Philanthropy for the 3rd Millennium

Philanthropy for the 3rd Millennium is a program of the Sunshine Coast Foundation that engages with a group of younger (~25-50) workers and community leaders. Our goal is to help them understand the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the Sunshine Coast, the role of philanthropy and the Sunshine Coast Foundation, and how they can make a positive difference where they live.

What’s New?

Join like-minded neighbours and friends in a 90-minute introductory conversation about ways of doing good in the world. On April 8, 2021 at 4:45 PM, the Sunshine Coast Foundation is hosting a dialogue that will explore the many ways of making a difference and how a community foundation fits into those choices. There will be lots of time for discussion and opportunities to influence the Foundation’s work. Please email Chris Hergesheimer for more information and to sign up for this opportunity.

How does it work?

The Sunshine Coast Foundation offers a series of Zoom gatherings (or in-person meetings when permitted). During those gatherings, participants are introduced to the real issues, challenges, and opportunities facing our community as identified through surveys, reports, and statistical information. Participants hear from leaders of non-profit organizations whose programs are helping those in need and making our community such a wonderful place to live. They engage in discussions about grant-making and investing, and have the opportunity to influence the issues and organizations that the Foundation supports.

Why participate?

Participants learn about the challenges faced by our neighbours who struggle with daily living. They learn about the organizations that are leading the efforts to provide support and assistance to those populations. We will also share how a community foundation can be a sustainable source of funding for community initiatives. Participants learn how, with a very minimal investment, they can become a philanthropist, someone who is making a real difference and helping to create a future where everyone in our community is nurtured and supported. They help to influence not only where the Foundation distributes its funding but also where it is invested. They make long-lasting connections with neighbours and peers who are on the same journey to make a difference. Participants will emerge from this experience wiser about where they live and confident in the knowledge that they are a force for good outcomes.

What’s involved?

Participants commit to attend and actively engage in six sessions, the timing of which will be decided by them. They make a modest financial contribution to help grow a permanently-invested fund that will support future grant-making. Participants determine the size and duration of that financial contribution (for example, it could be some amount per month or per year, depending on the consensus reached by the participants). The contributions from participants may be added to an existing endowment or they may choose to establish their own endowment. Program participants will able to recommend grant recipients from these funds.

For more information

To find out more and register to participate please contact Chris Hergesheimer.

Sunshine Coast Foundation is grateful for the support of the Vancouver Foundation for this program.