Okanagan College Foundation

Ways to Give

You make education possible

When you support Okanagan College, you demonstrate the value you place on access to education, academic achievement and commitment to community. Most importantly, 100 percent of your gift goes to students, programs or facilities that you designate.

Critical facilities

Investing in new facilities to improve education

New facilities at Okanagan College improve student learning and help us attract the best talent. We’re currently building a new Health Sciences Centre on the Kelowna campus with more capital projects coming soon. 

Your generous help transforms lives and communities while supporting a skilled workforce.

Contact us to learn how you can greatly enhance the student experience: foundation@okanagan.bc.ca or call 250-862-5630.

Donate a gift-in-kind

Equipment, materials or other supplies

Every year, thousands of dollars in goods, such as cars, lumber and other building materials are donated. These gifts are of great value and eligible for the same kinds of tax benefits and recognition as other gifts to Okanagan College. 

A gift-in-kind must be assessed before a charitable receipt can be issued for current fair market value. Initial arrangement for gifts-in-kind are made at the Department level, to ensure the donation is acceptable and will benefit learning.

Contact us to discuss gifts-in-kind: foundation@okanagan.bc.ca or call 250-862-5630.

Set up an award

Make education more affordable

Our team will work with you to identify a faculty or program at Okanagan College that fits your giving interests. You can create a one-time or annual award that will help students offset the cost of their education and support their success. 

Awards can be based on academic achievement, financial need, or a combination of the two, along with other specialized criteria.

Contact us to discuss setting up an award: foundation@okanagan.bc.ca or call 250-862-5630.

Leave a legacy

Make a planned gift

Planned Giving is a way to make clear your intentions and ensure you receive significant tax and estate planning benefits that reflect your personal priorities.

There are no limits and no restrictions when it comes to bequests or other planned gifts – you can give regardless of your current assets or income. This gives you the freedom to support causes you believe in, often in ways you may not be able to accomplish during your lifetime. Contact Anne Kirkpatrick to learn more about planned giving: Anne Kirkpatrick or call 250-762-5445 ext. 3254

Employee giving

When you, as an Okanagan College employee give, it speaks volumes. This is because you have unique insight into precisely what's needed based on your close relationship to the College.

The Foundation deeply values employee contributions, and so the Okanagan College Employee Campaign provides opportunities for our internal community to fund initiatives with a personal touch — or even create something as a group. You have the option of deciding where your generosity is directed.

Know that your gift will help students succeed in many different ways. 

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50/50 Staff lottery

A win-win for everyone

For only $5 per pay period, you’ll receive one entry in the bi-weekly 50/50 draw. 

Choose to deduct more and you will increase the prize pool and your chances of winning. 

  • $560 average bi-weekly lottery prize in 2019 
  • Great odds! 
  • More than $444,000 awarded to students since 1992

Where does the money go?

  • 50% emergency bursaries for students
  • 50% could be yours!

How to sign up

  1. Print and fill the application form
  2. Drop off signed form at the Foundation office, Kelowna campus or mail to: Advancement / Okanagan College Foundation (P103) Kelowna Campus    

OC Family Award

Every payday, Okanagan College’s 50/50 Staff Lottery contributes funds to go towards an Okanagan College Family Award. In addition, Okanagan College matches the bi-weekly prize amount to support the award, which is open to an immediate family member of a continuing (regular) Okanagan College employee. 

Since 2005, more than $193,000 has been awarded to family members of Okanagan College employees. The award is presented three times annually. 

Family Award