The following list of charities are not endorsed by KASHA; it is simply a list of secular charities which some local members have recommended.
Central Okanagan Community Food Bank
The Central Okanagan Community Food Bank is dedicated to providing much-needed food and support to those living in Kelowna and West Kelowna.
Home page: https://cofoodbank.com/ Donate page: https://cofoodbank.com/donate/
Kelowna Women’s Shelter
Since 1980, Kelowna Women’s Shelter has offered a safe place to stay and essentials such as food, clothing, and toiletries for women who have to flee quickly and don’t have the time to prepare.
Home page: https://kelownawomensshelter.ca/ Donate page: https://kelownawomensshelter.ca/give-help/donate-now/
Kelowna & District SHARE Society
The Kelowna and District SHARE Society is a non-profit, charitable, community-based thrift store. Volunteers are always welcome at the Depot. SHARE provides personal and household necessities to people in need through different programs. Read more….
Home page: http://kelownasharesociety.ca/ Donate Page: http://kelownasharesociety.ca/Donate
Kelowna Women’s Shelter Thrift Store
Want to shop and support the Kelowna Women’s Shelter at the same time? Visit the Kelowna Women’s Shelter Thrift Store! Profits go back into the Shelter and support their many services.
Home page: http://www.kelownawomensshelter.com/index.php?page=Thrift%20Store Donate page: https://kelownawomensshelter.ca/give-help/donate-now/
Kelowna NOW Canada Society: (New Opportunities for Women)
Since 1998, NOW Canada has been providing front-line programs and services for women and youth who have experienced addictions, abuse, sexual exploitation, and mental health challenges.
Home page: http://www.nowcanada.ca/ Contact page: https://www.nowcanada.ca/contact_us/
United Way Central & South Okanagan Similkmeen
United Way has evolved from a fundraising organization to a community-impact organization, engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action to create positive change for people and communities. In doing so, they ensure that resources are invested where they are most needed and where they will have the greatest impact.
Home page: http://unitedwaycso.com/ Donate page: http://unitedwaycso.com/donate/
Central Okanagan Hospice Association
They offer compassionate care, comfort, support, and learning to those who are dying or grieving within our community.
Home page: http://hospicecoha.org/ Donate page: http://hospicecoha.org/donate-to-coha/
Foundry Kelowna is a place where any youth or parent in our community can find easy access to the help they need, when they need it. It is an integrated youth and family initiative that will transform how mental health and substance use services are delivered in Kelowna; providing early intervention to support young peoples’ wellbeing.
National & International Charites:
Plan International is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries.
Home page: http://plancanada.ca Donate page: https://plancanada.ca/donate
Spread the Net Against Malaria. This is now part of Plan Canada.
Since 2007, Spread the Net has helped to protect the lives of almost 32 million people by contributing to the delivery of over 15.3 million malaria-preventing bed nets to families in Africa.
Home page: http://plancanada.ca/spread-the-net Donate page: https://plancanada.ca/donate
Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
Home page: http://www.redcross.ca/ Donate page: http://www.redcross.ca/donate/appeal/donate-to-the-canadian-red-cross-fund#a0650cb6-ce29-4c40-b663-e749a0a9163f
Doctors Without Borders / MSF
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical, humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters, and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender, or political affiliation.
Home page: http://www.msf.org/ Donate page: http://www.msf.org/en/donate
The Life You Can Save
This web site was started by Peter Singer to help advise people on the world’s most effective charities
Home page: https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/ Donate page: https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/best-charities
The Grandmothers Campaign
African grandmothers are caring for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign raises funds in Canada, Australia, the UK, and the USA for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s work with community level organizations in Africa that provide grandmothers and the children in their care with the necessities of life, including counselling, nutrition, shelter, school supplies and income generation activities.
Home page: http://grandmotherscampaign.org/ Donate page: http://grandmotherscampaign.org/get-involved/donate
Zatoun – Palestine Peace Awareness
Palestine Peace Awareness Inc. is a registered non-profit organization. Proceeds are used to directly benefit Palestinian farmers and children living in occupied Palestine and to create awareness for peace in Palestine.
Home page: http://zatoun.com/about_us.htm Donate page: http://zatoun.com/zatoun_donate.htm
World Food Programme
Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
Home page: http://www1.wfp.org/ Donate page: http://www1.wfp.org/donate-now