Kamloops Foundation Director Paddy Harrington is welcome to visit Lillooet any time, particularly when he brings a cheque for the Lillooet Community Foundation
In a presentation at the beginning of a recent District of Lillooet Council meeting, Mayor Dennis Bontron accepted a $4303.61 cheque from Harrington.
It’s the latest disbursement from the Kamloops Foundation, which acts as the umbrella organization for the Lillooet Community Foundation.
The Kamloops Foundation has raised almost $4 million in endowments, and disbursed almost $150,000 in community grants over the past year. The foundation serves the Thompson, Nicola, South Cariboo and mid-Fraser areas.
“People are now accepting the idea that we can build a legacy,” said Harrington. “In other words, don’t spend the money right away, make it spend forever.”
During his presentation, Harrington noted that Interior Savings Credit Union makes rotating donations on an annual basis from a $20,000 community fund to community foundations throughout its service region. He said he wasn’t sure when Lillooet would receive ISCU funding, but the community is definitely part of the rotation and would receive approximately $1,300 to add to the Community Foundation coffers.
He said there’s also $900, plus almost $1,300 in interest in a Lillooet Millennium fund that is also controlled by the Kamloops Foundation.
Later in the meeting, council voted to approve a recommendation from the Lillooet Community Foundation to award an $840 grant to the Lillooet Naturalist Society to help fund its Oct. 1-6, 2012 Lillooet Nature Camp, pending the submission of a completion report for the 2011 Lillooet Hiking Guide project.
Upon the recommendation of the Lillooet Community Foundation, council declined a $1,000 funding request from the Powerhouse & Seton River Advisory Group for trail upgrades. The request was denied because the grant application did not contain a prior year’s financial statement from the organization, self-sustainability issues were not addressed within the application and the document did not address potential long term access issues for the proposed trails.