OUR HISTORY

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.

The Directors of the Commission at that time felt that the sizable donation could have a much longer effect on the community if it was invested in perpetuity and revenues from the investment spent annually.

The Matsqui-Abbotsford Parks and Recreation Foundation Society was formed in December of 1979.  Following three years of operation, the new Directors of the Foundation felt the organization would be more accepted and have a greater growth potential if it was independent of Council.  As a result of these discussions, a special resolution was adopted that changed the existing Foundation to the Matsqui-Abbotsford Foundation Society.  The Directors of the Foundation would now be elected by the members (who are the Directors). With the amalgamation of the Matsqui and Abbotsford municipalities in 1994, a further amendment was made to the constitution that changed the name of the Foundation once again to the Abbotsford Foundation.  In 2002 the name was revised to “Abbotsford Community Foundation”.

The Abbotsford Community Foundation has experienced steady asset growth over the years.  This has come about through the generous giving of a number of people in the community plus the establishment of several special funds by other not for profit groups and special interest organizations within the area.  ACF’s current endowment is well over $10 million and from 1980 to 2016 has distributed over $9 million in grants and student awards. These grants have been made to many charitable organizations for programs and projects in Abbotsford related to education, culture, arts, sports, agriculture enhancement, recreation and social issues like homelessness and poverty. 

2016

Kornelson Family Fund

January 7, 2016

2016

Additions to S&C Fund 2016

January 5, 2016

$36,226.20

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2016

ACS Food Bank

January 4, 2016

2016

Additions to Agriculture Enhancement Fund 2016

January 4, 2016

$292,302.78

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2015

Additions to S&C Fund

June 2, 2015

$47,297.00

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2014

Agriculture Enhancement Fund 2014

June 1, 2014

2014

Abbotsford Heat

January 31, 2014

$60,000

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2014

UWFV Managed

January 1, 2014

$123,338

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2013

Agriculture Enhancement Fund

June 2, 2013

2012

Student Memorials 2012

June 3, 2012

New Memorials for Eveline Grace Hardy, Jerry Alamwala

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2012

William A Mercer Memorial

June 1, 2012

Donor $49,000

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2012

John Kroeger Fund for Children

May 31, 2012

Donor $600,281.93

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2011

New Memorials

June 1, 2011

Student Awards Program Memorials: Kari Bell, Kody Ramsay, OPA’s Last Wish

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2011

Nikaido Matching Created Funds

May 31, 2011

Abbotsford Community Services, BBBS, Dr. Tsang, FVBIA, Shepherds Watching Over Us $92,000

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2010

John A & Muriel Murphy Memorial

June 1, 2010

Student Awards Program $50,000

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2010

Calder-Giacchini Memorial

May 31, 2010

$1,000,000

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2010

Housing Fund 2010

February 28, 2010

Housing Fund – Neighbourhood Ball

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2009

Housing Fund

March 2, 2009

Housing Fund Donation – A Neighbourhood Ball

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2009

Community Donation

February 25, 2009

John A. & Muriel Murphy donate $50,000 to the community

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2009

Student Award Program Memorials

January 29, 2009

Memorials created for Al Pauls, Ashley Lowey, and Sean Phillips

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2008

MSA Museum Society

June 1, 2008

2008

Student Award Program Memorials

February 25, 2008

Memorials for Katie McKenzie, Spencer Lightburn, & Trevor Dueck

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2008

Student Award Program Fund Contribution

January 29, 2008

Beehive Rebekah Lodge #69, $50,000.00

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2007

Student Awards Program Memorials for Joshua Jensen and Sam Posthumus

February 25, 2007

2007

Hartley & Roslin Lovick Memorial Founded

January 29, 2007

2006

Abbotsford 2006 BC Summer Games Fund

May 31, 2006

Donor $36,387.97

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2006

Imagine Abbotsford

January 14, 2006

Grants Committee Chair Marilyn Hamilton called and facilitated an Imagine Abbotsford meeting with local ‘key’ organizations and foundations.

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2005

Mary Victoria Wakefield Memorial

June 1, 2005

Ms. Wakefield’s final estate gift is received with the total of the Mary Victoria Wakefield Memorial Animal Welfare Fund being $235,326.88

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2005

Expanded Partnership Granting with United Way

January 1, 2005

the Partnership Granting model expanded – both Chilliwack and Mission joined the granting table – $60,000 was granted to Charities in the Fraser Valley based on the Four Priorities.

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2004

Mary Victoria Wakefield Initial Gift

August 1, 2004

The Foundation receives an initial estate gift from the late Mary Victoria Wakefield in the amount of $50,000.00 in support of animal welfare.

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2004

Shared Office Space Concept

May 1, 2004

The Foundation and the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Assoc. in an office sharing concept move into 1666 square feet of office space on Garden Street.

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2003

Life Insurance Policy Donation

December 1, 2003

A donation of a life insurance policy for $200,000.00 was received and allocated to the Foundation’s Administrative Fund.

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2003

United Way Partnership Granting

September 1, 2003

Partnership Granting with United Way of the Fraser Valley began in 2003/ 2004 totaling $50,000 to worthy projects. The 2004 Community Assessment Project prioritized twelve areas of need in the Fraser Valley. A further report, Uniting Communities for Action – Building Sustainable Communities in the Fraser Valley identified and prioritized the top twelve issues, then a consensus-based process determined the final four issues that were of most critical importance: Affordable, quality childcare; Community awareness of poverty; Promotion/Co-ordination of volunteer programs; and subsidized housing for people with low incomes.

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2002

Foundation Name Change

July 15, 2002

The Foundation’s name was revised to “Abbotsford Community Foundation”.

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2000

Very Generous Donation

August 17, 2000

The second largest donation ever was made to the Foundation by donor who wished to remain anonymous, the donation of shares, which when sold, realized a gift worth $1,122,119.98. The monies received were allocated to the following four endowment funds: Student & Bursary Fund: $100,000 Land Trust Fund: $125,000 Administration Fund: $448,559 Smart & Caring Community Fund: $448,559

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2000

Internal Staffing Growth

July 21, 2000

The new receptionist-secretary position was confirmed by the Board and Ursula Batke was contracted to fill the position

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2000

Millenium Projects

February 5, 2000

Millennium Projects were endorsed and received financial support from the Foundation.

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1999

Ruth Boulton Contracted

July 6, 1999

Ruth Boulton was contracted to be the first manager of the Land Trust Society

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1997

Asset Development Officer

April 9, 1997

Asset Development officer position changed back to Executive Assistant position.  Debbie Magson was contracted to fill this position.  A second Administrative Assistant position was also created

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1996

Western Canada Summer Games

July 19, 1996

The sum of $249,201 was received from the Abbotsford organizing committee of the Western Canada Summer Games to establish a fund.

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1995

Administration Endowment Fund

January 26, 1995

An Administration Endowment Fund for the Foundation was established and initially funded by a transfer of $8,000 from the Discretionary Fund

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1995

Abbotsford Land Trust Society

January 20, 1995

Formal approval was given for the establishment of the Abbotsford Land Trust Society

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1995

Foundation Name Change

January 20, 1995

With the amalgamation of the Municipalities of Matsqui and Abbotsford into the City of Abbotsford, an amendment was made to the Constitution and Bylaws to change the name of the Foundation to “Abbotsford Foundation”.

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1992

Debbie Magson Hired

February 2, 1992

Debbie Magson was hired as the fund administrator for the Scholarship & Bursary Fund

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1990

Mr Bertram A Bickford Scholarship

December 14, 1990

Mr. Bertram A. Bickford established a scholarship with the Scholarship & Bursary Committee by depositing cheques for $129,106.

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1990

March 1990 – Scholarship Bursary Fund

March 1, 1990

The Scholarship & Bursary Fund of School District #34 was transferred to the Foundation December 1989 and the Foundation deposited $50,000 into the Scholarship & Bursary Fund from Discretionary Fund surplus.

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1988

1988 Valley Royals Track and Field Club

January 31, 1988

Valley Royals Track and Field Club – established a 10-year holding Fund with the Foundation. The initial deposit was for $100,000 and another $120,000 was added in 1989. In October 1996 this Fund became a permanent endowment Fund with the financial deposits becoming a perpetual investment.

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1984

June 21, 1984

June 21, 1984

The Foundation was granted charitable status and received its charitable number from Revenue Canada.

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