Colin Sauer and Matt Beckett of the Comox Valley Community Foundation present Audrey Craig of The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association with an Agency Fund cheque. (Photo from 2019.)

Colin Sauer and Matt Beckett of the Comox Valley Community Foundation present Audrey Craig of The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association with an Agency Fund cheque. (Photo from 2019.)

Comox Valley Community Foundation celebrates National Philanthropy Day with distribution of more than $250k

National Philanthropy Day (Nov. 15) is a celebration of philanthropy – giving, volunteering and charitable engagement – that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy makes to our community and our world. It is a day to celebrate not only our achievements, but also the promise of a better tomorrow.

“On this special day, the Comox Valley Community Foundation would like to express its appreciation both to our donors for their long-term vision and support of this community, and to all those who work within the not-for-profit and charitable sectors for their service to our community,” said Matt Beckett, president of the Comox Valley Community Foundation.

To mark Philanthropy Day, CVCF will be distributing a total of $255,725 from its Agency and Designated endowed funds to 18 organizations who will use the funds to address priorities, fund programming and support post-secondary students.

As an example, through the foresight of Miss Catherine Mary (Mamie) Aitken, who entrusted CVCF with the proceeds of her estate, creating the Catherine Mary Aitken & Elizabeth Cherry Aitken Fund, North Island College students will be the beneficiaries of more than $47,000 in scholarships and bursaries in the coming year.

The Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, Comox Valley Hospice Society and CVCF will receive similar amounts from the Aitken Fund, allowing each organization to carry out its work to address health and community needs.

The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association established its Agency Fund in 1999, setting dollars aside to sustain its operations in the future. As a result, each year the association receives the income earned on its fund and is able to use those funds at its discretion for current initiatives.

Founded in 1996, the Comox Valley Community Foundation is an independent charity registered with Canada Revenue Agency, dedicated to enriching life in the Comox Valley forever. With the support of local families, businesses and organizations who have created endowed funds, the CVCF has awarded more than $3.2 million to over 170 local non-profits and 230 students.

For further information, or to learn more about how you can make an impact, please visit www.cvcfoundation.org or call 250-338-8444.

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