Make Your Mark! Introducing the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fund

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.

"This new fund will allow us to go so much further to build those legacies and help charities and great causes in Niagara-on-the-Lake," said Niagara Community Foundation Executive Director Bryan Rose.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Fund was inspired by Lord Mayor Patrick Darte, who was a founding director of the board of the Niagara Community Foundation back in 2000. Local volunteers have been meeting since March 2016, putting the plans in place to launch the Fund. Niagara-on-the-Lake Fund Committee members include Wendy Cheropita (Chair), Lord Mayor Patrick Darte, Ken Bridgman, Ann-Louise Branscombe, Nancy Brazeau, Joan Kemp, Leisa Lepp, Brianne Hawley, Maria Bau-Coote, Shawn Spiewak and Debi Pratt. 

Past recipients of Foundation grants in NOTL include Music Niagara, the Niagara Historical Society, Red Roof Retreat, the Niagara Pumphouse Visual Arts Centre, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, the Niagara Regional Native Centre, the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society Inc., Willowbank and the RiverBrink Art Museum, among others.

Public presentations on the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fund will be held in the fall. Dates and locations, as well as news about the Fund's founding donors, will be announced in the future.

The Niagara Community Foundation has included and supported Niagara-on-the-Lake with grants totalling approximately $400,000, since 2000.

A current special initiative, MAKE YOUR MARK, celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canada.  This allows families and businesses to start an immediate and impactful legacy fund for as little as $50 per month for 150 months.

Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised more than $29 million in endowment funds, where the capital is invested and has granted almost $8 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education, recreation and community development. The Foundation is part of a national network of 191 community foundations and is fully accredited with Imagine Canada's Standards Program which is designed to strengthen public confidence in the charitable and non-profit sector.

For more information or if you're interested in leaving a legacy, please call Bryan Rose, Executive Director, at 905-684-8688 ext. 22 or Wendy Cheropita of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fund Committee at 905-468-7991.

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