The Cochrane Foundation was started in 1993 by visionaries Neil Harvie, Ray Zell and Bob Aylesworth. They wanted a means of supporting important community ideals related to arts, culture, environment, youth, education, health, recreation and more. They created a permanent endowment fund where individual donations would be pooled and community grants were given annually through the interest income generated. To date, the Foundation has granted almost $800,000 back to Cochrane and area to over 90 charitable organizations.
Co-founder Ray Zell passed away this year and we miss him and remember his wonderful sense of humor, his gentleness and his generosity towards the community. Even though Neil, Ray and Bob are no longer with us, their legacy lives on through the Cochrane Foundation.
Glen Boles, a former Director of the Foundation for a number of years retired from the Board and has very generously donated his original art work, “Man of Vision”, to the Foundation to use for fundraising. We thank Glen for his continued involvement in the community and the Foundation with this generous gift.
The Cochrane Foundation is governed by ten local volunteer Board members including Chair, Tim Harvie, Vice-Chair, Jim Blyth, Secretary, Kelsey Envik, Treasurer, Lynn Edge and Directors, Dana Boothby, Joann Churchill, Bill Dickson, Ian Kruger, Jack Tennant and Lynn Thomson.
In 2017 the Foundation received 28 applications with nearly $300,000 being requested. There was a diverse array of non-profit organizations requ
esting funding for capital projects and project needs including recreation, environmental, social, youth, arts and health. Dr. George McQuitty Memorial fund is also administered through the Cochrane Foundation and a number of very qualified applications were received for medical scholarships.
This year a total of 12 charities have received a total of $51,803 in community grants. 3 medical students who attended Cochrane high schools are sharing the $3,825 Dr. McQuitty Memorial funding.
Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation
Bow Valley Habitat Development
Cochrane & District Agricultural Society
Cochrane & Area Humane Society
Cochrane & Area Victims Services
Cochrane Ecological Institute
Cochrane Legion Cenotaph project
Helping Families Handle Cancer
Helping Hands Society of Cochrane & Area
STARS – Cochrane
Spirit Winds Stepping Stones Foundation
Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
Dr. George McQuitty Memorial scholarships
The Cochrane Foundation is reaching out to the community to assist in growing the $1.5M capital fund in order to be able to offer more funds back to the community through the interest income realized. We thank the number of individuals and organizations who have so generously contributed to the fund over the years. We would like to realize a goal of $2M over the next few years. As we are able to grow the endowment with your generosity, the interest income grows enabling the Foundation to grant more funds to the community. We invite you to please contact any of the Board members to discuss the Foundation and how your generosity can make a lasting difference in Cochrane and area.