The Port Moody Foundation: Grants, Presidents and Community, Oh My!


Port Moody Foundation

Like many people I’ve heard of the Port Moody Foundation, but I honestly had no idea what it actually did. When I got a news release from them, announcing that they had awarded grants to some local charities, the time seemed ripe to learn more.

What is the Port Moody Foundation?

According to the Port Moody Foundation, their mission is to encourage charitable giving from the people of Port Moody to ensure funding for social, cultural, ecological and recreational causes, which enhance quality of life for the Port Moody community. So, basically, the foundation accepts donations and then uses that money to support other charitable groups in the city. To that end, it manages five endowment funds worth more than $500,000 in total. Since 2005 it has provided more than 30 grants totaling in excess of $50,000 to support the work of local non-profits.

2012 Funding Grants

This past June at its AGM the foundation announced the recipients of their 2012 funding grants, each of which received $2000. They are:

  • Port Moody Arts Centre – The grant was awarded to facilitate sound-proofing of Studio 6. This will allow music, theatre, and arts classes to be held at the same time without noise concerns.
  • Port Moody Heritage Society The grant supports building an outdoor platform and presentation stage at Port Moody Station Museum. The new platform and stage will provide an additional all-weather location so that programs and events can be held throughout the year.
  • Pleasantside Elementary School – This conditional grant is awarded over two years for an outdoor experiential learning centre. The centre aims to develop environmental awareness and leadership among youth with emphasis on forests and their importance in our natural environment. The school is actively campaigning to raise the balance of funds required.

The money from these grants comes from the annual income from the Port Moody Foundation’s community endowment fund. That particular fund was started in 1989 and it continues to grow thanks to support from local citizens, businesses, organizations and other community partners.

New President

The foundation has other news, as well. Robert Simons, who you may remember from his mayoral run last November, is the new President of the Port Moody Foundation’s board of directors, replacing David Spence who will continue on the board as Past President. Robert has been actively engaged with the Port Moody community for many years and previously served as vice-president of the foundation’s board. If you’re a Port Moody resident, and you’d like to give back to your community by serving on the foundation’s board, you’re welcome to contact them at info@portmoodyfoundation.bc.ca or 604.469.4699 for more information.

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