List of Funds
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Arts and Music Fund
The Arts and Music Fund was created by a Board of Directors motion. The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support for the enjoyment, education, and participation of our citizens in the arts and music. The Arts and Music Fund is a Field of Interest Fund.
This Fund was created by anonymous donors who wish to remain so until after their death when the Fund’s name will be changed as per their Agreement. Income earned by this Fund will provide financial support to the Arts and Music Fund. The 254357 Fund is a Designated Fund.
Messinger Family Fund
The purpose of this Fund is to award funding to neighbourhood groups, schools, or non-profit organizations for a variety of beautification projects and projects that preserve the history of the Creston Valley. The Messinger Family Fund is a Donor Advised Fund.
Children, Youth and Families
Eva and Neil Barber Memorial Fund
Created in 2018, this Fund supports equally the hot lunch program at the Adam Robertson elementary school and the Creston Valley Library Children’s programs with annual distributions. This Fund is a Designated Fund.
Youth Advisory Fund
This Fund was started by Julie Ewashen. During its early years the Fund supported a myriad of causes, from painting murals on downtown buildings, to financing trips for young people to attend CFC programs in other parts of Canada. When Julie left the Foundation, she polled the youth who were part of her group, and together they stipulated that the Youth Advisory Fund be used to provide an annual bursary for a graduate of PCCS. Since 2014 a $500 award has been made each year. The recipient of the grant is chosen by the school. This is a Designated Fund.
Valley Community Services Early Years Fund
This Fund is specifically to support the Early Years Programs at VCS. Income earned is re-invested with the goal of growing the donated capital. Withdrawals are made by request of the VCS board of directors. This is a Managed Fund.
Environment & Animal Welfare
Income earned in this Fund will be forwarded to PAWs annually, so long as PAWs retains its charitable status and continues to be in operation, providing refuge for dislocated animals. The annual grant may be used however the Board of Directors at PAWs sees fit. This is an Agency Fund.
Income earned in this Fund is used to support specific projects and programs in our community that are aimed at enhancing, preserving and protecting the local environment. This is a Field of Interest Fund.
Health, Wellness and Recreation
Community Sports Fund
The purpose of this Fund is to support individuals under the age of 19 who are engaged in an organized sport. Grant recipients must be a resident of Creston or RDCK areas A, B, or C. Grants will be provided to individual participants rather than in support of entire teams. Criteria used to select successful applicants will include: the athlete and their family’s financial situation, the cost to participate in special events, and any other costs that may prevent the athlete from participating in the sport of their choice. The Community Sports Fund is a Field of Interest Fund.
Therapeutic Riding Program
Michelle Whiteaway, Executive Director at TRP established the fund and seeded it with the inaugural donation. Income earned each year is to be provided to TRP to be used as they see fit. This is an Agency Fund.
Sonja Sommerfeld Fund
This Fund was begun in 2005 to memorialize Sonja who had perished in a tragic accident. This Fund is to distribute earnings annually to provide ophthalmologic and dental services for members of the community unable to obtain these for themselves or from existing organizations. This assistance will be made by referral from the Creston Ministerial Association or a subsequent organization. The other half of the income is to be used to provide financial assistance to projects or purchases undertaken by the Public Health Nurses. The Sonja Sommerfeld Fund is a Designated Fund.
The Hospital Fund
The Hospital Fund was started in 2017. Within the Fund is a donation made by Nick Sehn of more than $1 million. When Nick made his gift there was a caveat attached – if the Creston Hospital were ever to purchase a CT scanner for use in Creston, he indicated that his donation should support that specific cause. In the years until then, and for any remainder should the CT scanner ever be acquired, income earned can be combined with earnings from other donors in this Fund and be used to purchase capital equipment as selected by the Hospital and approved by the Foundation’s board. Equipment purchased must remain in the local hospital and must be purchased for the benefit of Creston Valley citizens. The Hospital Fund is a Designated Fund.
Nicole Nilsson Memorial Hospital Fund
The Nicole Nilsson Memorial Hospital Fund provides financial support to the Hospital Fund. This is also a Designated Fund.
Valley Community Services TAPs Fund
This Fund is specifically to support the TAPS program. Income earned is re-invested with the goal of growing the donated capital. Withdrawals are made by request of the VCS board of directors. This is a Managed Fund.
Community Health Fund
This Fund supports projects and programs targeting the enhancement of the overall health of individuals within our community. This is a Field of Interest Fund.
This Fund was created by an anonymous donor whose wish was to have the earnings of the fund leveraged with other donors to purchase urgently needed health items or to support projects related to health within the Creston Valley. This is a Donor Advised Fund.
Quality of Life for Seniors
Dorothy McEachern provided the seed donation for this Fund, and then her estate added a larger contribution. Income earned in this Fund is used to support projects and programs that are specifically support the senior members of our Community and their quality of life. This is a Field of Interest Fund.
Literacy, Education & Employment
Monte Anderson Scholarship Fund
The Creston Valley Music Teachers Association (CVMTA) started this fund to provide scholarships to students whom they choose to receive a grant. CKF’s only source of donations for this Fund is to be CVMTA, and we are to provide “non-charitable” receipts to CVMTA for money received. The Foundation is to provide withdrawals from this Fund to CVMTA upon request. This is a Managed Fund.
Brandon Salviulo Memorial Scholarship
This Fund was created by Enzo and Laurel Salviulo to honour their son who was killed in a tragic accident. Distributions from this Fund are to be made at least annually (when possible) to provide a scholarship to a student living or raised in the Kootenays who enrolls in the COTR Fire Training Certificate Program. The student(s) will be selected by the college. This is a Designated Fund.
Kaydon Booth Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kaydon’s family started this Fund in 2020, one year following his tragic death in a logging accident. Their goal is to have the scholarship be awarded to a student who has talents that may not show up on a report card and who has the aptitude to eventually reach a professional goal. This is a Designated Fund.
Father Barnes Scholarship Fund
Started and funded by members of the Rotary Club of Creston. This is a Designated Fund.
FH & BM Freeman Agricultural Innovation
This Fund was created by Carol Freeman-Ryll to honour her parents who were forward thinking farmers in the UK. The purpose of this Fund is to support causes related to the growth, development, or advancement of agriculture within the Creston Valley. This is a Donor Advised Fund.
The granting from this fund is unrestricted and recipients are determined by the CKF Granting Committee with Board approval. Projects that these grants support must be aligned with the mandate of the Foundation and are otherwise unrestricted. This is an Unrestricted Fund.
Romeo Juliet Fund
This Fund was started by an anonymous donor who wished to establish a legacy that would support the Community in perpetuity. The purpose of this Fund is to support charitable activities or charitable organizations whose activities are within the objectives of the Foundation. This Fund is a Donor Advised Fund.
The Creston Valley Hospice Society Fund
This Fund was started with seed money from the Hospice Society. Income earned is forwarded to them each year. Donations may be made by anyone. This is an Agency Fund.
Valley Community Services Enduring Fund
This Fund supports the ongoing operation of VCS. Income earned is re-invested with the goal of growing the donated capital. Withdrawals are made by request of the VCS board of directors. This is a Managed Fund.
This endowed Fund helps to provide financial support to offset the operating costs of the Foundation. The capital that has been endowed is from budget surpluses that have existed only because we have been fortunate to have had a very hands on, volunteer board who have done work that would normally have been done at a cost. Not only have these people contributed their time and effort for the benefit of the Foundation, because of their efforts the resulting endowment will make the burden of funding the operation of the Foundation less taxing in the future. The income earned each year is re-invested to grow the balance, or is withdrawn to pay for operating expenses. This is a Designated Fund.