCCF does not support:
The SCCF prefers not to be the sole funder. However, from time to time, we will provide full funding for a project but only when it is evident that there are no other avenues for funding and the project is seen by the SCCF to be high priority. (see Grants)
The SCCF has a two-stage application process. The first stage is the submission of a ‘letter of intent’ to determine basic suitability. The second stage requires the submission of a more detailed formal grant application. The Foundation grants once a year, the process running from February to the end of April. (see Grants)
Yes. First, after the grant is awarded, the recipient is expected to follow some specified performance and management procedures. And, second, the recipient must provide a report within one year after receiving the grant outlining the use made of the funds. (see Grants)
The SCCF provides leadership in the community by identifying local issues and by bringing people together, often in partnership with other community organizations, to address those issues.