Thursday, December 4, 2014
Funding Life Changes
Community Endowment Fund sees huge increase
Released by Jason Brown, FWCU/Photo Seline Kutan, executive director of the First West Foundation.
ince its first disbursements in 1998, the Envision Financial Community Endowment has contributed more than $2,718,094 to community programs across the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Kitimat regions.
The allocation of grants for 2014 is now complete, with more than $314,000 distributed to 25 different organizations. Total disbursements this year jumped by more than 55 per cent, an increase of close to $112,000 over 2013’s total.
Funding from the Envision Financial Community Endowment supports projects benefiting vulnerable populations in the Lower Mainland and Kitimat regions of B.C. Additionally, recognizing the opportunity to strengthen the important work being done in the social services sector, grants have also been provided to support organizational development initiatives such as leadership training and workshops to help improve the skills and abilities of staff or volunteers.
“These grants are not just about money,” says Seline Kutan, executive director of the First West Foundation. “They’re about changing lives for vulnerable people in our communities. This year’s projects include funding for parent education sessions on teen drug and alcohol use in Maple Ridge, an anti-bullying program throughout Abbotsford schools and a self-referred anger management program in Delta. It’s incredible to watch the difference the Envision Financial Community Endowment continues to make.”
The $6,400,000-plus Envision Financial Community Endowment was established in 1996 to provide an annual stream of grant money for local charities and initiatives in the communities Envision Financial serves.
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