About

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). We’d like you to consider joining us.

Our mission is to work towards making Whistler a better community by involving Americans in local philanthropy and community affairs.

We believe that Whistler is an extraordinary place, and that by becoming involved philanthropically in the community, the community benefits, and AFOW members gain by becoming more closely associated with the local people and issues.

Specifically, we seek to raise and distribute funds for health and human services, culture and the arts, and environmental protection in Whistler, to enhance the community, benefit the population and foster greater understanding and friendship between the Canadian and American people.

As a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) non–profit organization incorporated in Washington State, the American Friends of Whistler charity has, since July 2002, raised more than $1.1 million from American second homeowners and frequent visitors to Whistler.

That money was in turn granted to several organizations, including: the Whistler Health Care Center, Maurice Young Millennium Place, Whistler Community Services, the Get Bear Smart Society, the Whistler Fisheries Stewardship Group, the Whistler Public Library, the Community Foundation of Whistler, the Search and Rescue Society and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Society. Learn more about how these grants were applied.

photo by Sylvia Dolson

photo by Sylvia Dolson

View the most recent AFOW Annual Report (91KB, PDF).

Since AFOW is a U.S. non–profit organization, Americans who donate receive a U.S. charitable tax deduction. Your donation to the Whistler community is as simple as a donation to your local community!

Recognizing that Whistler is an extraordinary place, the group raises funds through donations and social events to benefit the local community.

American Friends of Whistler provides an opportunity for Americans to become directly involved in the community in
two major ways:

  1. Inside Scoop Events where members have the opportunity to meet representatives from the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and Intrawest, local non–profit organizations, and other influential groups.
  2. Make a donation to the American Friends of Whistler.

Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhem-Morden, as well as Gary Raymond, a former senior executive from Intrawest, and real estate board president, Ray Longmuir, are on our board and are excited about our involvement with the community. We have enjoyed getting to know these “locals” and have benefited from getting the “inside scoop” on what is happening in the community. In addition, the AFOW has regular social events, which serve to connect Americans who visit Whistler often. It’s always more enjoyable to share Whistler and your favorite activities with others that you know.

We are a growing group, and would love to include all Americans who care about Whistler.

“Whistler is very fortunate indeed in having an organization of second homeowners such as American Friends of Whistler who care so much about our town that they dedicate time and money to give back to the community. Your efforts are truly appreciated.”

– Nancy Wilhelm-Morden,  Whistler Mayor

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