In 2012, the KGH Foundation welcomed a large corporate sponsorship gift of $600,000 – courtesy of TELUS.
Steve Jenkins, a Foundation Board Member as well as General Manager of Interior South BC TELUS, believes this amount could not have been raised without the contributions made by Kelowna’s community, TELUS staff and its customers.
“At TELUS we have a philosophy of contributing back to the community in which we live, work and serve. We have about 140 to160 staff in the greater Kelowna area that truly rallied around the campaign, which allowed us to generate the $600,000 donation,” says Jenkins.
Aside from corporate responsibility, Jenkins’ relations with KGH root deeper.
In the 1980s and 90s, his grandparents were patients of the hospital, suffering from major health problems such as cancer and heart surgery.
“I was pretty empathetic to the whole notion of the Foundation,” says Jenkins.
“The care and the treatment [my grandparents] received through the 80s and 90s was second-to-none. It’s sort of my way to pay it forward, if you will, by being able to contribute to different fundraising opportunities.”
Jenkins goes on to describe several ways that those interested can help to keep donations coming in.
“For people that are mature in their career or who have retired, that have some viable wealth to be able to donate significant lump sums, I would encourage them to look at what can they do within their investment vehicles.
“Maybe there is an opportunity for them to take out a charity owned, or donor owned, life insurance policy which allows them to give a significant legacy back in their later ages.”
With regard to the younger demographic, who may not have the necessary disposable incomes, Jenkins believes they can still make a difference.
“Anything is going to make a difference, whether it’s $25 from an individual or over half a million from a corporation.”