Donate


We welcome donations of all sizes to our 30 endowment funds.

No donation is too small or too large. Every dollar counts. We accept donations by the following means:

  • Online donation: Click on one of the below links to donate to an individual CFKR endowment fund via the Vancouver Foundation’s secure online donation website or click this link: https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/give/donate/agency/community-foundation-kootenay-rockies
  • Cheque: Made out to “CFKR“, Mail to P.O. Box 242, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4H8 or delivered in-person to our physical office at the Ground Floor Co-Working Space, 100-131 7th Ave. S., Cranbrook, BC 
  • E-transfer: Email to Lynnette.Wray@CFKRockies.ca
  • Cash: Please deliver in-person to our physical office at the Ground Floor Co-Working Space, 100-131 7th Ave. S., Cranbrook, BC
  • Through our partnership with the Vancouver Foundation, we are able to accept donations of stocks, bonds etc.–for further information, please contact Lynnette Wray, Executive Director, by phone (250-426-1119) or by email (Lynnette.Wray@CFKRockies.ca)

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies holds 30 endowment funds:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund
    • Benefiting community projects and programs in the areas of arts, culture, and heritage, in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the CFKR Grant Making Committee
  • Casey & Corrine Hanemayer Fund
    • Benefiting community projects and programs in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the endowment fund holder
  • Casey & Corrine Hanemayer-Health Fund
    • Benefiting health-related community projects and programs in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the endowment fund holder
  • Children First Fund
    • Benefiting the Children First Program in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, which supports integrated and comprehensive Early Childhood Development service delivery for children 0 to 6 years of age and their families
  • Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies Operational Fund
    • Benefiting CFKR operating costs
  • Cranbrook Community Fund
    • Benefiting community projects and programs in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the CFKR Grant Making Committee
  • Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club Fund
    • Benefiting the Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club
  • Cranbrook History Centre Fund
    • Benefiting the Cranbrook History Centre
  • Cranbrook Public Library Fund
    • Benefiting the Cranbrook Public Library
  • Dr. Sparling and Mrs. Mary East Memorial Scholarship Fund: 
    • Benefiting an eligible graduate from Fernie Secondary School (FSS), as identified by the FSS scholarship application process and in consultation with the East family, who is pursuing studies in an area of Medical Science at an approved post-secondary institution
  • East Kootenay Community Credit Union Fund:
    • Benefiting Salvation Army Food Programs in Cranbrook and the surrounding area
  • East Kootenay Foundation for Health Fund:
    • Benefiting EKFH
  • East Kootenay Foundation for Health Roy and Annabel Maundrell Fund:
    • Benefiting EKFH, specific to the Invermere and District Hospital
  • Environmental Endowment Fund:
    • Benefiting environmental programs and projects in the community, as identified by the CFKR Grant Making Committee
  • Fernie Community Fund:
    • Benefiting community projects and programs in the City of Fernie and the surrounding area (i.e. East to Hosmer, West to Elko, including Tobacco Plains Indian Band and the South Country), as identified by the Fernie Community Fund Steering Committee
  • Friends of Fort Steele Society Fund:
    • Benefiting Fort Steele Heritage Town
  • Hough Ingalls Fund for Animal Welfare:
    • Benefiting animal welfare projects and programs in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the endowment fund holder
  • Joyce Metcalfe Memorial Fund:
    • Benefiting the Cranbrook Bugle Band
  • Key City Gymnastics Club Fund:
    • Benefiting the Key City Gymnastics Club
  • Kimberley/Cranbrook 2008 Winter Games Fund for Arts and Culture:
    • Benefiting community projects and programs related to arts and culture in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the CFKR Grant Making Committee
  • Kimberley/Cranbrook 2008 Winter Games Fund for Sports
    • Benefiting community projects and programs related to sports in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the CFKR Grant Making Committee
  • Knights of Pythias Crescent Lodge #33 Fund
    • Benefiting the annual $500.00 award to the Sustainable Community Builder’s charity of choice, with the balance to community projects/programs in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the CFKR Grant Making Committee
  • Mark Mahovlic Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Benefiting an eligible graduate from Mount Baker Secondary School (MBSS), as identified by the MBSS scholarship application process, who meets the following criteria–a caring, friendly, and helpful MBSS graduate, with a passion for golf/hockey; preference given to a student pursuing post-secondary studies in computers/technology; special consideration to students attending the College of the Rockies or Mount Royal University; financial need may also be considered
  • Melodie Hull Fund for Mental Health and Addictions:
    • Benefiting community projects and programs in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the endowment fund holder, which support adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses and/or persons challenged by addictions who are striving to maintain wellness; projects and programs could include psychosocial programs and initiatives, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, and recreational programs, including outdoor activities
  • Niedermayer Family Fund
    • Benefiting community programs and projects in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the endowment fund holder
  • Northern BC Friends of Children Society – East Kootenay Branch Fund
    • Benefiting East Kootenay Friends of Children in their work to provide financial assistance to families whose children need to travel in order to attend required medical appointments
  • Outdoor Recreation Fund
    • Benefiting non-competitive and non-motorized outdoor recreation activities in Electoral Areas C and E of the Regional District of the East Kootenay, including capital costs (e.g. trail maintenance equipment, interpretive signage) and/or operating costs (e.g. annual website maintenance fees, Directors and Officers liability insurance, annual accounting fees), as identified by the CFKR Grant Making Committee
  • Seniors’ Enhancement Fund
    • Benefiting community projects and programs specific to seniors who reside in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, as identified by the CFKR Grant Making Committee
  • Sparwood Community Fund
    • Benefiting community projects and programs in the District of Sparwood and the surrounding area (i.e. including Michel, Natal, and Elk Prairie), as identifed by the Sparwood Community Fund Steering Committee
  • Symphony of the Kootenays Fund
    • Benefiting the Symphony of the Kootenays

 

OPPORTUNITY FUNDS (donations via cheque, e-transfer, or cash only, please):

  • Elkford Community FundEstablishing an endowment fund to benefit the community of Elkford by providing grants to local non-profits, every year, forever
  • Cranbrook Community Theatre Legacy Fund: Establishing an endowment fund to benefit Cranbrook Community Theatre with an annual grant, in perpetuity
  • Cranbrook District Teachers’ Legacy Fund: Establishing an endowment fund to support students and thereby recognize, in perpetuity, the dedication and positive impact of teachers in Cranbrook and District

 

COMMUNITY PROJECTS (donations via cheque, e-transfer, or cash only, please):


Donor Stories

The reasons people choose to give are diverse. Each of our donors has their own story, own motivations, and a unique vision of how to strengthen our community. However, one of the things our donors all share is a collective desire to enhance our community, for good and forever. Read a few of their stories:

Melodie Hull Fund for Mental Health and Addictions

In 2015, Cranbrook resident Melodie Hull, a registered psychiatric nurse, realized her goal of establishing an endowment fund supporting local people with chronic and persistent mental health challenges and addictions. The Melodie Hull Fund for Mental Health and Addictions was established in 2008 with $500. It is now endowed at more than $15,000. The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies will ensure Melodie’s fund serves the community in the way she envisioned, and will do so forever.

Melodie could have chosen to donate her entire gift as a one-time donation and made a single and important impact in the community. But by creating an endowment, Melodie ensures organizations assisting people with mental health challenges and addictions will have a local, permanent and sustainable source of financial support. In another 15 or 30 or 45 years this story will still be relevant – it is not just a moment in history for Melodie Hull and and the Cranbrook community… it is a growing legacy.

Casey and Corrine Hanemayer

In 2006 Casey and Corrine Hanemayer made a donation of more than $780,000 dollars to the then Cranbrook and District Community Foundation and established the first endowment fund named for residents of our community. The Casey and Corrine Hanemayer Fund forms an endowment that gives grants back to the Cranbrook community forever. The grants from the Haneymayer funds are given annually, in their names.
When the Hanemayers fund was originally developed the Foundation’s granting power more than tripled. The Hanemayers have lived in Cranbrook since 1951 and raised their four children here. Mr. Hanemayer is well-known in the community for his activities in the local building trade, and his involvement with the local cable TV business during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Once the Hanemayers came forward as our community’s champions, others followed. The gift from the Hanemayers was in the form of securities, and changes to capital gains tax make donations such as these increasingly attractive as donors explore tax-effective options of charitable giving and beneficial tax options.

Scott and Rob Niedermayer

The Niedermayer brothers, Scott and Rob, and their families, established a new endowment fund, the Niedermayer Family Fund, to give back to Cranbrook forever. Like many donors, the Niedermayers reserve the opportunity to determine annually which charity will receive the grant. The fund is invested by the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies through the Vancouver Foundation. From the interest earned, annual grants will be available to local community charities.
 
The former National Hockey League brothers have young families and they feel this is a way of demonstrating civic responsibility to their children. The Niedermayer brothers grew up in Cranbrook and have been running the Scott and Rob Niedermayer Hockey School since 2001, attracting over 200 young participants on an annual basis, some as far away as Europe.“With an endowment fund, and it is long term, we can see our money at work in the community,” Scott said.

In Memory of Joyce Metcalfe

Joyce Metcalfe was one of the most revered and loved “Grand Ladies” of Cranbrook. Joyce gave 41 years of service and dedication as the Director of the Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band and was recognized for her tremendous commitment in 1976 as Cranbrook’s Citizen of the year.To honour the memory of Joyce, who passed away in the spring of 2006, and her love for the Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band; the Band and the then Cranbrook and District Community Foundation established a memorial fund in her honour. Appropriately, the fund was the first in-memoriam fund created by the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation. The fund is an endowment that pays annual interest to the Band in perpetuity. With a donation from each alumni the Band will easily increase its endowment.


Five great giving options. Choose the one that’s right for you

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies offers a broad range of fund types to fit the needs of both donors and grantees. Details are available from the Community Foundation, or you can discuss giving with your financial advisor or lawyer to find out how giving to the Foundation can help you meet your philanthropic goals while maximizing your tax advantage.

Unrestricted Funds

You can use your gift to meet ever-changing community needs – including future needs that often cannot be anticipated at the time your gift is made. We evaluate all aspects of community well-being – arts and culture, education, environment, health and social services, youth, and more. The flexibility of your unrestricted gift makes it possible to respond to the community’s most pressing needs, today and tomorrow.

Field of Interest Funds

You can target your gift to address needs in an important area of community life. The arts. AIDS. Aging. At-risk youth. You identify your personal interest area when making your gift; our board awards grants to community groups and programs that are making a difference in the area you select.

Designated Fund

You can direct your gift to a specific charity or issue area. Help provide ongoing funding for a senior centre, museum, your church, or virtually any nonprofit charitable organization. You identify the recipient you wish to benefit through your gift; our staff manages the annual distribution of funds.

Donor Advised Fund

You can have ongoing involvement in the use of your gift. You work with our professional grantmaking staff, identifying ways to use dollars from your Donor Advised Fund to address the issues and needs you care about most. Your recommendations are submitted to our board for approval; we then distribute grant dollars.

Agency Endowment Fund

An attractive option for local charities that currently manage, or are interested in establishing their own endowment fund. An Agency Endowment Fund through your local community foundation makes it easy and efficient to create and manage a permanent endowment for your organization. You build the fund. We take care of the rest.