Field of Interest Funds
These are discretionary funds intended to support general areas of interest to the community as chosen by the donor:
- Bob and Sue Adams Leadership Fund
- Environmental Legacy Fund
- Emergency Fund
- Kathy Barnett Memorial Fund
- Mischa Artnott Alpine Youth Fund
- Whistler Blackcomb Fund
- Whistler Youth Foundation Fund
Since making Whistler their home in 1988, Bob and Sue Adams have immersed themselves in community life. Here is where they built their businesses and became fixtures on nearly every board and volunteer community organization in Whistler and Pemberton. They have mentored dozens of individuals into becoming business and community leaders.
The Bob and Sue Adams Leadership Fund provides grants to support the professional development of those in the community who work or volunteer for local charties. The fund also supports scholarships to graduating students in the Whistler and Pemberton. The focus for scholarships will be to support students pursuing community development, social work, psychology, or business studies.
This fund encourages eligible organizations to develop programs and processes in the Whistler region that:
- Establish environmental conservation activities;
- Restore, rehabilitate or enhance natural habitats;
- Provide, encourage or support scientific research that benefits the environment;
- Provide, encourage or support public education or raise public awareness about environmental stewardship;
- Map and inventory natural resources for environmental management planning purposes; and
- Establish or promote local environmental stewardship or local participation in programs that preserve, enhance, conserve or restore the environment.
The purpose of this fund is to provide emergency assistance to individuals living in Whistler or Pemberton who have experienced loss due to an emergency.
This fund was established in 2008 by Bob Barnett and the Community Foundation of Whistler in memory of Kathy Barnett. The fund was also created with significant support from Kathy's family, friends and colleagues. Kathy was a strong, community oriented woman who gave of herself for the betterment of others. Together with her husband, Kathy founded Pique Newsmagazine. She was a founding director of the Community Foundation of Whistler, past Chair of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce and, among other accomplishments, an appointee to the provincial Ministry of Small Business and Revenue's roundtable on small business.
The fund provides leadership grants to women living in the Sea to Sky Corridor. The grants are intended to support women who work with local charities and who wish to pursue professional development opportunities that will be used to give back to their charity and improve the quality of life in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Mischa Arnott Alpine Youth Fund
A much beloved young girl and old soul, Mischa Arnott was born and brought up in the mountains of British Columbia, and made a special connection with every person who walked alongside during her journey. After many years of illness, she passed away at age 11 after her beautiful heart and mind could no longer be carried by a broken body.
It was in these mountains - both literally and figuratively - that she found compassion, strength, and a positive bravery that knew no bounds. Her love for climbing and skiing from the age of 2, and freedom through art and music, to her astounding connection and concern with animals and particularly wildlife, reminded us all of her big beautiful open heart. She connected friends and strangers alike, as one felt drawn to her for her optimism in the face of such steep and insurmountable obstacles.
It was her wish to return one day to these very mountains to climb and ski and watch the pikas scramble through the boulders, and as such a dedicated youth bunk room is being established in conjunction with the Spearhead Hut Society, in her name.
This legacy project will welcome youth to participate in the hut and surrounding mountains, introducing and educating our young people to the beauty of these mountains, and how these experiences can change lives forever.
Mischa reminded us that we each have our own mountains to climb.
With love, no summit is too high.
Note: This fund has yet to be endowed. A fundraising campaign has been initiated through the Community Foundation of Whistler to raise funds for the Youth Room at the Kees and Claire Huts.
This fund supports projects and activities that benefit children, youth and families. The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Fund participates in the Community Grants program.
The Whistler Youth Foundation is dedicated to supporting youth-oriented programs through grants and volunteerism.
Youth are one of Whistler's largest stakeholder groups and the Whistler Youth Foundation seeks to engage youth in community activities. The Whistler Youth Foundation is composed of local youth who provide input into the grants awarded from the Whistler Youth Foundation Fund.
Grants generated by the Whistler Youth Foundation Fund support projects by youth and projects that benefit youth.