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 bcicf.ca/kamloops-this-week-christmas-cheer-fund. 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.
THANK YOU, DONORS!
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
John & Val Kemp: $100
Cal & Pat Moulton: $100
Darren, Sharlene & Kyle McIlwain: $158
Darla Flett, in memory of Cheroo Beanut: $50
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
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
Abstract Registry: $500
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