About the Mission Community Foundation

The Mission Community Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization, which collects funds from donors and invests these funds, using the income for the benefit of the citizens of the Mission area, in the fields of education, recreation, culture, and the humanities.


The Mission Community Foundation believes in a simple concept we ‘help you to help others’.

The Foundation is comprised of a core group of volunteers who sit on our Board and various Committees.  These individuals contribute their time and expertise to help the Foundation grow and remain viable in the Community.

Our Board of Directors has a combination of elected individuals as well as appointed representatives from the District of Mission, Chamber of Commerce, Mission Public Schools #75, Mission Community Services, and the Fraser Valley Regional District.  This diversity provides us with multiple points of view and helps us remain focused and strong.

We currently have 4 committees and they are:

Bursary & Scholarship Committee:  These individuals are charged with reviewing, interviewing and recommending students for Scholarships and Bursaries.  They dedicate three full days to interviewing the students and then work to match recipients with funds available.  Their recommendations are taken to the Board of Directors for final approval and awards are presented.

Development Committee:  This group of individuals are charged with developing marketing campaigns, website and social media changes, and contacting individuals and organizations to become benefactors.  They meet monthly to discuss ideas and implement changes such as this new website.

Distribution Committee:  This committee is in charge of grant dispersal.  They review the grant applications three times yearly and make recommendations to the Board of Directors based on applicants and funds available.

Investment Committee: This committee meets quarterly to review our portfolio.  The Foundation invests our money based on a pre-determined investment policy that safeguards the funds as much as possible through prudent investing.

We hope to continue supporting the Community for years to come and if you would like to become part of our fantastic organization, please contact our Office Manager at 604.826.5322 and advise her of your desire to join us in helping you help others.

Upcoming Events

Grant Cycle 2 – 2017 Cut off: June 1, 2017

Grant Cycle 2 is quickly approaching. Applications will be received until 12:00 midnight on June 1, 2017.  Application form available under GRANTS tab on this website. Contact Angie Hetlinger  604-826-5322 if you have any questions.

G. W. Cooke Awards Presentation

Date: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 Time: 7:00 pm Location: Clarke Theatre Annual awards presented to middle school children who excel in math and science as well as community spirit.

Foundation Legacy Dinner

Date: August 10, 2017 Mingling starts at 5:30 pm Dinner starts at 6:30 pm Location: Heritage Park Tennis Court Catering: Blackberry Kitchen Tickets: $70.00 per person (maximum of 125 tickets will be sold) Dress Code in Effect: Black, White and/or Purple Come join us...

Final Grant Cycle of 2016 cut off

November 1, 2016 If you have a charitable registration number and a project that needs financial assistance, consider applying with the Mission Community Foundation for a Grant.  Details on who can apply and how to apply can be found on our Grant Applications page. ...

Community Foundations Canada Special Grant Cycle

December 2016 In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, Community Foundations Canada has opened special granting to the community foundations across Canada.  Mission Community Foundation has been allocated funding to provide grants to organizations who...

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MissionFest 2017

August 12, 2017, 10:00am - August 12, 2017, 4:00pm

Missionfest 2017 is happening Saturday August 12th from 10-4... it's going to be HUGE!!! From 3 story Inflatables, Zipline, Craft Beer, Music, Dance Stage, Train Rides, Mountain Bike Demo, Amazing Bal...

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It is with great sadness that we share this news. On Monday, July 3, 2017 Esther Claire Kathleen Clemo passed away in her home.

Claire was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada in 1954. She became a teacher in 1964 and spent over 30 years teaching the youth of Mission. Recognized for her dedication, she won the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal, the Rotary Club Distinguished Service award and recently she became a Freeman of the City of Mission.

Claire was also a benefactor at the Mission Community Foundation creating a scholarship for future teachers and/or nurses. Her goal was to ensure that at least one student could receive her award annually and if there weren’t enough monies in the fund on a particular year, she would simply top it up.
Her generosity did not stop with the Foundation. Claire believed that good health was also important and as such was a supporter of the Mission Memorial Hospital. She has the honor of holding Sapphire status on their remembrance wall.

Claire genuinely cared about the people in her life and continued to follow the lives of her students after they left her charge. Despite ill health, she always wore a smile. All who knew her will miss her.

Good-bye good friend, keep a watchful eye out for us.

Anyone wishing to share stories about Miss Clemo, please feel free to comment.

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