Community Foundation keeps on giving
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Jan 22, 2009  |  Vote 0    0

Community Foundation keeps on giving

Stratford Gazette

Jeff HeuchertStaff ReporterThanks to a little foresight, the Stratford and Perth County Community Foundation was able to hand out another batch of community grants this year to worthy organizations across Perth County.The 2008 grant recipients were announced at an event at the Rotary Complex Jan. 14, where foundation chair Tim MacDonald also spoke of how the current economic conditions had presented challenges to how they would continue to meet the needs of the community.MacDonald noted that the foundation's capital funds were "invested very safely," but acknowledged that they had dropped about six per cent over the last year, and currently sit at around $500,000.MacDonald said that the foundation's board recognized early on that the public would need to be more conscious this year with their charitable dollars; as a result, the foundation decided to grant at a reduced level using reserves from past years, as well as to ask its fund holders and regular contributors to make flow-through donations, rather than dip into its investments."Like other community foundations across the country, we are committed to granting through these difficult economic times," MacDonald added.Below are this year's eight recipients, whose grants total $14,700.Community Fund• Brodhagen Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation: $2,200 for community playground;• Milverton Agricultural Society: $1,000 for new director training to inform, educate and inspire new volunteers of the agriculture society;• Perth County Historical Foundation: $1,500 towards acquiring the 1925 ‘Brooks Steam Car,' manufactured in Stratford, to be on permanent display at the Stratford-Perth Museum;• Upper Thames River Conservation Authority: $2,500, made possible by the RBC Foundation, for an innovative water conservation pilot project in St. Marys, where 200 homeowners will receive and have installed energy efficient equipment.Ideal Supply Community Fund• Voices/Community Living: $2,210 for Parents in Perth, a project which brings together parents of children with intellectual disabilities;George and Edna Hislop Family FundJohn and Colleen MacDonald Family Fund & the Community Fund• Perth District Health Unit: $3,200 towards continuing Young Parents' Place, a program for at-risk parents and their children in Stratford and North Perth.Mathieson Family Fund• Foundation for Enriching Education: $1,200 for Challenge Day, a project for youth in Grades 9 and 10 involving workshops which build esteem, celebrate diversity and offer an anti-bullying, anti-violence message.Donald McTavish Conservation Fund• Upper Thames River Conservation Authority/Upper Avon River Conservation Club: $880 for a tree planting/wind break that will protect the adjacent fields.Looking ahead, MacDonald said the foundation is making plans now on how to support the charitable sector in the coming year, noting that they would continue to pursue new donors, while encouraging donations of any dollar amount."We're very proud of what we've accomplished so far, but we're excited about the future," he added.

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