Mission

Mission Statement
The Canadian Avalanche Foundation is a federally registered charity (#86900 0349 RR0001) formed to provide financial support to public avalanche information, education and research.

CAF Origin
The founding Directors of the Foundation pursued the incorporation of this charity to provide a tax-deductible fundraising mechanism for the support of public avalanche safety initiatives.  The Foundation was incorporated under the laws of Canada in May, 1999.

Relationship to the Canadian Avalanche Association and Canadian Avalanche Centre
The Canadian Avalanche Foundation is an entirely separate entity from the Canadian Avalanche Association and the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

  • The Canadian Avalanche Association serves and supports the diverse community of professional avalanche operations in Canada.
  • The Canadian Avalanche Centre serves as Canada’s national public avalanche safety organization.
  • The Canadian Avalanche Foundation is a federally registered charitable foundation formed to provide a tax-deductible fundraising mechanism for the support of public avalanche safety initiatives.

Activities of the Canadian Avalanche Foundation 
The activities of the Foundation include fundraising and granting of funds in support of public safety initiatives. Since its formation in 1999, the Canadian Avalanche Foundation (CAF) has provided just over one million dollars in support of public avalanche safety, education and research. The Foundation does not engage in any operational activities other than those related to fundraising, granting and the required administration.

The Foundation recognizes the key role played by the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) in providing the Public Avalanche Bulletin and related information services to the public. The CAF will accept grant proposals from the Canadian Avalanche Centre to offset the costs of the Public Avalanche Information Bulletin. The Canadian Avalanche Foundation contributions in support of CAC public safety programs has reached close to $70,000 annually.

The Foundation will also consider providing financial support to proposals from any organization which provides a bona fide snow avalanche safety initiative beneficial to the general public and which is consistent with the objectives of the CAF. For more info on CAF grants click here.