We are registered charity representing the Columbia Valley in southeastern BC. Our mandate is assist donors fulfill their charitable wishes. We establish endowment funds, whereby donor gifts are invested and the investment income is granted back to the community. The original gift is never touched, so these are gifts that last a lifetime.
We also participate in an initiative with our national organization, Community Foundations of Canada, called Vital Signs. Vital Signs compares "hard" data with community citizen surveys to provide an overview of need in our communities. This helps us make more impactful granting decisions and helps donors understand how their gifts make impact.
It is our participation in the Vital Signs program that necessitates our need for data.