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KTW Christmas Cheer Fund: A partnership with the BC Interior Community Foundation

Since 1984, the BCICF (formerly the Kamloops Foundation) has supported communities in the Thompson, Nicola and South Cariboo regions

Charities being 
supported this year: 
Y Women’s Emergency Shelter, Kamloops Brain Injury Association, Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism and Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association. To donate, go online to Donations are accepted online thanks to a partnership with the BC Interior Community Foundation. Donations can also be dropped off at the KTW office, at 1365B Dalhousie Dr. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Cheques should be made out to the BC Interior Community Foundation.

New to the KTW Christmas Cheer Fund this year is the partnership with the BC Interior Community Foundation.

“This, obviously, is the first time that we’ve played this role, so clearly we’re thrilled to be there and support not only KTW and its charitable endeavours, but to provide the community with a tax-receipting means of showing their donations and support,” said BC Interior Community Foundation executive director Rob Miller.

Since 1984, the BCICF (formerly the Kamloops Foundation) has supported communities in the Thompson, Nicola and South Cariboo regions.

From health and the environment, to youth and education, to seniors and families and to arts and culture, the BCICF is a champion of community vitality.

Donations to the BCICF are invested in permanent, endowed funds, currently valued at just over $9 million.

The principal is protected (never diminishes) and the annual earned interest income is used to support a wide variety of charities in the region.

The BCICF holds nearly 220 endowed funds and disperses almost $500,000 annually via various grants, scholarships and bursaries.

“We’re the most significant charity you’ve never heard of,” Miller said.

“Everybody knows what a hospital foundation does or a food bank does. Our mission statement is a bit more complex. We do grant dollars to charitable organizations and sponsored non-for-profits. It’s all about championing community sustainability and community vitality.”

Miller explained how the process works for different types of funds:

• Donors give an unrestricted gift to the Smart and Caring Community Fund. In this case, the community foundation makes decisions about how to allocate distributions from the fund toward the greatest needs and priorities;

• Donors establish their own Legacy Fund (a named memorial fund for example). A donor sets up a fund in their name or the name of someone they wish to honour. Donors can choose to distribute grants to any registered Canadian charity or seek assistance from the community foundation for more giving ideas;

• Donors contribute to an existing, designated fund (targeting their preferred sector/field of interest). This may include such organizations as the BC SPCA, local food banks, Kamloops Hospice Association, Western Canada Theatre Society, Kamloops Art Gallery, Royal Inland Hospital and United Way. These funds are distributed on an as-needed basis to provide support for local charitable organizations.

Miller said the foundation likes to encourage the community to “give where you live” through the KTW Christmas Cheer Fund campaign.


VW Turtle Race: $11,000

Tim Shoults: $50

Greg Harris: $25

Nel Sarrasin: $50

Ron & Susan Durant: $100

Dianne Jackson: $50

Anna Evenrude: $50

Willa Dale: $50

Anonymous: 100

John & Val Kemp: $100

Cal & Pat Moulton: $100

Darren, Sharlene & Kyle McIlwain: $158

Anonymous: 50

Darla Flett, in memory of Cheroo Beanut: $50

Anonymous: $100

Kathy Kendall: $200

Gerald & Wendy Patrick, in memory of Kelly Patrick: $100

Jo-Mary & Bob Hunter: $200

Susan Peachey: $50

Gwen Mackinder, in memory of friend Sophia: $50

Sharon Langland, in memory of Sharon & David Frampton: $100

Kamloops Old Time Fiddlers: $100

Bryan White: $100

Vic & Sally Mowbray: $100

Anonymous: $200

Rachel Andrews: 50

Ken & Marylyne House: $100

Simone Werstiuk, in memory of Carmen Werstiuk: $100

Lynne Totten: $100

Don & Debby Erickson: $100

Gary Miller: $100

Brian & Kathy Andriashyk, in memory of Verna Wasylnka: $100

M&W Bronken: $100

Johanna Walters: $25

Rick Bennett: $25

Anna Barton: $50

Lois McAlary, in memory of Sarah McAlary: $150

Sandie & Louise, in memory of Mom, Ross & Carole: $100

Lovely Ladies of the Lake: $200

Wayne & Twink Murphy: $50

Bea Smith: $50

Terry & Doreen Monson: $100

Linda Jackson, in memory of George Wilmot: $100

Norm & Susan McGowan, in memory of Jack Buckham: $100

In memory of Dave & Sandy: $100

Harriett Chave: 100

Sharon Moore, in memory of Tom Moore: $75

Marie & Norio Sakaki: $100

Mavis Paravantes, in memory of Rita Mikuse: $100

M. Colleen Stainton: $200

Anonymous: $300

Anonymous: $100

Anonymous: $25

Anonymous: $100

Anonymous: $500

Abstract Registry: $500

Anonymous: $100

Barbara Sterritt: $100

Phil & Cathy Holman: $100

Spencer & Janet Bryson: $200

Sandra Blakely, in memory of Douglas Blakely: $100

Pat $ Dave McDonald: $100

Eric & Maggie Shishido & Knox, in memory of Mom, Dad, Terry & Dad: $100

Nolan Pastoor Personal Real Estate Corporation: $1,500

James Doan: $1,000

Catherine Masters: $100

Muriel Botham: $100

Sharon Cooley, in memory of Ruth Cooley: $50

John D. & Gail Cameron: $300

The Hausers, in memory of Sam & Dad: $100

Shirley Fish: $50

Carol Armstrong: $100

Naomi & son James Geczi, in memory of David Geczi, son: $25

Naomi Geczi, in memory of Mary Bullard: $25

Total as of Dec. 1: $21,333