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Community Foundations Month September 2021: SurreyCares distributed $59,340 in the Annual Grant Cycle to 22 Not-For-Profits for local projects

Surrey – SurreyCares Community Foundation announced its Annual Community Grant Recipients for 2021.

A total of $59,340.61 was distributed to 22 not-for-profit organizations that support the Surrey community. Grants were chosen in three categories: general community, special needs, and youth projects. Additional grants were made from donor-advised funds including a special Youth Philanthropy Initiative Grant.  Youth and Community Grants were significantly oversubscribed this year.

As was the case in 2020, the live awards ceremony, hosted by FVN’s Don Lehn, was cancelled due to the pandemic.

To learn more about each recipient, and their projects, visit here

About Community Foundations Month 2021:

September has been formally proclaimed as Community Foundations Month in British Columbia. The initiative aims to educate British Columbians about community foundations’ role in supporting non-profits and charities in their community. Grantmaking is one activity that Community Foundations undertake in partnership with donors.

“We want to bring this important month to the forefront as community foundations in BC allow citizens to give back to their local communities in a way that builds a sustainable source of funding,” said Christine Buttkus, Executive Director of the SurreyCares Community Foundation. “This year in particular Community Foundations Month is also a month to acknowledge the important work of volunteers, charities, and not-for-profit organizations across our province who have done such extraordinary work supporting our communities during the pandemic.”

British Columbia is home to 49 of Canada’s 191 community foundations. Therefore, they make significant philanthropic contributions to their communities across the province. 

Community foundations work with donors and partners to create permanent endowment funds and then use the income to support local charities. The original capital is endowed so that it generates investment income in perpetuity. Community foundations help guide volunteer efforts and financial support to where they will have the greatest impact.  We also work to convene local partners and facilitate dialogue around issues of importance to the community. 

John Lawson, Board Chair of SurreyCares Community Foundation invites you to reach out, “Let us help you, help those charities that do amazing work in our community – reach out to find out how.” 

SurreyCares Community Foundation invites citizens and businesses to share their passion for the community by supporting the Smart and Caring Surrey Community Fund.  Together we can make a difference.

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