EKFH More than Just Large Capital Campaigns

Submitted by EKFH on 08-08-2013

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) is a non-profit charitable public foundation and recognized B.C. society whose mission is to provide funding for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital and other community facilities in complementing the health care needs of the region.

Originally formed in 1982 to raise funds for needed equipment for the local Cranbrook Hospital in 2003 the foundation’s mandate broadened to more properly reflect the continuing evolution of EKFH as a source of funding for health care services and facilities for the East Kootenay Region.

The philosophy of the EKFH is to improve and augment health care in the East Kootenay; to assist in funding opportunities; to develop trust with their donor base; to develop community health needed awareness; to work on all aspects to make themselves effective; and to work together in a collaborative approach.

This is achieved with incredible support of the businesses and residents of the East Kootenay. Over the past decade, the EKFH has received support for varied fundraising initiatives totally over $5.5 million. Some of the recent successes include the MRI Closer to Home Campaign; Close to our Hearts Campaign; and locally in the Columbia Valley… Together for Everyone – the Invermere ER redevelopment campaign; and most recently the A Clear View digital mammography campaign.

All this fundraising is done through collaborate fundraising initiatives with all the East Kootenay Health Care Auxiliaries (Edgewater/Radium, Cranbrook, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley and Windermere) ; the Elk Valley Hospital Foundation; the Creston Tuck Shop and through service clubs; artisans; local businesses; physicians and medicals teams; medical, optometric and dental clinics; schools; golf courses; individual and public donations; estate planners; legacy gifts and municipal and regional district representatives.

The raising of funds is achieved by annual campaigns like the star lightings at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital, large capital campaigns such as the MRI, mammography and others, in-memoriam gifts, grateful patients’ donations, third party events, EKFH special events, relationship building, community presentations and the EKFH aligning themselves with others.

The EKFH board consists of nine volunteer voting members. Residents of the East Kootenay can submit their names for nomination for a director and are encouraged to complete an application by contacting the EKFH office.
EKFH is grateful to all those who believe in its mission and support the various fundraising efforts for your local or regional hospital and community health care programs.

If you would like to donate to the EKFH or to learn more about becoming a member on the board of directors or interested in volunteering for EKFH, contact 1-877-489-6481 or email: [email protected].