ACF’s grants are funded from the income of our Smart and Caring Fund. For every dollar donated to the Smart and Caring Campaign, we will grant a dollar to local programs for children in need, up to $300,000 by 2017. Find out how you can Champion Abbotsford Kids.
Abbotsford Community Foundation started in 1980. Back then it was called the Matsqui-Abbotsford Parks and Recreation Foundation. Read more…
ACF celebrated its 35th Anniversary recently at the Smart and Caring Gala and raised over $37,000 for its Smart and Caring Community Campaign. Guests were treated to an 80s themed party at the Ramada Plaza featuring the band Dr. Strangelove, spectacular raffle prizes, and “Dancing with the Stars”. During the event grants for nine local charities totaling $75,000 were distributed.
ACF recently distributed its 2015 Smart and Caring Grants totaling $75,000 to nine local charities. The next round of Smart and Caring Granting will begin in February, 2016. For a complete list and description of the programs funded S & C Grants Summary 2015
This year ACF allocated over 360 scholarships, bursaries and other student awards totaling a record $351,000. For info on how you can create a Student Award Endowment Fund or Annual Student Award visit How to Create a Student Award.
Across Canada community foundations have been telling their stories through newspaper radio and TV ads. Recently the Abbotsford Community Foundation ran a series of six ads in The News showing how You Make Your Community and Your Community Makes You
This year ACF gave out two grants totaling $55,000 through the Agriculture Enhancement Grants Program, a joint initiative with the City of Abbotsford. The Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society received a grant for $45,000 to help fund research that takes the excess nutrients from wastewater and produces a protein feed ingredient for animals from duckweed.
The Salvation Army received a grant from the Mary Victoria Wakefield Animal Welfare Fund for its new Pet Clinic where the homeless can bring in their pets to receive care. You can establish a fund to support an issue or a specific charity or charities. To find out more visit What to Support.
ACF can work with estate lawyers, financial planners, accountants and investment managers to create charitable gift plans for clients. Many people have already chosen to remember their community with a gift in their will to create a lasting legacy. Looking for tips and tools? Visit the Professional Advisors Resource page.
Conducted by community foundations across Canada, Vital Signs is a check-up that measures the vitality of our community. Abbotsford Community Foundation published a 2013 Abbotsford Vital Signs Report on areas including poverty, homelessness, health and education and a 2014 Abbotsford Vital Signs Report on arts and culture, transportation and the local economy.