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AFOW Donations Made to Local Non-profits

American Friends of Whistler (AFOW) is pleased to announce the following grants have been awarded to local groups to support their projects which continue to make Whistler an amazing place to live.

Whistler Animal Galore (WAG) for installation of a stone fence around the dog run.

Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) for the Food Bank and for the Birth, Baby and Beyond program.

Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP) for a highly specialized adaptive mountain bike for individuals with low mobility.

Whistler Search and Rescue (WSAR) for equipment.

Spearhead Huts Society for building material.

Whistler Learning Centre (WLC) supporting their programs.

Community Foundation of Whistler (CFOW) matching funds from Canada 150 program.

President, Gary Raymond, has extended his congratulations and thank you to all involved, summarizing the above grants totalled approximately $91,000 when including matching grant funds.


Equipment fund raising at Search and Rescue event.

AFOW Inside Scoop and Audain Art Museum

The AFOW 14th Annual Inside Scoop event was held at the Audain Art Museum…during an epic snow storm! Thank you to the amazing staff at the Audain Art Museum( for helping to make our evening successful.

Thank you to Whistler Cooks Catering ( and Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery ( for providing food and drink.

Thank you to all the others who help make this event happen.


AFOW and Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, November 29, charities, families, businesses, and foundations come together to celebrate generosity.

American homeowners in Whistler can give back to support the community through donations to AFOW, a U.S. registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization which then distributes funds to Whistler charities.  Since it is a U.S. charity, your AFOW contribution is U.S. tax deductible — just like one in your local community.

Since 2004, AFOW has provided more than $2 million in financial support to registered, non-profit organizations, providing benefits to the Whistler community in the areas of health and human services, culture and arts, the environment and outdoor recreation.

More than $700,000 was donated in 2016 to the following organizations:

  • Audain Art Museum for the permanent endowment of the museum’s foundation.
  • Whistler Off Road Cycling Association for trail building.
  • BMX Society for a new track in Whistler.
  • Whistler Arts Council for program development.
  • Whistler Community Services Society for their Food Bank and outreach programs.
  • Spearhead Huts Society for the Kees and Claire Memorial backcountry hut.

With your assistance we can continue to make a difference. Please give serious thought to advancing the good work of AFOW. Our website covers the necessary gifting details or feel free to email us at and we will assist you.

Special Fall Exhibit at Audain Art Museum

From October 22, 2016 – January 9, 2017 Learn about the rich traditions and personal objects from Japan’s most famous Geisha, Ichimaru.



AFOW support for Adaptive Sailing Camp in Whistler

Whistler Sailing Association held the first ever Adaptive Sailing Camp in Whistler. Funding from AFOW was essential for providing three key elements to the delivery of the adaptive program.  The Disabled Sailing Association of B.C. was so impressed with the efforts they donated a Martin 16 Sailboat to the Adaptive Sailing program and they will now be able to offer the adaptive sailing program during the entire summer of 2017.

Thanks to AFOW they now have the equipment and the facilities to support this program.


New Exhibition at Audain Art Museum

Fall 2016 Special Exhibition Program at AAM. Read their newsletter to learn more:

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Fall at the Audain Art Museum

Join us on Thursday, December 29, for a very special AFOW event at the Audain Art Museum. For further information on what’s happening at the AAM:

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Whistler Film Festival supported by AFOW

Experience Canada’s Coolest Film Festival November 30-December 4, 2016.

For further information:



AFOW Inside Scoop – Save the Date

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50 Years of Going Beyond

A great video about Whistler Blackcomb in the early days. Enjoy.