The mythological Phoenix, rising from the ashes is a universal symbol of immortality. In 1997 the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities was created as a Community Foundation and a member of the Community Foundations of Canada. The Phoenix Foundation was established as a reflection of the great values individuals, families and businesses place on the Boundary area, its heritage, its people and its communities of Beaverdell, Bridesville, Christina Lake, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway and Rock Creek. Our founding directors were Dave Dale, Art Stavenjord, Bill Uphill, Bill Strookoff, Homer Good, Peggy Philips, Annie Holtby, Steve Babakioff (USCC Rep.) and Steve Burt (City of Grand Forks Rep.), key supporters and community forum facilitators included Denny Kemprud and Maxine Ruzicka (School District 51), Leda Leander (BFISS) and Cathy Manson (Grand Forks Credit Union). Throughout the early development of the Foundation School District 51 and the Grand Forks Credit Union were supporting organizations providing critical administrative services and resources. gary smith presenting cheque from phoenix foundation

Through contributions from donors, the Phoenix Foundation assembles and administers permanent endowments so the income can be eternally reinvested in our community. Through our granting process, the revenue from these endowments supports local charitable organizations, community projects and initiatives for today and into the future.

The Phoenix Foundation recognizes our Boundary community needs many things to be a place where people choose to live and work. It needs a vision for the future. It needs to be a safe place to live. It needs easily accessible resources for its residents. It needs affordable artistic, athletic and cultural programs. It needs dedicated people who care enough about their community to make it better. It needs funding for community activities and programs.

To donors, the Phoenix Foundation offers expert assistance in learning more about the causes they care about, and the ability to make positive change by contributing with others sharing similar interests. To the community at large, the foundation offers a permanent, growing source of funds for community projects, leadership grants and scholarships.

The Phoenix Foundation helps the people of the Boundary Region by encouraging philanthropy and funding charitable activities. Through contributions from donors, the Phoenix Foundation assembles and administers permanent pools of capital so the returns can be perpetually reinvested in our communities. The Phoenix Foundation complements and supports other charitable agencies.

Mission Statement


The Phoenix Foundation fulfills its mission by:

  • Perpetuity - Establishing a growing capital fund whose earnings will be used to meet a wide range of local charitable needs and interests;
  • Development – Attracting contributions in the form of permanent endowments either with or without restriction or designation;
  • Investment – Maintaining the purchasing power of funds entrusted to the Phoenix Foundation while achieving maximum returns consistent with prudent investing;
  • Grant-making – Making wise and effective distributions to meet the communities’ needs while respecting specific directions of the donors;
  • Community Leadership – Providing leadership to the Boundary communities in identifying problems, opportunities and appropriate responses.

A better boundary fosters more opportunities through:

  • Promoting social capital, community capacity and resiliency through local, provincial and national partnerships.
  • Determining priorities and needs through collaboration with the community through our sectoral advisory committee.

  • To ensure there are healthy supportive environments in which children and youth of the Boundary can flourish
  • To support and advance community health services from infants to seniors
  • To support social services to empower people in need and to alleviate human suffering and poverty
  • To advance community education through the establishment of scholarship funds and the funding of worthy educational endeavors
  • To assist and promote the arts and cultural activities including, without limitations, theatre, dance, literature, film, video, music, painting and sculpture
  • To proactively support emerging community activities or facilities of a charitable nature

  • The Phoenix Foundation is a trusted agent for philanthropy, benefiting our community, today and forever
  • Trusted by donors as the first choice to create endowments
  • Recognized by charities as the primary source for grants meeting community needs, enriching people's lives and building an enduring legacy of positive change
  • Acknowledged by community leaders as the right place for innovative and prudent investments in the Boundary’s future


The integrity of the Phoenix Foundation lies in its values:

  • Its relationships with the community including donors, grantees, volunteers and staff
  • Its role as a catalyst for building and strengthening our community
  • Its commitment of openness, honesty, and accessibility
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