So far, so good.
That’s how Bob Salmons, the President of the Quesnel Community Foundation, describes their 50 thousand dollar challenge that is underway.
“The donation campaign is going quite well. We have many donors who donate year after year after year, but we’re also seeing quite a few new donors which is great. We sill have our anonymous donor that will match up to 50 thousand dollars in donations. We’re hoping people will get their donations in because it basically doubles their donation.”
Salmons says there are a few options for people to help out.
“They can donate on-line at Quesnel Community Foundation.ca or they can go to our website on Facebook, they can donate through there, or they can send a cheque to the Quesnel Community Foundation.”
Salmons says the money raised will stay in the community in the form of grants to not for profit groups and organizations.
“We support a lot of not for profit or charity organizations in the Quesnel area. 24 different organizations, everything from art and social issues and all sorts of things, sports groups, so it really helps. A lot of people donate to the Quesnel Community Foundation because they know the money stays right here in Quesnel. The administration costs for the foundation are very low, so the money actually goes to the people that can really use it.”
The campaign runs until December 15th.
Salmons says they are not at their goal yet, but they are getting there.
The endowment fund, that started out at 50 thousand dollars after Quesnel hosted the 2000 BC Winter Games, is now up to around 4.2 million dollars.
It is the interest and money earned from the endowment that goes back out into the community each year.