Quesnel Community Foundation (QCF) has come a long way since it was established in 2000 with a legacy of $50,000 after hosting the B.C. Winter Games.
As the endowment fund has grown, the QCF has dispersed a percentage of the fund’s annual income through scholarships, bursaries and grants.
One of the most successful donation drives in the past couple of years has been the matching funds challenge which runs the last couple of months of the year and a generous, anonymous donor pledged matching funds up to $50,000. In 2017 that challenge raised $68,500.
This year, including the matching challenge, sponsorships and operating funds the QCF raised $193,000 bringing the endowment fund to approximately $2.7 million.
“We are very thankful for our sustaining partners West Park Dental Clinic, Fraserview Pharmacy, AC&D, Aroma Foods, the Quesnel Cariboo Observer and Willis Harper,” QFC president Mary Sjostrom says.
“And we welcome two new platinum sponsors TD Bank and Canadian Tire. It’s wonderful to see businesses in our community supporting our Community Foundation.”
This year, on Mar. 28, QCF will disperse approximately $82,000 in the form of scholarships, bursaries and grants to 15 eligible projects and on Apr. 7 QCF’s annual Gala Evening invites the public to help celebrate and raise awareness of what they do and how donations assist projects in the community.
“I’m so proud of what our small community has accomplished and those accomplishments are being recognized province wide,” Sjostrom says.
“We received inquiries from other communities looking to establish their own community foundation.”
Again this year, QFC is building on the success of last year’s theme, ‘Under the Big Top’, with a live auction, bucket draws, games and drinks as well as hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
This is a chance to dust off your fancy clothes as its a semi-formal attire. There will fun and games and entertainment by The Magical Jesaja.
The gala event is at the Seniors’ Centre and tickets are available at Circle ‘S’ Western Wear on Reid Street or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the magic starts at 6:30 p.m.
“I’d like to also thank you to all the previous board members, sponsors and donors of Quesnel Community Foundation,” Sjostrom says.
“Their leadership, generosity and support of the QCF has help create a community institution we can all be proud of.”