Posted by Colin Heggie on Mar 30, 2021
Jim Kanester filled in for his no-show speaker, talking about the Community Foundation of North Okanagan, found online at cfno.org.  Founded in 1975, the Foundation now has over $16m in assets, & has distributed over $7.5m.  Recent improvements their website allow more flexibility in donations to a wide variety of designated, donor advised, “Smart & Caring Community,” & term endowment funds.  Of particular interest is the “Vital Signs” section of the CFNO website.  This is an annual check-up to measure community vitality through data on significant social & economic trends, with analysis in areas critical to quality of life.  There are sustainable development goals, plus reports on arts & culture, belonging & leadership, environment, getting around, health & wellness, housing, income gap, learning, work & economy, & safety.  Four downloadable reports, from 2011, 2013, 2017 & 2020, allow users to look at trends & emerging issues.