January 2023

The winter is a time for reflection, and we at the Cortes Island Community Foundation (CICF) have been doing just that. Community Foundations are charitable organizations that pool together funds from various donors to support initiatives and projects in their community; usually by first building large endowment funds. However, with the smallest endowment of any community foundation I know, CICF has been able to get into the community as much support as foundations more than 100X our size. We are small but mighty!

December 2023

This year we are doing a 12 Days of Giving campaign featuring the Cortes organizations and causes that have partnered with us. Each day we will use our social media channels and CortesIsland.com to help spread awareness about these important organizations and the powerful potential they have to elevate our community in small and large ways. 

September 2023

In 2022, the Cortes Island Community Foundation worked with the Strathcona Regional District and the regional director to assist with the review of the Grant-in-Aid funds. These funds were granted to the Cortes Community Radio Society, Cortes Island Seniors Society, Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society, Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery Society and the Cortes Community Health Association. We are excited to launch our 2023 Grants in Aid (GIA) program.

July 2023

The Cortes Island Community Foundation has been working over the past few years to create a network to provide support to our islands many Social Profit organizations (which is over 30!). With this network we hope to provide support by helping to compile useful resources, develop funds & provide philanthropic tools. We also hope to support them through our community granting process. Learn how you can join or support.

April 2023

The Cortes Island Academy (CIA) is an out of the box high-school education. It provides place-based, project-based, experiential, public education while earning high school credits. CIA was founded by the Cortes Island Community Foundation, Campbell River School District 72 and the community of Cortes Island.

March 2023

The Cortes MicroGrants for Neighbours program is partnered with the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program, which supports people who want to make our communities better places to live. Grants range from $50 to $500. A grant is money we give you to help you bring your project to life. You must apply for the grant, but you do not need to pay the money back. Keep reading to learn how you can apply next year or how you can support this years projects!

January 2023

Cortes Island Community Foundation is announcing funding totalling $40,000 to three different non-profit organization on Cortes. The funding goes to initiatives that support women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals working towards a future grounded in equity, inclusion and justice.

December 2022

Welcome to our first newsletter! Watch amazing videos by Bill Weaver and Immanuel McKenty and learn more about what we do!