With over $2.2 million in vested funds working for the Boundary region, the Foundation directors have set their sights on continuing to grow their funds to build on the grants distributed since 1997. Director and incoming chair of the Grants Committee, George Longden, announced the Foundation’s aim to raise $1.8 million by 2018, or 1.8 x 18 as the campaign is named.
Hand in hand with their goals to build the Foundation came the announcement that they will be undertaking the second review of the region’s Vital signs. Originally done in 2009, the Vital Signs project gathers the insight about key areas of socio-economic factors in the Boundary region from the people who live here. Blending people’s input with data gathered from a variety of sources, the Foundation will publish a report on the “vital signs” of the Boundary next year. This report helps guide their granting decisions and gives community organizations important information to access funding to help address community needs. Doug Lacey, vice-president of the Foundation, will be chairing the committee of community representatives as this moves forward.
After hosting their annual social this month during National Philanthropy week, the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities also released their annual report available electronically on request or by mail.