Mr. G.W. (Bill) Harris, a long time Mission resident and former Mayor,  saw the need for a facility whereby Mission residents would be able to leave funds, in perpetuity, for the benefit of the community and its citizens.

Such a facility was available through a Charitable Foundation.  He, together with others of similar vision approached the then Dewdney Constituency M.L.A.’s for their backing.  Austin Pelton and Norm Jacobsen sponsored Bill Pr404 and the Mission Foundation was born.  Financial assistance during its formative stages was provided by the Mission Rotary and Kinsmen Clubs, McKnight Johnson and Partners and by the Founders: Norman Cook, G.W. Harris, Albert McMahon, Gordon Ruley, G.W. Walker, and John Weisgerber.

The first fund entrusted to the Mission Foundation came through the Estate of the late Margaret Erskine, in the amount if $228,000 dedicated to post-secondary education.  Today, 84 funds worth over $4,200,000 are under administration.  In addition to Designated Funds, the Foundation also receives donations “In Memoriam”, and responds to ongoing inquiries as to opportunities that might be administered by the Foundation.

The Foundation is managed by a Board of  twelve individuals who occupy key positions in the community.  There are five appointed members and the balance representing District of Mission, School District #75 (Mission), Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mission Community Services Society and Fraser Valley Regional District.

An Investment Committee acts with a professional Investment Manager, using expert financial advice for the funds entrusted to the Foundation. Audit is done annually, with results delivered at the Annual General Meeting.

Official name change occurred in 2007.

Mission Community Foundation will receive funds in any amount, and issues receipts for Income Tax purposes. Named funds with specified granting request must be capitalized by a minimum $10,000. Until they are, the funds are Start-Ups waiting for maturation.

The Foundation was established by an Act of the B.C. Legislature on  June 19, 1987. Official name change amendment Bill Pr 402-2007, May 8, 2007.

Mission Community Foundation is registered with Canada Customs and Revenue Agency as a Public Foundation under rules applicable to Registered Charities.  Donations qualify for individual tax relief pursuant to Charitable Registration  No. 119042810R0001

Upcoming Events

2018 Scholarship Awards Presentation

May 2nd, 2018 7:00 pm at the Clarke Theatre Come join us in celebrating our 30th year of providing scholarships to local students.  All benefactors and past recipients are encouraged to join us.  We'd love to get a group picture of everyone who has been involved with...

2018 Scholarship Interviews

The 2018 Scholarship applications have been received and we are setting up interviews for students for April 3, 4, 5, 2018.    Each interview is a maximum of 15 minutes and it will be in front of our panel of 5 committee members.   Location for interviews will be at...

Announcing the Caring Fund

A Community Foundation is only as strong as its endowment funds.  Mission Community Foundation recently announced that it would like to increase its endowment equity $2,000,000.00 by the year 2020. Hearing that call to action, Rosemary & Gerry Nemanishen have created...

Foundation Office Moves

After many happy years of being tenants of the School District, the Mission Community Foundation has left Heritage Park School to make room for more classrooms.  While we have enjoyed our time with the schools, we understand the need and have moved out of the school...

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.