Who We Are
SurreyCares Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life for all area residents through the growth and stewardship of permanent endowment funds and the distribution of income to a broad range of eligible organizations and activities.
Our vision is to lead a stronger, more meaningful, inclusive community connection into the future, and to build a resilient and resourceful community. We encourage contributions to a community endowment and the earnings flow back to worthwhile community causes in the form of grants.
The SurreyCares Community Foundation is not-for-profit charitable organization that provides funding, financial administration and research for the community of Surrey, British Columbia. We draw community service agencies together to form a network of organizations and societies for the exchange of ideas, support, energy, and encouragement. SurreyCares was established in 1994; one of 191 community foundations across Canada under Community Foundations of Canada, each serving their community. Better known as a “charity for charities”, we serve the people of Surrey by providing reliable, enduring financial tools to community-minded individuals, families, businesses, non-profit agencies, and fundraising groups.
Our Vital Signs report is a great example of a program that has been created and improved by our network.
What We Do
#1 – Funds
We collect donations to grant out to qualified agencies in Surrey. The funds you give through SurreyCares are granted back out to the community. Giving to the community through SurreyCares and having us manage your gift has many benefits. Your money:
- remains independent while providing charities with needed funds
- allows charities’ workers to focus their vision instead of crawling through money management
- stays right here in Surrey and will keep giving for years to come
What’s more, the money you give supports the cause you care about over time. Most charitable organizations serve a particular community need, but they might stop serving the cause you support—or even fold. If that happens, SurreyCares will redirect your grant to another charity of your choice, or will choose one according to your wishes.
#2 – Financial Administration
Through our Annual Grants Program, we award grants of up to $5,000 to initiatives that we believe will have the greatest impact on the community. These are solely administered and awarded by SurreyCares.*
We also provide flexible grant administration for our partners. This commonly works in two ways:
- The Partner awards the grant, SurreyCares handles administration at a low cost.
- The Partner sets out guidelines, SurreyCares awards and handles administration.
#3 – Community Interaction
If you are a service provider in Surrey, BC, and you have an event coming up, let us know and we will post it in our Events Calendar.
Established in 1994, SurreyCares has Francisca and Edwin Darts to thank for seeding our very own community foundation. The Darts created a trust for the land to be preserved as a botanical garden for a millennium. They wanted to make sure that the stunningly beautiful Darts Hill Garden Park they created could be enjoyed for generations to come.
Their original endowment of $200,000, which got the Surrey Foundation going, now stands at $4 million. With our management, their legacy will provide an estimated $4 million in interest over the next 25 years, monies that will finance improvements and upkeep in the garden. Their original investment is still intacct, and yet their gift will continue for many generations.
SurreyCares Community Foundation is a proud member of the Community Foundations of Canada.
Charitable registration #: 892378043 RR0001