Donor-advised and donor directed funds
Jill Ackhurst Social Action Fund
The Jill Ackhurst Social Action Fund was created in 2004 to honour a leading member of Whistler’s community who died on December 27, 2003 from cancer at the age of 57. Through local and international organizations, Jill Ackhurst dedicated herself to community development. She embodied an intelligent, hands-on approach to resolving social justice issues, especially in the Sea to Sky corridor.
The objective of the fund is to promote an awareness of issues affecting the health of all communities in the Sea to Sky corridor and to seek their solution through effective action.
Marlene Siemens Callanish Society Fund
This fund was created in 2010 by Marlene Siemens to support the Callanish Society. The Callanish Society is a small, grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to improving the emotional and spiritual health of our communities by assisting families with cancer, and their health care providers, to explore illness and/or death openly and consciously. Weeklong retreats and ongoing support programs are offered by a team of health care professionals and volunteers who believe that communities can develop resilience in the face of illness and healing, loss and death, by coming together in a process of authentic dialogue and in an in-depth exploration of what it means to heal emotionally and spiritually while living with, or dying from, cancer.
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Ackhurst Family Rotary Club of Whistler Fund
In 2013 the Community Foundation of Whistler received a bequest from Mr. Gordon Bishop in memory of his daughter, Jill Ackhurst. Jill Ackhurst, who passed away in 2003, was an active community volunteer. She was a dedicated member of the Rotary Club and not only served her local community, but also took on projects internationally, including a home for street youth in Tanzania. Mr. Bishop wished for a portion of his bequest to support the Rotary Club of Whistler in memory of Jill and this fund was created to honour his request. All the earnings from the fund support the Rotary Club of Whistler's international work.
Whistler Employee Fund
This fund was created in 2005 by participating employees from 4 local businesses: RBC, TD Canada Trust, Race and Company LLP, and Pique Newsmagazine. The fund provided local employees the opportunity to support charities that operate in the community in which they live through a payroll deduction program. The fund also gives participating employees the opportunity to have input into the how funds are disbursed. Volunteer employees from each of the 4 establishing businesses form an advisory committee who create grant recommendations.