Philanthropy

Through its Heart and Soul of the Community initiative, Black Press Media showcases the vital work of non-profit organizations here at home and throughout Western Canada.

Black Press Media gives back to the Heart and Soul of the Community

Year-long program supports vital non-profits hard at work in your neighbourhood

 

FILE - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is seen on the sidelines before the start of an NFL football game on Sept. 15, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. A former housekeeper for Bezos says she and other employees suffered unsafe working conditions that included being forced to climb out a laundry room window to get to a bathroom. In a lawsuit filed in Seattle this week, a longtime housekeeper claims she was discriminated and retaliated against when she complained about a lack of rest breaks or an area where staff could eat. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Jeff Bezos says he will give away most of his fortune

Amazon founder worth about $124.1 billion, according to Forbes

 

Lily Lee is seen in this handout photo provided by the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation.

Ex-nurse donates $3.8M for health unit in Downtown Eastside where she worked in 1950s

‘It’s important if you have something that you should share with others.’

 

FILE - A person walks by the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on April 27, 2018, in Seattle. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, that it will commit $1.2 billion to the effort to end polio worldwide. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Gates Foundation pledges $1.2B to eradicate polio globally

Money will be used to stop outbreaks of new variants of the virus

FILE - A person walks by the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on April 27, 2018, in Seattle. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, that it will commit $1.2 billion to the effort to end polio worldwide. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Thanks to United Way BC donors, 2.5 million meals were provided to families and individuals in need last year by their 16 Regional Community Food Hubs and seven Food Recovery Organizations. United Way BC photo

United Way BC funding goes a long way in boosting local food security

It’s Friday, payday, and you need groceries. You’ve worked out the budget…

  • Oct 10, 2022
Thanks to United Way BC donors, 2.5 million meals were provided to families and individuals in need last year by their 16 Regional Community Food Hubs and seven Food Recovery Organizations. United Way BC photo
Community Foundations across the country are proud to encourage civic engagement in an unbiased, non-partisan way.

VITAL VERNON: Candidates and Community Issues

Where do the candidates stand on a range of critical community issues?

  • Sep 19, 2022
Community Foundations across the country are proud to encourage civic engagement in an unbiased, non-partisan way.
CFNO’s Fill the Gap Food Program was started in 2020 to offer a boost to those financially impacted by the effects of COVID-19. The need continues today as people are trying to stay afloat in times of rising costs.

Protecting food security through partnership

Every community member should have access to healthy food

  • Aug 15, 2022
CFNO’s Fill the Gap Food Program was started in 2020 to offer a boost to those financially impacted by the effects of COVID-19. The need continues today as people are trying to stay afloat in times of rising costs.
Which home will you choose? If you win the Grand Prize draw, you’ll choose one of eight options, including a $2.8-million home package.

Win the dream, live like a multi-millionaire!

Dream Lottery: Support BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, get chance at $2.8 million+ grand prize

  • Aug 1, 2022
Which home will you choose? If you win the Grand Prize draw, you’ll choose one of eight options, including a $2.8-million home package.
John Hillman, 103, with the judge presiding over the July 21 virtual citizenship ceremony where the British veteran became Canadian. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

B.C.’s John Hillman becomes Canada’s oldest newest Canadian at age 103

Oak Bay man takes his official oath in English and in French to earn his citizenship July 21

John Hillman, 103, with the judge presiding over the July 21 virtual citizenship ceremony where the British veteran became Canadian. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Community Foundation North Okanagan and many generous donors have funded more than 3,200 fresh food boxes and gift cards for local individuals and families in need.

Building strength in local food security programs

All locals should be able to afford fresh produce and healthy foods

  • Jul 18, 2022
The Community Foundation North Okanagan and many generous donors have funded more than 3,200 fresh food boxes and gift cards for local individuals and families in need.
Honey needs new wheels after being found paralyzed on the side of a road. (GVAC/Facebook)

‘Honey needs wheels’: Island animal rescue fundraises for paralyzed, abandoned pup

The organization plans to try physiotherapy but says: ‘Honey needs wheels’

Honey needs new wheels after being found paralyzed on the side of a road. (GVAC/Facebook)
Jewels of Hope participants make bracelets together at a regular monthly makers session, to help generate sustainable revenue for the charity programs HOPE Outreach offers.

Building sustainability in the Charitable Sector

Coaching and Support for charities in recovery from the impacts of COVID and other challenges

  • Jun 20, 2022
Jewels of Hope participants make bracelets together at a regular monthly makers session, to help generate sustainable revenue for the charity programs HOPE Outreach offers.
Victoria student Levi Budd won $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity in a writing contest. (Courtesy Lucky Budd)

B.C. 6th-grader who started the #levidrome drive wins $10K with his writing

Sixth grader’s essay funds Habitat for Humanity Victoria

Victoria student Levi Budd won $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity in a writing contest. (Courtesy Lucky Budd)
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to awaken curiosity and to share the power of live orchestral music. Help us protect their future.

Invest in the OSO today for a richer Okanagan tomorrow

For over 60 years, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) has been shaping…

  • May 17, 2022
The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to awaken curiosity and to share the power of live orchestral music. Help us protect their future.
CFNO has sponsored more than 2,600 food boxes with the Fill the Gap Food Program this past year and plans to continue helping as long as donations to the Better Together Fund permit.

Better Together: Ongoing Responsive Support for the North Okanagan

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” – Winston Churchill What’s…

  • Apr 26, 2022
CFNO has sponsored more than 2,600 food boxes with the Fill the Gap Food Program this past year and plans to continue helping as long as donations to the Better Together Fund permit.
While leaving a gift in your will makes it possible to leave a much larger gift, remember that you don’t have to be wealthy to create a charitable legacy – there is no gift too small to make an impact.

Your Will is Powerful

Leaving a charitable gift in your Will can be as simple as adding a one-line direction.

  • Mar 21, 2022
While leaving a gift in your will makes it possible to leave a much larger gift, remember that you don’t have to be wealthy to create a charitable legacy – there is no gift too small to make an impact.
Organizations of all types are encouraged to apply for funding and reach out with any questions prior to beginning their application.

Open Call for Grant Applications

All North Okanagan charitable organizations are encouraged to apply!

  • Feb 21, 2022
Organizations of all types are encouraged to apply for funding and reach out with any questions prior to beginning their application.
The Vernon Native Housing Society is building a five-storey affordable rental building, beside Thunderbird Manor, which currently provides 38 rental homes for Indigenous peoples.

Affordable Housing is a Pressing Community Need

A collaborative approach is vital to respond to local housing needs

  • Jan 24, 2022
The Vernon Native Housing Society is building a five-storey affordable rental building, beside Thunderbird Manor, which currently provides 38 rental homes for Indigenous peoples.
Community Foundation North Okanagan stewards over 200 individual charitable funds that together drive over $20 million in assets.

Community Foundation gives over $1 million to local charities

Funds distributed increases each year as the Foundation works to offer donors more giving options

  • Dec 13, 2021
Community Foundation North Okanagan stewards over 200 individual charitable funds that together drive over $20 million in assets.
Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving Campaign runs from Dec. 1 to 12. In 2020, with generous donations from local businesses and individuals, 32 families in need were supported.

Help Jillian Harris support families in need this holiday season

Donate during the 12 Days of Giving for entry to win prizes from some favourite brands

  • Nov 30, 2021
Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving Campaign runs from Dec. 1 to 12. In 2020, with generous donations from local businesses and individuals, 32 families in need were supported.