Charitable Giving in Squamish

Making the decision to give is easy. Figuring out how and where to allocate your donation can be difficult – but we can help.

Contributing funds to a community foundation comes with flexibility, choice and peace of mind that your contributions will benefit local causes aligned with your values and interests. Also, working with a foundation allows your funds to be pooled with other grants and gifts, therefore having a greater impact.

The Squamish Community Foundation donor services team works with individuals, charities, businesses, and professionals to find the right solution for their funds.

Make a Donation

Donating to the Squamish Community Foundation is easy and there are a variety of ways to contribute. All donations over $10 will receive a charitable tax receipt.

To learn more about SCF’s current Endowment Funds, click here.

CRA Charity Number: 882548902RR0001

Address: Squamish Community Foundation
PO 555, Squamish, BC, V8B 0A5

Contact: Karen Clarke, Executive Director
kclarke@squamishfoundation.com
604-848-8683

Ways to Give

Donating is a great way to both give back to your community and leave a lasting legacy. Whether you intend to donate in honour of a loved one or support a community initiative you’re personally passionate about, let us help you create a personalized charitable giving plan that represents your vision and values. Choose your own local cause to fund or ask our Board of Directors to identify a non-profit on your behalf. There are a number of ways to give as an individual:

  • Personal donation, or a gift during your lifetime either one time, monthly, annually, etc.
  • Bequest, given by way of a will for a specific amount.
  • Life insurance, which can be an ideal way to create a major gift at a relatively low cost to the donor.
  • Gifts of appreciated stock or real estate. Donors can gift securities in kind and thereby receive both the tax receipt and the capital gains exemption.
  • Administrators of existing organizations or trusts may find it practical and efficient to transfer assets to a named fund within the Squamish Community Foundation.
  • A gift In Memorium or In Honor of a person perpetuate the name of a friend or family member.

Set Up an Endowment Fund

There are several types of endowment funds available through the Squamish Community Foundation. We invite you to learn more about the our funds below, then reach out to the donor services team at info@squamishfoundation.com to discuss your options. We would love to build a relationship with you.

Endowed Funds

Endowed funds are invested in perpetuity and grants are made from the income earned on the endowment.

Field of Interest Funds

Often donor advised, some Endowed Funds have a specific field of interest to which the funds can be applied.

Flow Through Funds

From time to time, the SCF receives flow through donations, which are dispersed in a short period of time for a specific purpose.

Named Funds and Donor Advised Funds

We have established guidelines and minimum recommended funding thresholds to establish a named endowment fund.

Contact Us

We would be happy to explain any of these fund types and advise you on what particular fund best suits your giving needs.

Contact Karen Clarke, Executive Director at (604) 848-8683, or email info@squamishfoundation.com.

Learn more about our 2020 Grant Recipients here.

Squamish Community Foundation Funds

Thanks to the generous contributions from corporate and individual donors, we are able to offer a range of funds and scholarships that support the arts, health and wellness, recreation, the environment, and education.
Learn more about these funds and how to become a donor here.

Established Funds in Squamish

Smart and Caring Community Fund

Contributing to general charitable purposes within the Squamish community.
Established by the Board of the Squamish Community Foundation with contributions from the Founder’s circle.

Valhalla Environment Fund

Supporting capital projects which benefit the environment.
Established by the owner of Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Murray Sovereign.

Lloyd and Leona Ingraham Fund

Supporting health and social development in Squamish.
Established by Lloyd and Leona Ingraham in 2005.

Realtors Fund

Supporting social development and housing in Squamish.
Established in 2009 with donations from the realtors of Squamish.

Ray Peters Recreation and Sports Fund

Supporting community recreation, trail development and Outdoor Leadership.
Established in 2006 in memory of Ray Peters, Squamish resident, whose dedication to the establishment of a trail network throughout the community is revered.

Squamish Terminals Fund

Supporting children, youth, and families in Squamish.
Established in 2015 by Squamish Terminals Ltd.

Wild at Art Endowment Fund

Supporting art, culture, and heritage in Squamish. Established in 2010 by Wild at Art.

Music Making Fund

Supporting musical education and expression in Squamish including activities and events with a focus on inclusivity and diversity.
Established in 2018 by Margaret Fellowes.

Dollie Strelaeff Fund

In her will, Dollie requested that her fund support the BC Cancer Foundation (30%), the Arthritis Society–BC and Yukon Division (30%), and Hilltop House under the Squamish Hospital Foundation (40%). Established in 2020.

General Operating Fund

This fund supports the operations of the Squamish Community Foundation.

Donations are always welcome for the General Operating Fund. While the Fund is not available for community grants, it provides vital support to the SCF’s staff and programs.

Sea to Sky Hospice Society Fund

Supporting compassionate care for all Sea to Sky residents with life limiting illness and ongoing support for their loved ones. Donations to this fund ensures continued support for those facing end of life, caregivers, and those grieving the loss of a loved one through hospice programs such as support groups, counselling, community connection and bereavement packages. 

Established in 2021 by the Sea to Sky Hospice Society.

Ron Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Annual scholarship of $1000 to a Grade 12 student from the Squamish region who is registered to attend a post-secondary institution to pursue education in Political Science, Business, or Transportation, and has demonstrated service to the community.

Established by Squamish Terminals in memory of Ron Anderson, former Squamish Terminals President and CEO, who lost his battle with cancer in August, 2016. Ron was a dedicated volunteer and was awarded Citizen of the Year in 2015 for his long-time commitment to the community.

Robert W. McIntosh Memorial Scholarship Fund

Awarded to a graduating student in Squamish who is registered at a post-secondary institution and has demonstrated proficiency in all areas of scholarship, athletics and citizenship.

Established by friends and family in memory of Bob McIntosh who died December 31, 1997. Squamish Off Road Triathlon proceeds are contributed to this fund each year.

Thank You to Our Donors

The Board of Directors and Executive Team would like to express our sincere gratitude to all our donors, past and present. Your ongoing contributions support vital programs in our community and help enhance the quality of life for all its members. Thank you!

2020 Donors

  • Annick Tremblay-Forest
  • District of Squamish
  • Doug Hackett
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Heather Evans
  • Margaret Fellowes
  • Marianne Wilson
  • Michael and Terra Gaddes
  • Muff Hackett
  • Patricia Riecker
  • PayPal Giving Fund Canada
  • Provincial Employees Community Services Fund
  • Richard Harrison
  • Roger Shirt
  • Squamish Terminals
  • Valhalla Pure Outfitters (Squamish)
  • Western Stevedoring
  • All other anonymous donors

Endowment Fund Establishments

  • District of Squamish
  • Douglas Race, Katy Hutchison and Peter Hotston
  • Lloyd and Leona Ingraham
  • Margaret Fellowes
  • Murray Sovereign
  • Squamish Terminals