Revelstoke Community Foundation gives to community projects

Revelstoke Community Foundation gives back by supporting local community projects.

From left to right: Front row: Leslie Hogg, Tracy Spannier, Myra Morrison, Maggie Spizzirri and Brian Sumner. Middle: Lynn Loeppky, Lisa Cyr, Cathy English, Patti Larsen and Kerry Dawson. Back row: Sanja Radovic, Vittoria Van Leur, Erin MacLaughlin, Mike Brooks-Hill. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The Revelstoke Community Foundation (RCF) supported 21 community projects with funding at their annual community giving ceremony on April 20.

The RCF donations supported a variety of projects. Here are just a few:

-The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s STEAM program will provide science, technology, art and math literacy programs in the community.

-The Revelstoke Hospice Society will provide training and support for hospice staff and volunteers.

-The Revelstoke Arts Council’s ArtStarts program runs interactive arts workshops for youth.

-The Revelstoke Visual Arts Society will be installing a fish-themed metal bike rack by local welder Lou Brown.

-The North Columbia Environmental Society will host 100in1, a one-day event that will present simple, low-cost community projects designed to improve the environment.

-The Community Connections food bank provides year round support to the community with food assistance.

These are just a few of the many projects supported in 2018.

What is the Revelstoke Community Foundation?

The Revelstoke Community Foundation was started in 1999 as an organization dedicated to giving back to the community. Like other community foundations across Canada, the organization accepts community donations which they manage in a financial fund. They keep building the fund and distribute a portion of proceeds from their investments back into community projects.

Revelstoke Community Foundation type of grants disbursed 2000 – 2017:

Revelstoke Community Foundation type of grants disbursed 2000 – 2017:

They’re probably best known for their scholarship programs. Each year, dozens of students graduating from RSS receive a variety of educational scholarships to help them further their education. Currently, the foundation distributes about $25,000 in scholarships.

Revelstoke Community Foundation chairperson Tracy Spannier presents Kevin Lavelle with an honourary director certificate for his work with the foundation. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Their community giving ceremony on April 19 was from another funding stream. This year, they gave about $40,000 to community projects.

In 2017, the Revelstoke Community Foundation’s community donations reached $82,000.

To learn more about the Revelstoke Community Foundation, to donate or to get involved, see their website here.