FAQ

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 (link to “Contact Us” page) and we’ll get back to you within two business days.

What 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.

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.

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.