Message from our Board Chair & Executive Director
When our 16 founding families started the Central Okanagan Foundation with a commitment of $80,000 in 1977, they could not have imagined that as of August 31st, 2016, COF would have over $30 million under stewardship and have distributed more than $10 million into our communities. We have come a very long way in the last four decades. Because of our abiding belief in the importance of building for the future, Central Okanagan Foundation is pleased to announce we are able to distribute over $1,000,000 into our communities in the coming year. Read more...
Kelowna Museums Society
The vision of the Kelowna Museums Society is to inspire a community to be alive with its history, connecting people and place. They strive to provide the public with educational exhibitions and programs that foster personal participation, stimulate curiosity, and engage the senses with the cultures, histories, and possibilities of the Okanagan Region. Read more...
The Lake Country Food Bank
The Lake Country Food Bank, operated by the Lake Country Food Assistance Society, has been in operation since the mid-1970s, and has served the community as a registered charity since 1988. The Lake Country Food Assistance Society aids all those in need of assistance, ranging from children to seniors, families, single parents, and everyone in-between. They are entirely volunteer operated and currently serve 500 to 600 people each month. Approximately 6% of the population of Lake Country, one-third of which are children, relies on assistance from the local food bank. Read more...
To see all of the agencies we granted to in 2015/2016, click here.
Fund Holder Profiles
Evan Guthrie Scholarship Fund
Evan Guthrie connected with the Central Okanagan Foundation in January 2016. He is an incredible student-athlete and wanted to find a way to give back to the community that has supported him, and continues to support him, as he pursues his education and sporting career. Evan grew up in the Okanagan and has participated in a variety of sports from a young age; everything from rugby to volleyball and many others in between, but biking is the sport that has stuck with him. Read more...
Thompson Okanagan Dental Society Fund
The purpose of the Thompson Okanagan Dental Society (TODS) is to promote a high standard in the practice of dentistry, encourage the improvement of the health of the public, promote the art and science of dentistry and to hold educational meetings. In 2015, Gayle Faigan approached COF to discuss the goal of establishing a legacy for the TODS Fundraising initiatives. Read more...
To view our full list of endowment funds, click here.
To view a complete list of all of our donors, click here.
2015/2016 Board of Directors
Board of Directors from Back, left to right: Bruce Davies (Executive Director), Karen Hill, Craig Gronsdahl, Alison Moscrop, Steven Tuck, Jill Hilderman, Gwen Zilm, Peter Borszcz, Brian Sanders
From the front, left to right: Melanie Hall-Szyszkiewicz, Sharon McCoubrey
Regrets: Kerry Rempel & Chad Krahn
Click here to read Board Member profiles.
To view a full list of our committees, please click here.
2015/2016 STAFF TEAM
Staff Team from left to right: Rory Nugent, Cheryl Miller, Mia Burgess, Molly Raposo, Joanne Carey, & Bruce Davies
Visit our Staff Page for more details and contact information.
To view our full Audited Financial Statements for year ended August 2016, click here.
The Central Okanagan Foundation is undertaking a number of initiatives to celebrate our 40th Anniversary.
40 presentations to the community: In 2017, COF strives to make 40 presentations to community organizations to share information about the foundation, our history, and how to get involved with us.
Celebration Video: We have produced a short video to show at the beginning of our PowerPoint presentation which highlights our history and where we are headed in the future. You will hear from a number of founding families as well as our current Board Chair.
Commemorative Magazine: We are producing a 40th Anniversary magazine to capture key moments throughout our history, from humble beginnings to extraordinary present day distributions and where we are headed in the years to come.
Volunteer Spirit Scholarship Fund: To commemorate our 40th anniversary, we have created 4 endowment funds of $40,000 each to support annual scholarships in the 4 geographic communities we serve; Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna, and Lake Country. Click here for full details.