The Gratitude Project was created to recognize and honour individuals in our community who make a positive impact through their selfless acts of kindness and generosity. It is essential to celebrate and encourage these individuals who are often unrecognized, but are quietly making a difference in their own way. We believe in recognizing the selfless and unique philanthropic contributions of heroes in our community. As such, in honour of their generosity, we surprise them and donate to charities of their choice, in their honour, amplifying their impact and promoting a culture of generosity and giving within our community.

By highlighting and uplifting these acts of kindness, the Gratitude Project seeks to encourage people to get involved and make a positive difference in their community. No act of kindness is too small, and every effort can make a significant impact. Here's to the do gooders of our world!

GENEROSITY and GRATITUDE have long been central pillars of the Stober Foundation’s mission. The Gratitude Project is simply an extension of that but on a grassroots level.

What began as an idea bounced around at a coffee shop, the Gratitude Project has evolved into a growing movement to inspire others and reward generosity. The Stober Foundation has set aside significant funding with gratitude in mind and are looking to invest it in our community and the people that make it so special.

If you know of someone who deserves to have their generosity levelled up, please nominate them below. Even the smallest of acts of kindness can make waves and have a huge impact!


Strut Your Stuff

Ever since she opened her business, Shandi Swartz, the owner/operator of Strut Shoes in hip and happening Pandosy Village, has been urging her customers to round up their bills to the nearest dollar to raise funds for scholarships and bursaries through the Central Okanagan Bursaries and Scholarship Society. To date, her and her loyal customers' efforts have yielded more than $14,000.00! When we got word of her incredible community spirit and generosity, we knew we had to honor her, her customers, and our community in a BIG way!


Searching for Selflessness

Meet Chase and his epic human handler, Terri Downs. Together, they tirelessly volunteer their time for the Central Okanagna Search and Rescue (COSAR) to save lives and keep our backcountry safe for all to enjoy.


Across the Lake!

To say that Conny Stamhuis is an outlier is an understatement. The now 90-year-old woman, who has called Kelowna home for the last 30 years, has lived a life and a half by most people's standards. And while she has found fulfillment in her life through family, kindness, and living each day to the fullest, one of her proudest accomplishments is to live a life defined by gratitude and generosity. And for Conny, it's not just a motto, it's a lifestyle!


A Trip to Remember

Last summer we had the privilege to meet a young man who had just returned from an epic journey where he was searching for meaning, inspiration, and fulfillment. Little did he know he'd find so much more, while doing good for others along the way.


Trek for Tourettes

This past summer, Cameron set out on the annual Trek for Tourette with the goal of raising awareness and funds for Tourette Canada (formally Tourette Syndrom Foundation of Canada). Not only did he meet his fundraising goal, but he far surpassed it! 


The Impact of Overcoming Adversity

Just over 5 years ago, Patrick Ng was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. If left untreated, he was only a few months from death. How he conquered this unimaginable situation is truly inspiring! 


Have a Heart

"Any cause is a good cause if you're helping someone else!" 78-year old former patient Gail Lewis underwent triple bypass heart surgery and dedicated 16 years of her life helping others suffering from heart problems. 


Getting into the Spirit(s)

As former hospitality workers themselves, Born to Shake owners Shayne and Nicole were sad to see the livelihoods of their industry friends and family suffering as a result of COVID-19. Upon the onset of indoor dining restrictions, Shayne and Nicole decided to take matters into their own hands. They launched a campaign to collect donations to buy local hospitality workers a cocktail at local restaurants in Kelowna.


Pull Up for a Cause

While most people celebrate their birthday by throwing a party, this man spent it where he had his  wedding, at the gym! We went to the YMCA gym to watch an ordinary man do an extraordinary challenge, out of compassion and appreciation.


Random Acts of Kindness

For years, Crystal has been encouraging people to share kindness, but now she has an actionable goal with measurable results. We sat down with her and Richelle from BGC Okanagan (formally known as Okanagan Boys and Girls Club) to learn more about Crystal and her impact on the community. 


Do What you Love

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us found ourselves with a little extra time on our hands. What’s sets Amaan apart is what he did with it. We sat down with him to hear his story and find out what compels him to give back to his community. Keep reading, inspiration is guaranteed!  


Flying Drones to Feed Others

When we heard Ryker’s story we couldn’t help but sit down with him to learn a little more. We were inspired by Ryker’s industrious nature and his drive to help the community.  


In Memory of Mom

Here at the Stober Foundation, we are blessed to know and meet some pretty incredible humans through our philanthropy journey. A few weeks ago in April, we met someone who really blew us away and we’re inspired and excited to share a bit of his story with you.


Sending Love to Seniors

It began with two sisters who had a small idea to make Valentine’s cards to give to local seniors on February 14th, but it grew into something much bigger than they could have imagined. 


Cleaning Up and Giving Back

Most of us don’t often think about innovative ways to give back to the community while we’re also enjoying our summer vacations. But that’s exactly what Raymond Imbeau and Barbara Kitz did and have continued doing for three summers since the idea sparked.


The Next Generation of Family Philanthropy

The Stober Foundation was created to help those in need. We are tremendously blessed to be in the fortunate position to help others, and we are looking to provide support and opportunities for change through our strategic philanthropic partnerships. In doing so, we aim to partner with progressive, game-changing charities with a proven track record and the ability to maximize opportunities and better outcomes, ultimately improving the lives of many through their success. We are here to steward with grace, effectively, and with great impact.

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