Our Story

Connecting a caring community with causes that matter. It’s why we focus on building relationships, growing support and changing lives.

The PCF (Peninsula Community Foundation) began in 1998 as the White Rock-South Surrey Community Foundation. It was established by a group of local business people who wanted to leave a lasting legacy in the Semiahmoo Peninsula community.

Our aim is to make giving easy, efficient and effective. We act as partners and advisors to those who are committed to raising funds, accepting donations and establishing long-term giving plans in the community.

Over the years, we’ve committed $500,000 to the Centre for Active Living and have administered grants totalling close to $1,000,000. All annual administrative expenses are covered by sustaining partner grants.

10 Reasons To Work With Us

  1. We’re a local organization with deep roots in the community.
  2. Our staff and volunteers have broad expertise regarding community issues and needs.
  3. We provide highly personalized service that’s tailored to each individual’s charitable and financial interests.
  4. Our funds help people invest in the causes they care about the most.
  5. We accept a wide variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving.
  1. We partner with professional advisors to create highly effective approaches to charitable giving.
  2. We offer maximum tax advantage under federal law.
  3. We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts and grants.
  4. We build endowment funds that benefit the community forever and help create personal legacies
  5. We’re a community leader, fostering collaboration on issues of broad interest to create positive change.

What is a Community Foundation?

Did you know community foundations are among the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy in Canada today? Three unique features differentiate a community foundation – like the PCF – from other forms of organized charities.

Endowment Building

As a community foundation, the PCF builds endowments and other funds to provide lasting support for local priorities by accepting a wide variety of gifts and providing donors with a number of charitable options.  Contributions can be made in the form of cash, stocks, property and other assets.  An individual or family may establish a fund in their name or in the name of a loved one as a memorial.  In most cases, gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law.

Local Grant-making Expertise

All PCF board members, volunteers and staff work tirelessly to achieve an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities and resources that shape our community.  We evaluate all aspects of community well-being: from youth to seniors, education to the environment, social services to healthcare and arts and culture to sports and recreation. The PCF can also assist in helping contributors learn more about local organizations and programs that are making a difference in those areas that are important to individuals or organizations.

Community Leadership

Because community foundations like the PCF support all kinds of charities, they are uniquely positioned to bring people and organizations together, assembling diverse yet connected voices to address local issues and opportunities. A community foundation is sometimes referred to as a “charity of charities”. Simply put, our business is building community.

Find out more about what we do, who we work with and how we can help you, your family or your company make a difference at the local level. You’ll find answers to some common questions below. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us and we’ll get back to you within two business days.

FAQ

Who is the PCF?

The PCF (Peninsula Community Foundation) is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of the White Rock and South Surrey communities. We act as partners and advisors to those who are committed to raising funds by accepting donations and establishing long-term giving plans in the community. We’re volunteer-driven, community-focused and locally-based.

What’s your main objective?

Since 1998, our mission has been to connect a caring community with causes that matter. We focus on building relationships, growing support and changing lives. Over the years, we’ve committed $500,000 to the Centre for Active Living and have administered grants totalling close to $1,000,000. All annual administrative expenses are covered by sustaining partner grants.

Are you a registered non-profit? Do you have a charitable organization number?

Yes, we are a registered non-profit with Canada Revenue Agency. Our registration number is 891528929 RR0001.

What guidelines do you follow for reporting and issuing of tax receipts?

We adhere to strict CRA guidelines for annual reporting and issuing of tax receipts. For more information, please refer to our profile on the CRA website. You’ll find access to current and previous years’ reports along with additional information such as a list of directors or trustees.

Who do you report to at the local level?

We have a volunteer Board of Directors who are independent of our administrative staff. The Board members ensure accountability and adherence to our mandate and reporting requirements. They also provide high-level direction and guidance as needed.

How involved in the local community are you?

The PCF is governed by leaders with strong ties to the community. All PCF board members, volunteers and staff are focused on understanding the issues, opportunities and resources that shape the local community. This means we can be better equipped to foster development of new organizations and programs while still being sensitive to the changing needs of the community that lets us redirect funds as required.

What are some of the things you might look at in a community when it comes to deciding what needs attention or assistance?

We’re constantly evaluating the various aspects – along with related activities and programs – that contribute to community well-being and development, including:

  • Arts & culture
  • Sports & recreation
  • Children & youth
  • Seniors
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Social Services
  • Healthcare

We also help contributors learn more about local organizations and programs that are making a difference in those areas.

What are some of the organizations that you’ve helped out?

These are a few of the local community clubs, agencies and organizations that we’ve been proud to support/partner with:

  • Centre For Active Living
  • Pearce Arch Community Services
  • Community Policing
  • Semiahmoo House Society
  • Semiahmoo Peninsula Marine Rescue Society
  • White Rock Players Club
  • Pearce Arch News Christmas Fund

How does giving through the PCF work?

There are several ways that we facilitate various forms of giving in the community, including:

  • Identifying charitable giving options;
  • Sharing knowledge on community priorities (current and future);
  • Customizing giving approaches to match personal interests and tax planning;
  • Assisting with recommended uses of a gift;
  • Offering grant-making expertise and administrative services;
  • Helping people create personal legacies through named funds;
  • Providing the option to donate anonymously.

What are some of the ways that you can help people or organizations raise funds?

We’ve identified and established five service offerings to assist individuals, companies and organizations with their charitable giving and fundraising efforts.

How are donations made?

We want to make giving easy, efficient and effective. Donations can be made using a variety of charitable forms, including:

  • Outright gifts (cash, stocks, real estate or other assets)
  • Appreciated securities (helps eliminate capital gains tax)
  • Bequests (designate a portion of an estate)
  • Life insurance (receive a portion or all proceeds from a policy)
  • Charitable remainder trust (pays a beneficiary for life then assets are transferred)

In most cases, gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law.

Is there a minimum donation I need to make in order to receive a tax receipt?

Tax receipts can be issued for a donated amount of $20 or more if made in person or by check. For online or e-transfer donations, a tax receipt can be issued for any amount over $5.

Can I set up a fund in someone’s name?

Absolutely. You can establish a fund using the name of a friend or relative, your family’s name, even the name of another person or organization that you would like to honour. Any grant money distributed from that fund is awarded using the fund’s name so the person, the family or the organization is always remembered and linked to the work being done in the community.

How are funds managed? Do you send documentation to fund holders?

Our funds are managed by professional third-party money managers who adhere to best practices regarding fund performance, returns and risk tolerance levels. For funds containing $50,000 or more, monthly reporting is issued directly to fund holders from National Bank.

Do you allocate funds to charities in other countries, like the US for example?

As we are a local charity, and because we prefer to keep funds here in the community, we are not set up to allocate or manage funds outside of Canada.