In July 2002, a small group of Americans who spend time in Whistler, B.C. founded a U.S. non–profit organization called the American Friends of Whistler (AFOW), a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) charitable non–profit organization incorporated in Washington State. Through 2019, the American Friends of Whistler raised over $2 million from American second homeowners and frequent visitors to Whistler. That money was granted to a broad spectrum of Whistler-based charities and non-profits in three sectors: health and human services, culture and arts, and environmental protection and outdoor recreation.
In 2019 we made a difficult decision to transition to a new mode of operation. Our board members as individuals continue to be active in supporting the Whistler community. Yet it became apparent that we were not able to sustain being an all-volunteer organization that enabled us to keep administrative costs under 3%.