Sunshine Coast Foundation provides stable and sustainable financial support to charitable organizations from Port Mellon to Egmont, BC. We offer donors the opportunity to increase their impact by pooling the gifts we receive and carefully investing them. Each year, we use the earnings on our investments to provide funding to local charities. We help to connect donors with the causes that inspire them and the charities that are having the greatest positive impact. Our Vital Signs program compiles current and relevant research to help local organizations and decision-makers understand the issues and trends facing our Sunshine Coast community.
Sunshine Coast Foundation is a member of Community Foundations of Canada, a network of nearly 200 foundations supporting their local communities from coast to coast to coast. We are also accredited by the Standards Program of Imagine Canada, donors’ assurance that the Sunshine Coast Foundation operates to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.
The Sunshine Coast Foundation stewards 70+ endowed funds, the capital of which is permanently invested, and the earnings from which support grants to local charities. Agency endowments are established by charities to provide a reliable stream of funding for their operations. The Botanical Garden Society, Hospice Society, Community Services Society, Arts Council, and four local food banks are some of the 23 local groups that receive annual grants from these endowments.
Other endowments support our annual granting program. Each spring, the Foundation invites applications from local charities for grants of up to $7,500. We have supported 70 such initiatives in 2020 and 2021.
In 2020, the Sunshine Coast Foundation began offering multi-year funding. We awarded $20,000 each to the Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Society and Sunshine Coast Community Services Society. These grants are renewable in 2021 and 2022, providing reliable income that is increasing the capacity of these organizations to address housing affordability and food security, two of the challenges facing our community.
With the onset of the global pandemic, the Foundation established a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund that granted $166,260 to local charities.
Since 2005, the Sunshine Coast Foundation granted more than $2 Million to local charities.