Investing in a Thriving Community

Information for Grant recipients

If you have been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation of Whistler, please refer to our information package for grantees, which can be downloaded here:

2017 Information Package for Grant Recipients

The information kit contains

  • Grant recognition and communication guidelines
  • Social media: website, Facebook, twitter links
  • Information on reporting and disbursement of payments
  • Collecting and telling stories of impact

Please download the following forms for use reporting on existing open grants.

outcome Measurement

Outcome measurement is an approach to examining the impacts of a program. Outcome measurement addresses questions such as:

  • What has changed in the lives of individuals, families, organizations or the community as a result of this program?
  • Has the program made a difference?
  • How are the lives of program participants, and the whole community, better as a result of the program?

Outcome measurement begins with the end in mind. It is an approach to planning that starts with outlining your goals and the outcome you wish to achieve with your program. It also uses indicators to measure whether an outcome has been acheived.

There are various resouces available for outcome measurement. If you are unfamiliar with the framework we suggest you start with the SMART Fund Guide: Splash and Ripple: Using Outcomes to Design and Manage Community Activities.

STORY Telling

Story telling is a powerful tool to help nonprofit organizations bridge the gap of understanding between our work and our audience. Stories create an emotional response in the listener and help people to understand the impact of our work and feel connected to our work.

The Community Foundation of Whistler seeks to help our grant recipients gather and tell stories that demonstrate the impact of your hard work. We encourage grant recipients to plan for story gathering when you are conducting program planning. This will make it easier to collect and tell stories.

The most impactful stories are about the people your organization helps, rather than about your organization.There are many ways to tell stories, including photos, collages, video, narratives, poems and other creative endeavours. We've gathered some resources on story telling to assist you.

Stories Worth Telling: A Guide to Story-telling for Non-profits. Capacity Waterloo Region.

Stories Worth Telling: A Guide to Strategic and Sustainable Nonprofit Storytelling. Meyer Foundation and the Center for Social Impact Communication, Georgetown University.

Storytelling for Nonprofits. How to Present Stories That Attract Donors, Win Support, and Raise Money. Network for Good.

Sea to Sky Southern Stl'atl'imx Dream Makers Literacy Coalition: Story Gathering Protocol

Andy Goodman on Storytelling for Good Causes. Standford Center on Social Innovation.

Three questions to ask someone to get a great story. Charity Village.

Instructions for downloading free story gathering software

Digital Photography and Video Guide


One or two page Grant Impact Report

A short one or two page grant impact report can be an effective way to tell your supporters and the community about your project or program. The report can combine data with photos, narratives or testimonials, charts or infographics.

Please feel free to use our grant impact report template or devise one of your own. Here are some exampes of Grant Impact Reports:

Whistler Suicide Prevention Program 2015 Impact Report

Behind the Image: Whistler Youth Centre- Final Report

Crafty By Nature

SMART Fund Fact Sheet- a great way to tell a story using statistics, graphics, and testimonials

Another great example of story telling, for those organizations who must protect the privacy of their clients, comes from the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC's 2013 Annual Report. The report effectively uses volunteer story-telling and photos to connect with readers.