Tuesday, December 12, 2017
COQUITLAM – Maura Fitzpatrick, the fundraising manager for Coquitlam’s Children of the Street Society, needed no prompting when asked to describe how a Coquitlam Foundation community grant assisted her organization last year.
“We received $3,500,” Fitzpatrick said, “and I can tell you it was critically important in allowing us to reach kids who live in Coquitlam, to give them the information and practical skills they need to learn how to keep safe from all forms of sexual exploitation.”
Her comments came as the Coquitlam Foundation launched its annual “grants cycle” with an announcement that it had begun accepting applications for grants, scholarships and bursaries from eligible individuals and organizations. The deadline for submission of applications is 4 p.m., Feb. 16, 2018. Winners will be announced four months later at the foundation’s annual Awards Night, June 13, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.
Foundation Chair Jason Leo Carvalho said the foundation distributed $150,000 – a record amount – to more than 60 persons and organizations last year. “We’re extremely grateful that our successful stewardship of our donor-advised and foundation-directed funds has allowed us to support so many worthy individuals and groups,” he said, adding that he hoped next year’s disbursements would be as robust as this year’s.
Dwight Yochim, executive director of the foundation, noted that application forms have been streamlined this year to encourage greater participation. Those forms can be found under the “Grants & Bursaries” tab on the foundation’s website.
Fitzpatrick observed that successful applicants such as Children of the Street count on supporters such as the Coquitlam Foundation to carry out their work. “We’re a non-profit charity,” she said, “so there’s absolutely no way we could deliver our school-based workshops without support from groups and organizations like the Coquitlam Foundation. We just couldn’t, which is why we are so grateful.”
About the Coquitlam Foundation
The Coquitlam Foundation manages almost $3 million in 30 foundation-directed and donor-advised funds. The foundation always welcomes donations to any of its funds, which can be made through its website.
As well, the foundation invites interested individuals or organizations to consider establishing a fund with the foundation. Legacy and estate donations are also welcome. The Coquitlam Foundation is a member of the Community Foundations of Canada, and is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.