They said yes!

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan|Similkameen is excited to announce that the Anonymous Donor said YES! The matching program has been extended until February 28th, 2019.

“We are absolutely thrilled the Anonymous Donor has decided to extend the matching program until the end of next month. This gives us a little over six weeks to reach the full potential of the doubling initiative, which matches donations 1:1 up to a grand total of $200,000.” said Aaron McRann, Executive Director of the Community Foundation South | Similkameen.

The matching program started at the end of 2018 and with community support we have raised  $115,000, this amount was then doubled by the Anonymous Donor. This gives us the potential to match up to $85,000 until the end of February. “We are once again working within a tight timeline, but I am optimistic that we will be able maximize the matching program and raise the full $200,000, which then will be doubled.”

The Community Foundation launched their second phase “Futures Start Here”, $1.2 Million fundraising campaign last June. “As the Fundraising Chair I am honored to announce that of the $1.2 Million Dollars goal, we have raised $900,000!” says Judy Lloyd. The funds being raised are going towards renovating the main floor of the Youth Centre which will be home to Foundry Penticton.

“As a community partner and the lead organization of Foundry Penticton we are truly amazed by the dedication and support we have received from the community so far. Hearing we have raised $900,000 of our $1.2 Million Dollar goal is tremendous,” said Ian Gerbrandt, Director of Child, Youth and Family Services at OneSky Community Resources. “Construction at Foundry Penticton is coming along very well. I spoke with Chriscan Construction, and the ‘rough in’ will be finished within the next week and the project is on schedule for spring opening.”

With construction on schedule, and drywall set to be installed in the next few weeks the new home of Foundry Penticton is starting to take shape. “Now that the walls are up, it offers a better sense of what the space is going to look like. This is particularly helpful when we offer tours to donors who are interested in sponsoring rooms at Foundry Penticton” said McRann. Naming opportunities are available for many of the rooms inside Foundry Penticton starting at $10,000 and up. Additionally, there is also the Foundry Penticton Donor Wall which will provide recognition for all gifts over $5,000. For more information about naming rights or to make a donation please contact the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan|Similkameen at 250-493-9311 or