Because of donors working with charities there are good things happening.
The Yorkton & District Community Foundation (YDCF) held its first annual general meeting on March 25, a virtual meeting attended by 38 persons. Financial and activity reports were presented, annual grants were announced and a board of directors was elected.
YDCF is a registered charity founded in October 2019. An interim board composed of local volunteers guided development of the community foundation to its first AGM. Community foundations help donors to support a variety of charities and causes. Lasting legacies are possible by donating to a permanent endowment fund.
YDCF is committed to building endowment funds which hold donations in trust in perpetuity. The income earned by the endowment is used to make annual grants. At the AGM the Community Foundation announced the first of what will be annual grants from generated income.
The Community Foundation initially received $30,000 from a local mental health organization when it disbanded. Donations since then have increased the endowment fund to just over $100,000.
The organization has also been active administering and distributing funds during the Covid-19 pandemic in the past year. YCDF received donations for a local Emergency Community Fund and led a collaborative effort to provide masks to seniors living in housing authority properties. Cash and in-kind
donations received were $16,150. The Community Foundation supplied a total of 9,600 individual masks to 879 seniors in 24
communities in the district.
YCDF also partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the federal government to deliver the Emergency Community Support Fund to assist persons experiencing heightened vulnerability during the pandemic. Twelve local programs were supported with $105,000 granted to registered charities providing food, transportation, technology, counseling and activities sustaining physical and mental health.
At the AGM, the Community Foundation announced a further $5,400 in grants generated by its endowment fund revenue and remaining local emergency fund donations. The Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Food Bank and the Melville and District Food Bank received $1,500 each and $2,400 was granted for expansion of services offered by the mental health counselling clinic operated by the Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours (SIGN).
The following were elected as directors of the Yorkton & District Community Foundation: Ray Bailey, Andrew Rae, Candace Tendler, Sharon Tropin, Victor Surjik, Trevor Plews, Lisa Washington , Rob McDill, Dick DeRyk and Jaime Helgason.
Several years ago a group of caring people from the Yorkton area noted that there were many wonderful charities doing good work, but with no coordinated way to tell people of the needs in the community and how to direct donations to the charities that can address those needs.
Yorkton and area was missing a community foundation.
On March 21, 2019, Yorkton & District Community Foundation, Inc. (YDCF) became a registered charitable public foundation operating under the laws and regulations governing charities in Canada, and recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency.
YDCF is not meant to replace any existing fundraising bodies in the district, but seeks to augment the resources available to local charities and secure funds for the current and future needs of the community.
We are part of a worldwide movement of community foundations whose objective is to help build stronger and more vibrant communities. In Canada we are a part of Community Foundations of Canada, a network of almost 200 community foundations from coast to coast to coast who work with donors to identify the causes and community they wish to support.
We work with charities in our communities to identify local needs and to advocate for social change;
We work with donors who wish to make meaningful and lasting contributions to the well-being of their community;
We support charitable organizations that provide programs and services to our communities.
Yorkton and District Community Foundation Inc.
Box 304 Yorkton SK Canada S3N 2W1 | E firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered Charitable Number 771575495RR0001
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