There are just a few days left to send in your donations to the Quesnel Community Foundation’s annual donation drive. The foundation only asks for contributions once a year, and the 2020 campaign closes on Dec. 13.
“Despite the many challenges of 2020, the community has been very generous and we’ve had a good campaign,” says current president Mary Sjostrom.
An anonymous donor and former Quesnel resident has committed to match every dollar donated to this year’s campaign, up to $50,000. That means if the Foundation is able to raise $50,000 from other donors, they’ll actually receive $100,000!
“In this challenging year we welcome any donation, large or small. Our campaign has been very successful in years’ past, and we’re so grateful to the community for supporting us once again.”
Trusted for 20 years to build community
In addition to the endowment fund launched two decades ago as a legacy of the BC Winter Games (and sustained by continued support from resident donations) the Quesnel Community Foundation adjudicated funds from the Foundation of Canada and the Vancouver Foundation related to COVID-19 relief. These one-time funds went directly to nonprofits in the community, supporting recovery efforts in vulnerable populations affected by the pandemic.
The Foundation uses the annual donation drive to fund grants, scholarships and bursaries in the community. While donations to other charities may go across the province or around the world, your donation to the Quesnel Community Foundation stays right here at home.
“We’re supporting the community that’s giving to us. All of our donations are given back to the community — it’s all local,” Sjostrom says.
Catch the campaign before it’s gone!
- Tax receipts are issued for any donation over $25.
- Donate online at quesnelfoundation.ca, over email using an Interac e-transfer, mail your cheque to P.O. Box 4158, Quesnel BC, V2J 3J2, or call 250-985-1612 to arrange a cash donation.
- The 2020 Donation Drive runs from Oct. 15 – Dec. 13.
Granting process is open!
The 2021 Grant cycle is now open — get your proposals in before 5 p.m. on Jan. 29.
“Last year we decided to extend the granting process to give everyone a little extra time over the holidays,” Sjostrom says. “It’s open from December 1 to January 29.”
Read all the instructions at quesnelfoundation.ca/receive. Grants awarded by the Quesnel Community Foundation support nonprofit organizations and registered charity projects that benefit residents of Quesnel and the surrounding North Cariboo. Past projects have supported the arts, education, environment, recreation and social programs; see a full list of past projects at quesnelfoundation.ca/receive/funded_projects.