We hope this finds all of you well. The past nine months have felt somewhat surreal. The pandemic has tremendously impacted all of us, from the way we work and live our day to day lives, to how we socialize and communicate with our loved ones. For most of us, we have managed although it has been an isolating, sad and uncertain time. 

However, for the most vulnerable members of our community – our seniors and elders both in care and at home, those with diversabilities, those having lost their jobs, those without a place to call home, and those facing food insecurity – the past nine months have been terrifying. Comox Valley frontline charities and not for profits have provided essential services and programs to ease the uncertainty and hardship for our most vulnerable neighbours and CVCF is very grateful to have been able to provide financial assistance.

And we could not have done that without you. We remain grateful for your support, your compassion and your passion for our community. Our work to enrich life in the Comox Valley forever continues because of you.

As we alluded to in our opening, grant making has been our primary focus since March. We were able to distribute $400,000 to local charities and not for profit organizations within the first four months of the pandemic, through our public appeal for COVID-19 relief funds, by working with the Comox Valley Regional District and local service organizations, by working with other public foundations such as Vancouver Foundation and the Nanaimo Foundation, and by partnering with the United Way of Central and Northern Vancouver Island to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund.

We were also able to facilitate the distribution of sanitizer to local frontline organizations as a result of the very generous donations from Wayward Distillery and Canadian Tire Courtenay.

We launched CVCF’s own 2021 Community Enrichment grant process in August, which will see the earnings realized from donor funds invested in local charities and not-for-profit agencies, assisting those organizations in their work to address the needs of our community.

For our 2021 grants, our focus remains on serving vulnerable populations as well as supporting those organizations whose financial situations were disproportionally impacted by the pandemic, as well as supporting organizations working to adapt their programs and services. We received 56 applications totalling close to $575,000. 

In January, 25 organizations will be the beneficiaries of Community Enrichment Grants totalling $225,289. You are invited to join us at a virtual celebration, which will be held on Wednesday, January 27. Further details will be forthcoming, but please reserve the date.

For a look back at projects CVCF supported throughout 2020, please view our Impact Videos.

Susan Auchterlonie

Executive Director, Comox Valley Community Foundation

Enriching Life in the Comox Valley Forever

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.

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