Create a Fund

At the Sunshine Coast Foundation, we encourage you to think about your philanthropic goals. Take the time to identify the causes that are closest to your heart. Do you have a particular area of interest – like poverty reduction, environmental stewardship, or the performing arts – or do you want to support a wide range of initiatives as they evolve with the ever-changing needs of our community?

We can help you transform your giving and create the kind of impact you want. Whether you’re starting your charitable giving now, or you’re planning for the future, we offer flexible fund options suited to the level of participation you wish to have in creating positive change right here on the Coast.

We invite you to learn more about our funds below, and then reach out to our Executive Director, Erin Storey, to discuss your options:

Community Legacy Fund

Created in 2004, we refer to this fund as “The Heart of our Foundation.” The beauty of the Community Legacy fund is that it evolves with the ever-changing needs of our community and is a primary funding source for our annual grants programs that solely supports local charities. This fund allows us to provide grants to the widest possible range of initiatives, including poverty reduction, arts and culture, food security, housing, healthcare, education, seniors, climate and conservation, youth, support of marginalized groups, and so much more. A gift to this fund is a forever gift to the Sunshine Coast – the more it grows, the more distributions we can make to support those organizations making a tangible difference on the Coast. Donors can establish a named fund within our Community Legacy Fund portfolio to support the Foundation’s annual community grants program.

Field of Interest Funds

This type of fund allows you to direct the annual income from your fund more broadly to cover a particular area of interest rather than any specific organization e.g. the arts, youth, health & wellness, seniors, food & shelter, climate & conservation, etc. Grants are distributed to local registered charities that support the field of interest you choose to support.

Donor-Advised Funds

A Donor Advised Fund enables individuals and families to establish a charitable endowment fund, receive a donation tax receipt and then work with the Sunshine Coast Foundation to recommend grants over time. This type of fund allows for your ongoing participation in the selection of local registered charities you wish to support.

Scholarship & Bursary Funds

These funds allow donors to support graduating high school students​ on the Sunshine Coast.

Operating Funds

A donor may wish to establish a permanent endowment to support the operations of the Sunshine Coast Foundation or contribute to our existing operating fund. A contribution (large or small) ensures the Sunshine Coast Foundation can continue meeting the growing needs of our community.

Agency Funds

Charitable organizations can set up an Agency Fund with the Foundation to build a sustainable stream of income that can be used to support their operations and programs.

Over the years the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts (SCFWA) has raised approximately $1,000,000 to help fund our year-round literacy activities and annual summer festival. Each year the ensuing grants from the Sunshine Coast Foundation have been instrumental in increasing the stability of our organization, offering us a reliable income stream that isn’t dependent on grant writing or ticket sales. These permanent funds also allow our organization to offer legacy projects so that people can memorialize loved ones or recognize key leaders in the community with an endowment named in their honour. It is an absolute pleasure to work with the Sunshine Coast Foundation. This beneficial partnership has played an important part in helping keep the SCFWA financially viable and culturally vital.

— Marisa Alps, Artistic and Executive Director, Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

Please contact Erin Storey by email or at 604.741.7360 for further information about creating a fund in your name or in memory of someone special.

To see a current list of our established funds, please visit Our Endowments page. You can make a gift to any one of these funds through our online donation portal.