Vision, Mission, Values, & Areas of Granting

Vision

Together, making our communities even better places to live, work, and play, now and forever.


Mission

We build permanently invested endowment funds, provide grants to qualified donees to address local community needs, and offer positive leadership to explore community priorities.


Values: CFKR CARES

  • Community:
    • We are deeply rooted in our communities. We love where we live, including our favourite mountaintops, lakes, rivers, and trails. We love the people in our communities and all the things they love to do. This is why we provide grants to the widest possible range of eligible organizations and activities, to make our communities even better places to live, work, and play.
  • Accountability:
    • We are accountable to our donors, endowment fund holders, grant recipients, and the community at large. We strive to be transparent and accurate in all our communications in order to clearly demonstrate our accountability. Our board of local volunteers ensures that we stay on track. A key aspect of our core business is to be accountable for and an excellent steward of each and every donor dollar.
  • Responsiveness:
    • We keep our ear to the ground. We have our fingers on the pulse of our communities. We strive to keep current with local issues and emerging needs. Our non-designated funds give us the flexibility to respond to new priorities through our annual granting. We are always open to establishing new funds, as opportunities arise.
  • Excellence:
    • We strive for excellence in all we do, seeking to be a positive leader in our communities.
  • Sustainability:
    • We offer a long-term approach to charitable giving. We invite donors to help create a lasting legacy that will benefit current and future generations.

Areas of Granting

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies takes a broad and inclusive view of what a community is, and provides grants to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives in the areas of:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity, and Sports
  • Programs for Seniors
  • Social and Health Services


Board and Staff

Board of Directors

  • David Struthers, President
  • Carol Hatala, Vice-President
  • Ken Lo, Treasurer
  • Lorraine Frocklage, Secretary
  • Michele Bates
  • Chad Murray
  • Lisa Barnes
  • Sean Campbell
  • Jeremy Mitchell
  • Cary Swanson
  • Murray Knipfel
  • Angela Gordon
  • Karla Graff

 

External Volunteers

  • Norma Blissett (City of Cranbrook Council Liaison)
  • Katherine Hough
  • Lee-Ann Crane
  • James Letcher
  • Marion Eunson
  • Tarralin Hanson
  • Graham Longpre
  • Neil Cook
  • Wayne Eburne
  • Corinne Friesen

 

Staff

  • Lynnette Wray, Executive Director


Committees

 

CFKR Grant Making Committee

  • Carol Hatala (Chair)
  • Michele Bates
  • Murray Knipfel
  • Lisa Barnes
  • James Letcher 
  • Marion Eunson 
  • Tarralin Hanson 

 

CFKR Governance Committee

  • Michele Bates (Chair)
  • Lorraine Frocklage
  • Jeremy Mitchell
  • Lisa Barnes
  • Lee-Ann Crane 

 

CFKR Finance Committee

  • Ken Lo (Chair)
  • Chad Murray
  • Carol Hatala
  • Sean Campbell
  • Lisa Barnes

 

CFKR Fund Development & Promotions Committee

  • Sean Campbell (Chair)
  • Lorraine Frocklage
  • Cary Swanson
  • Angela Gordon
  • Karla Graff
  • Katherine Hough 
  • Graham Longpre 
  • Neil Cook 

 

CFKR Nominating Committee

  • Carol Hatala
  • David Struthers

 

Fernie Community Fund Steering Committee

  • Eric Johnstone (Chair)
  • Patty Vadnais
  • Aysha Haines
  • Randal Macnair
  • Jennifer Cronin
  • Andrew Hayden
  • David Street

 

Sparwood Community Fund Steering Committee

  • Barb Nunes (Chair)
  • Sharon Strom
  • Beverly MacNaughton
  • Norma McDougall
  • Lynn Edwards

 

Elkford Community Fund Steering Committee

  • Terry Vandale (Chair)
  • Jessica Bohn
  • Shawna Klein
  • Ethel Robinson
  • Thomas Skelton

 

President David Struthers and Executive Director Lynnette Wray are ex officio members of all committees.


Our History

In the fall of 2000, a Kimberley resident bequeathed more than $190,000 to the Cranbrook United Way on the condition the funding worked in perpetuity to aid social causes within the Cranbrook region.

In searching for a proper investment vehicle, an opportunity was identified to raise funds locally and to receive matching grants from both the Vancouver Foundation and the Columbia Basin Trust to supplement a two-year local fund raising drive to the amount of $100,000. Over the ensuing two years members of a United Way committee worked within the community to develop interest and raise community awareness. The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) began to take root and initial board members came forward. On March 1, 2003, approximately 75 citizens of our community met at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook with Barbara Oates of the Community Foundation of Canada to discuss the formation of a local Foundation.A steering committee was formed and exploration began on how to incorporate, receive status as a registered charity, and become a Community Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to benefit a broad cross-section of the community. It is mandated to serve Cranbrook and the surrounding area, including Fort Steele, Wardner, Jaffray, Moyie, and Wycliffe.

By 2004, the CDCF was incorporated, registered as a charity and was a member of the Community Foundations of Canada, having adopted their code of ethics to ensure open, transparent governance and the professional management of funds.

The CDCF held it’s first Grants Gala and Community Kick-Off event on September 25, 2004. It was attended by Foundation members, representatives from all levels of government, and numerous community leaders and engaged citizens from Cranbrook, both within the private and public sectors.

At the event, $5,000 in LEAD funding from the Vancouver Foundation was distributed to four community projects identified through the first CDCF public grants offering:

  1. A “Teen Space” for the public library
  2. Aid to the community kitchen managed by the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Society
  3. The Children’s Festival
  4. New sound and lighting equipment to enable the Cranbrook Community Theatre to mount more elaborate productions.

The other highlight of the evening was the official signing of a $50,000 Deed of Gift with the F. W. Green Foundation. The revenue generated from these monies will go to support senior’s projects in the community.

The Board and members of the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation look forward to many years of community support. A prominent theme of Community Foundations is, “It takes a noble person to plant a tree under whose shade will sit people one may never meet.”


Publications

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report