Wow! What a great way to start our Giving Challenge Week! Thanks Tim Hortons!
Since mid-March, Covid 19 has certainly presented challenges to many community groups and organizations. The normal operations and functions of these groups/organizations have dramatically changed. At top of mind for many is that normal fundraising events and activities have either been cancelled or postponed creating a large impact to any projects or good works that would normally occur in our community.
Your Foundation is no different as the special events and fundraising initiatives we normally do have been cancelled. Usually at this time of year we would be planning for our Win a Wine Cellar event at the Legion in which you may have supported or attended or both.
On a positive note, the Brokenhead River Community Foundation was fortunate to participate in the Community Foundations of Canada Emergency Support Fund. In September we were able to provide grants totaling $40,000 into the community to support the Association for Community Living, the Recreation Commission, the Community Kitchen, the Breach Drop in Centre and the SunGro Centre.
Recently the Brokenhead River Community Foundation Board approved its 2021 Grants. This year, besides its normal grant application process, the Foundation offered the opportunity for community groups to apply for a Stabilization Grant. The Stabilization Grant was designed to assist those community groups who were or are dramatically affected by Covid 19. A total of 10 applications were received seeking $68,721 in assistance.
The foundation only had $26,000 available to disburse and chose to support the Stabilization Grants this year. The Garson Arena, Beausejour Curling Club and the Brokenhead River Community Hall were approved for funding.
A second round of the Emergency Support Fund is available and the Foundation has up to $30,000 available. An announcement on the results of this program will be announced soon. The total of the three grant programs this year would be $96,000 to support local community groups and organizations!
But the asks by the community are much larger than what we can support so there may never be a better time to help our community flourish forever!
The Brokenhead River Community Foundation encourages residents of Beausejour and the RM of Brokenhead to make a gift during the week of Nov. 9 – 15 as part of the Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge.
For this week only, each $5 gift you make becomes $7! The Winnipeg Foundation will stretch each $5 gift made to the Unrestricted Community Fund with $1. The Manitoba government continues their commitment to Manitoba community foundations with their support of the Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge 2020. The province will also contribute $1 for every $5 gift. Online gifts can be made securely through this link https://www.endowmanitoba.ca/community-foundations/brokenhead-river-community-foundation/ . But remember – please make a gift between November 9-15!
“This is a great opportunity to support your community Foundation,” says Reg Black, President, Brokenhead River Community Foundation. “Of course, we welcome gifts at any time, but giving between Nov. 9 – 15 means extra support. We’re so excited to see what our community can accomplish!”
Gifts made between November 9 – 15 will help grow the Foundation’s capacity to support a wide range of charitable projects in the Beausejour/Brokenhead area for generations to come. Donations to a community foundation are pooled and permanently invested. The gifted donations are never spent and the money will always stay in the community. Every year, these investments generate money that is distributed to support local charitable needs.
Community foundations provide support that lasts forever. Manitoba is home to 56 community foundations – more than any other area of the country. Every year, these foundations invest millions of dollars into a wide range of local charitable projects. They help ensure our hometowns are vibrant and thriving.
Besides the online donation option, donors can mail donations made payable to the Brokenhead River Community Foundation and mailed to Box 2225, Beausejour, R0E0C0. All donations must be dated between November 9th to 15th and received no later than the 15th. Donations can also be dropped off that week at Century 21 Sun Country Realty. E-transfers can be sent to the Brokenhead River Community Foundation at email@example.com or contact us for more giving options.
Brokenhead River Community Foundation President Reg Black was very pleased to be able to present an Emergency Community Support Fund grant to Megan Baker, the Program Director for the Recreation Commission. The funding of $10,000 was used to assist with the development of activity kits for summer camp participants and children in the community who are in need.