Smart & Caring Community Campaign


The Challenge

In 2013, ACF decided to take on the Governor General’s challenge to help build a “smart and caring nation” as Canada approached it’s 150th birthday by making a commitment to support programs that help children & families at risk in our community.  We renamed our community granting endowment fund to the Smart & Caring Community Endowment Fund and in 2016 launched our Smart & Caring Golf Classic to help grow the capital of the fund.

Making a Difference

Since the inception of this challenge, ACF has granted over $500,000 to local Abbotsford charities for their programs that support children and families at risk.  Some of the programs that have received our support are:  sending 50 children to the Abbotsford Food Bank’s soccer camp, funding the Youth Commission’s nutrition program, making it possible for children to take music lessons at Bakerview Music Academy, supporting the Salvation Army’s Camp Sunrise; and funding counselling for at risk children and their families in crisis through the Abbotsford Restorative Justice & Advocacy Association.  The campaign has also provided funding of over $90,000 for the Starfish Pack program at the Abbotsford Food Bank. This program provides food for children in need for every weekend during the school year.  Visit our grants section of the website to see last year’s successful applicants.


Our community grants are funded from the income of our Smart and Caring Community Fund. We are actively working to grow the capital of this fund so we can provide more grants in perpetuity to our charity partners.  We can’t do this without you!  Please consider becoming a regular donor through our monthly giving option. If you are a local business please consider becoming a Smart & Caring company with the ACF to support our community fund.  Click here: 40yr Smart&Caring Companies for more details and contact Wendy Neufeld at if you want to sign up.


ACF has funded Starfish Backpacks every year since 2014.  At our annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic we have raised funds at the wrap up dinner to provide an additional 32 backpacks.  We have granted over $90,000 to this program since 2014! Every Friday approximately 263 children and their families receive food for the weekend during the school year.  But there are many others still waiting for their backpacks. Help fund more in the future by making a monthly gift of $45 for 12 months.  Click on the button below to become a monthly donor today.

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