Blair Robinson and Donna Deschenes recently named the Columbia Valley Community Foundation in their wills and in turn were presented with a fabulous opportunity to help a local charity.
For bequests made to our local community foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, who manages endowment funds for the Columbia Valley Community Foundation, donates funds for use locally. Blair and Donna were invited to allocate a portion of those funds and decided to help Columbia Basin Environmental Educational Network (CBEEN) establish it’s new Environmental Education Endowment Fund. Now that the fund is up and running, they are challenging others to pitch in so that CBEEN can reach the $10,000 mark required to start receiving benefit from this fund on an annual basis in perpetuity.
“We believe outdoor learning benefits students in many ways. Whether it’s relieving stress and anxiety, improving academic performance or motivating teamwork. Best of all, outdoor learning gives children hands-on experience, helping them cultivate a lifelong love for the natural world around them."
“Planting a seed for healthier and happier lives by choosing CBEEN as the recipient of this endowment gift has been a wonderful thing to be able to do. We love watching kids thrive in this beautiful valley. Supporting such an important cause—kids and the great outdoors—gave us a way of defining our place in the grand scheme of things.”
Please help grow this endowment fund to ensure that CBEEN can support environmental education in perpetuity.