We give where we live.
We serve Abbotsford by connecting donors with causes that matter to them. Together, we build, invest and manage the gifts we have been given, for the long-term vitality of our community. We offer leadership and build bridges between the diverse groups that give our community life.
More than 40 Years of Community Impact
Abbotsford is a community with deep roots, great diversity, and an open and welcoming spirit. As people, we are more generous than anywhere else in Canada. Philanthropy exists in many ways, but the history of our organization speaks to commitment of sustainable generosity.
The Abbotsford Community Foundation was conceived by a series of initiating events that started with a substantial donation by the Trethewey family to the Matsqui Parks and Recreation Commission in 1978. In 2019, we celebrated 40 years of giving in our community. We are an endowment based organization – what our donors generously give us, we pool, reinvest and the annual earnings are granted back to the community through our granting programs. Through the last four decades we have seen tremendous growth in our capital which has allowed us to support Abbotsford in many ways through grants and scholarships.
Since its inception, Abbotsford Community Foundation has granted over $12 million back into the community, which includes over $5 million in student awards. With your help, we will continue to grow our endowments so that we can further invest in our community, creating a lasting impact that will inspire future generations.
Total grants distributed directly into meaningful causes within Abbotsford in 2020
Total amount granted since 1980
Total scholarships and bursaries allocated to 340 Abbotsford secondary students in 2020
Total scholarships and bursaries awarded since program inception
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September has been formally proclaimed as Community Foundations Month in British Columbia. The initiative aims to educate British Columbians about community foundations’ role in supporting non-profits and charities in their…...
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John Frank Kish was born in Backa Topola, Yugoslavia on January 1, 1927 to parents Louis and Viktoria. His father immigrated to Canada in 1929, eventually settling in the Fraser Valley. John and his mother remained in Yugoslavia, living with his maternal grandmother. In February of 1934, they were able…...
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Student Award Recipient Shares His Appreciation for the Scholarships He Received Through the 2021 Student Awards Program
The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) has a long history of investing in our community and one of our initiatives that helps accomplish this is our Student Awards Program, aiming to increase access to post-secondary education for local graduating students. Earlier this year, we were thrilled to continue this initiative by…...