This year, the Foundation was pleased to support great causes in celebration of Canada 150. One of those great causes was The Welland Canal Play by Essential Collective Theatre. Directed by Monica Dufault and with a new script by St. Catharines resident Kevin Hobbs and original music by Landon Doak, The Welland Canal Play is a theatre production about the history of the Canal. The play was presented at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines from October 12 to 22, 2017, and subsequently toured around the Niagara region from October 24 to 29. The talented cast of six actors each played many characters, sang and performed live acoustic music in this epic piece that spanned 200 years of the canal's development and impact on the Niagara Region.
The Estate of David S. Howes has granted the Niagara Community Foundation one of the largest monetary gifts in Niagara history. The over $18 million gift from the David S. Howes Foundation will form the endowment of the NCF's new David S. Howes Fund. Per Mr. Howes' directions, grants from this Fund will support post-secondary education, health care services, education or facilities and humanitarian issues throughout Niagara.
The first deadline of the year for our Community Grants program is coming up at noon on Monday, February 27. Don't miss the opportunity to apply! Our Community Grants Program focuses on finding ways to help individuals, families, organizations and communities prosper. These grants help organizations realize opportunities to find new, sustainable ways of meeting the community's needs in a more collaborative way. Community grant priorities include the issues and indicators in the annual Living in Niagara Report, as well as helping organizations develop and implement tools and resources which would contribute to their success.
Seven projects in Niagara have received grants totaling $60,000 to deliver programs that will bring the community together to honour the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
The projects, ranging from community art exhibits to a memorial book for fallen Welland Canal workers, received grants from the Community Fund for Canada's 150th. This fund is collaboration between the Niagara Community Foundation, the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.
The Niagara Community Foundation is launching a new community fund for Niagara-on-the-Lake to help build legacies and support community programs for years to come. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Fund's goal is to work with local residents, families and organizations to create legacy funds to support building a vibrant Niagara-on-the-Lake for present and future generations. There are many options for endowed funds which can be set up to meet donors' individual interests and needs. The capital in these endowed funds is invested and the earnings are used to support grant programs.
Canada's 150th birthday is approaching and the Niagara Community Foundation is looking to help!
The Foundation has recently opened grant applications to the Community Fund for Canada's 150th. So far, more than 100 communities are on board or set to join in this grant program, which will help bring to life a range of great activities and initiatives intended to bring out Canada's best and brightest on the eve of the nation's sesquicentennial. This Fund, distributed through the efforts of participating community founds like the Niagara Community Foundation and others, will provide thousands of small grants in communities across Canada.
Together, we can bring to life a true groundswell of local initiatives which will make Canada's 150th birthday one to never forget!
A little rain didn't dampen the spirits of our amazing supporters at the 24th Annual Canada Goat Open Golf Tournament at the beautiful Cherry Hill Club on Tuesday, June 7th. The tournament was once again sold out and a great day was had by all.
It's not enough to just do good: local non-profit groups are realizing they also have to be good. That's why the Niagara Community Foundation is launching a new program to help local non-profits improve their leadership - by ensuring they are operating at the highest professional standards.
The Niagara Community Foundation's first and only Executive Director, Liz Palmieri, will wind down more than 15 years of leadership when she retires next year. The Foundation has begun the process of seeking Liz's successor as Executive Director. Her last day will be May 5, 2016, as she retires from the post she has held since October 2000.
As another school year starts, as the United Way campaigns are launched and as community groups continue to look for more volunteers, we encourage you to find a way to become a philanthropist in the way that makes sense for you and your family.
Thanks to Peter Murray of Omni Media for sharing the link to the video below, which was produced by Singapore Community Chest (similar to a United Way). What would you do if you were the man in the line?
The Mini-Grants Program provides $500 grants to eligible organizations for projects that address the Foundation’s granting priorities. This program provides a time-sensitive, streamlined and responsive process for smaller projects. This grant is not suitable for projects that have a budget exceeding $2000.
I spoke with a woman earlier in July about a campaign that she's hoping to bring to Niagara. You know that each year we do the Random Acts of Kindness Day. Well, check out the short video below about another way to share something very simple with people you don't (or do) know.
You may recall that the family of Katey Marie Campbell created a fund in her memory in August 2013. We wrote about Katey's struggle living with mental illness in our 2013 annual report. It's now been almost two years since her death and we met with her parents, Wayne and Helga, earlier this year to see how the fund has grown and what can be done to increase the impact.
In this video presentation, NCF Executive Director Liz Palmieri discusses the importance of sharing stories of the lives that the Niagara Community Foundation has touched through donors, charities, advisors & community collaboration.
"We’ve had some remarkable Donors from all parts of the Niagara - some people who are not the typical donor. For us to share Donor stories is very important. We want to share the many many great stories of the projects we have been able to fund."
This month the Foundation celebrates 15 years of working with amazing volunteers, donors, charities and staff to build and support smart and carry communities. We've seen the impact of our grants grow from $6,500 in 2001 to more than $1.11 million in 2014. These grants support charities in all sectors in all communities across Niagara. And we've seen our endowment funds grow from $200,000 in 2000 to more than $28 million this month. Donors from all walks of life and from coast to coast to coast here in Niagara have supported our work.