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The mission of the Gary Bennett Family Fund in the Central Okanagan Foundation is to provide an opportunity to give back to our community by providing continuing and long-term support directly to those most in need in a very cost effective manner.

That support targets several groups.  Many or our community’s citizens face incredible challenges, especially our youth.  The challenge for our youth is getting the education necessary to become productive citizens.  The mission of the Gary Bennett Family Fund in the Central Okanagan Foundation is to assist our community’s youth who face many challenges to grow and mature as committed, knowledgeable and contributing Canadian citizens.

This support takes several forms.

  • THE GBFF SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM

To provide financial assistance to various Breakfast Programs in selected Kelowna schools that are located in economically challenged areas.

  • THE GBFF STRIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The provision of post-secondary scholarships to selected participants who face considerable challenges.  It is important that these students expand their education and develop the skills necessary to find success in their lives.

  • THE SCHOOL DISTRICT 23 AND OKANAGAN COLLEGE GATEWAY PROGRAM

The provision of scholarships to graduates of the Gateway Program that enable them to move forward into their dual credit trade training apprenticeship programs.

  • THE CENTRAL OKANAGAN COMMUNITY FOOD BANK’S ‘NO HUNGRY CHILDREN PROGRAM’.

Funds are provided that allows the Food Bank to buy specific foods for this age range.

  • THE GBFF MONEY MANAGEMENT SEMINARS

The provision of money management seminars to help these students to build sustainable lifestyles.

Joining Together – We recognize that many ‘hands’ joining together to provide support to those in need can have a powerful, positive impact on those members of our community that are truly struggling.  The Fund wants to provide an opportunity for those individuals, corporations and organizations that wish to assist the Fund in these worthwhile endeavors to donate to a well-managed, cost-effective, non-profit charitable foundation.

If you like the idea of ‘giving back’ to our community by supporting some very worthy causes, and if you like our guarantee that 100% of your donation will go to those causes, then consider joining with us in this effort to provide support to those that need our help.

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