Annual General Meeting
What a terrific turnout we had this year for our AGM! It was standing room only for the meeting and over 100 guests joined us for lunch, light entertainment and acknowledgement of our volunteers. Also included was the introduction of new board members along with the presentation of new grants and endowments.
Foundation President, Allan Arlett, shared future challenges and opportunities including efforts to:
· double our assets to three million over five years that will generate over $100,000 per year for charities
· introduce initiatives that will raise awareness
· expand partnerships
This year we celebrated 10 years in the business of giving, so it was exciting to learn about the Georgian Bay Land Trust Collaboration intended to provide perpetual funds for the stewardship of Ontario lands on the Eastern shore and North channel of Georgian Bay.
Gord Durnan changed out of his golf gear and into business gear to join us and recognize the work being done by the Foundation and highlight the impact Community Foundations Canada is having across the country. As a volunteer with both the Muskoka Community Foundation and Community Foundation of Canada, it’s always great to be part of a success story and to know we’ve inspired others to get involved.
Huronia Community Foundation awarded the Midland Area Reading Council (MARC) in partnership with the Midland and Penetang libraries a cheque for $5,000 to support the launch of The Literacy Partnership that will see literacy take a front seat in our community and reach a larger audience over the next year.
Tom Kayser presented a $50,000 cheque from Community Living Huronia in honour of CLH celebrating its 60th anniversary. The earnings from the Funds placed with the Foundation will support CLH clients and programs and we hope, will be the catalyst for other charities to connect with our Foundation.
Lu LaFrance lightened the mood with some creative takes on merging companies that had many in the room laughing out loud.
We welcome new Board members, Dwayne Frans, Ellie Kirby, Garry McPhail, Gord Sedgwick and Ron Crane.
Nicole French, the Foundation’s Communication Chair, highlighted changes made to the Foundation’s name, logo, website, mission and vision statements and print and communication material.
A video capturing our 2010 gala award winners was a fitting close to the session.
The Georgian Bay Land Trust GBLT
The Georgian Bay Land Trust and Huronia Community Foundation announced a new partnership as part of, Care for the Land You Love, a province-wide campaign.
L to R – front row: Rolf Springer, Cathy Bayles, Ed Hartley, Janet Lougheed, Bonnie McDonald, Garry Morehouse L to R – back row: Doug Jackson, Jim Cooper, Jack Coutemarche, Ron Crane, Peter Boeckle Absent from photo: John Gammell
A meeting at Ed’s Hartley’s Place was held to discuss the opportunity to preserve Georgian Bay Islands through a stewardship program that provides ongoing care to donated land in Georgian Bay.
Created by Ontario Land Trust Association and Community Foundations of Canada, the campaign will raise awareness and funds for the ongoing stewardship of protected Ontario properties.
The Trust and Foundation will work together to identify potential donors to contribute to a new local Land Stewardship Fund held by the Huronia Community Fund. The Endowment funds, established by the Foundation, will create a permanent source of revenue for local stewardship activities on the eastern shore and North channel of Georgian Bay.
Stewardship activities include documenting natural and cultural values, signage, education of visitors, rare species monitoring, invasive species management and regular monitoring visits by stewards to ensure their protection in perpetuity. The fund also supports the Trust’s summer student program. Seventy-five volunteer stewards work for the Trust to assist in the management of over 1200 acres of protected lands.
Wendy Cooper, Executive Director of the Georgian Bay Land Trust notes…
“We are so excited to be part of this innovative partnership opportunity. The work really begins when transfers of ownership or easements are completed and the GBLT is committed to ensuring proper stewardship of all its properties so that current and future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate this incredible part of the world. This new Stewardship Fund will support that commitment.”
Garry Morehouse, Executive Director of Huronia Community Foundation said…
“We are very excited to be working with the Georgian Bay Land Trust on this important project. By helping to secure this endowment fund we can ensure the long-term protection of treasured lands in our community. This partnership is an exciting opportunity to make a really positive impact on the natural areas around Georgian Bay.”
Gifts matched by Community Foundations of Canada
Huronia Community Foundation and Georgian Bay Land Trust have formed a partnership to raise a total of $20,000 by December 2012. The partnership gives donors an opportunity to multiply the impact of their gift. This fund will be matched dollar for dollar. The resulting $40,000 will provide a permanent endowment Foundation fund to steward the conservation of our area of Georgian Bay.
The Georgian Bay Land Trust Background
The Trust is a not-for-profit, registered charity, whose goal is to protect the uniqueness of the eastern shore and North channel of Georgian Bay through the on-going stewardship of land that has ecological, geological and historical importance. Through this work, the Trust works to educate and promote the importance of this area.
Huronia Community Foundation Background
The Foundation provides a means of keeping charitable donations within the community and provides an opportunity for donors to ensure support of their favorite charity in perpetuity or to use the expertise of the Foundation to identify areas of greatest local need.
A Musical Tribute to Jack Beauchamp
Jack Beauchamp Memorial Fund – A Musical Legend Lives On
Saturday November 6, 2010 at the Midland Legion
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Continuous Live Music all afternoon
Up to 6 different groups of Musicians.
Listen and dance to Jack’s Musician buddies from groups like:
Kings of Swing, Fig Leaf Jazz Bank, Swinging Sailors, and many more.
Proceeds will be donated to: The Jack Beauchamp Music Memorial Fund
Administered by: Huronia Community Foundation
Tickets: $10.00 per person. Call Nelson Cote 527-3312 or tickets are available at the Legion Bar.
For 65 years, Jack Beauchamp, a charismatic man with a natural flare for music, sang and played his way into the heart of the community. Jack was fun and a great interpreter of song.
Ever the showman, everyone in the audience felt like he was singing to them personally. Jack loved Dixieland, big band, swing and jazz and played a mean sax and clarinet. Few local musicians have been untouched by his influence. A legend in the community, Jack willingly shared his talent whether he was helping young musicians, playing in a multitude of bands or performing at the retirement and nursing homes.
To honour his memory, Jack’s family and friends have started a special fund at the Huronia Community Foundation. The Jack Beauchamp Memorial Fund will offer perpetual giving opportunities as it provides scholarships to promising music students in Huronia. What a great way to establish a legacy in honour of a man who gave so willingly of his talent and to continue his influence in the music community that he so loved!
The Cost of Adult Kids
According to an Investors Group poll of Canadian baby boomer parents, you’ll still be paying for your kids, even when they’re grown up. The poll found that three in five boomer parents spend $3,674 on average each year on their children who are 19 or older.
Monthly support went as high at $1,500 and can include money for school, car maintenance and house repairs. Amber Gazso, Assistant Professor of Sociology at York University, noted that many young adults owe over $20,000 in student loans, according to Stats Can. This suggests that parents who are looking to retire and redirect funds and savings may be looking no further than their own backyard.
L.H., “The Cost of Adult Children.” Best Health. 24
Raising Charitable Children
For many kids, the emphasis tends to be on the getting rather than the giving. Huronia Community Foundation makes it possible for local students to learn about philanthropy with their generous Youth in Philanthropy program. (see Youth in Philanthropy article, Spring 2010 enews)
As a parent/grandparent, you can be instrumental in teaching philanthropy at home. Consider establishing a donor-advised fund that is linked to your social, spiritual and financial goals.
Start with simple marketing: Ask your kids/grandkids to help create a list of criteria or statement of things that are important to them. Look for organizations/charities whose goals match your charitable vision. Huronia Community Foundation is a great place to start with their list of local charities, ongoing management of funds and with the ability to make the money work harder once it’s pooled with larger funds. With the local focus, kids can make a difference where they live and, as a result, this is more meaningful for them.
Start with what they know or what they’ve seen and identify with. If they liked the movie Avatar, maybe the Georgian Bay Land Trust gets the checkmark. This process also teaches kids to advocate a cause. Such funds help preserve your local philanthropy legacy in a way that writing cheques won’t. You can name the fund and review criteria and statements together – all part of the learning. As a structured, donor-advised fund, it’s a constant reminder for kids of their goodwill and creates a starting point for future philanthropy.
Len Costa, “Raise Charitable Children.” Best Life. December2007/January 2008: 44
Continuing on the topic of raising charitable children, Craig Kielburger, a 28 year-old Canadian is an activist for the rights of children. He is the founder of Free the Children and co-founder of Me to We.
On February 20, 2007, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada. His latest book, “The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute”, may inspire you to make a difference and give you more ideas for your children and grandchildren.
Always one step ahead!
In the September issue of Forever Young (FY), a supplement to our local paper, David Foot of Boom, Bust, Echo fame is quoted by writer, Christopher Guly. Foot notes that as boomers begin living on their retirement funds, stock market growth will be impacted and bequests and charitable donations will become the place to seek tax sheltering.
Wendy Peters, also an FY contributor with her article, “Gifts bring Double Dividends”, showcases community foundations, noting their benefits and options.
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