The following list of charities is not endorsed by KASHA; it is simply a list of secular charities which some local members have recommended.
Local Kelowna and Okanagan Secular Charities:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Central Okanagan Hospice Association
They offer compassionate care, comfort, support, and learning to those who are dying or grieving within our community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Life You Can Save
This web site was started by Peter Singer to help advise people on the world’s most effective charities
Stephen Lewis Foundation: Grandmothers-to-Grandmothers’ Campaign
The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers-to-Grandmothers’ Campaign is a dynamic movement of thousands of grandmothers and grandothers, belonging to 240 grandmothers’ groups across Canada … and beyond! Launched in 2006, the Campaign was a Canadian grassroots’ response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS.