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Sheila Cox is heading to the Gaynor Family Regional Library in Selkirk on Saturday November 15th to take advantage of the 24-Hour Giving Challenge in support of the Selkirk and District Community Foundation, where every dollar she donates will be stretched with a donation from The Winnipeg Foundation.
She is planning on being the first in line on Saturday Nov. 15th to donate to the Selkirk and District Foundation so she can take advantage of a generous offer from The Winnipeg Foundation to add to her donation.
Cox knows that on November 15th every $5 she donates to the SDCF is going to be stretched with a $1 donation from The Winnipeg Foundation under the province-wide 24-Hour Giving Challenge.
"I always plan to donate at the end of the year, but when I heard about this challenge in November I thought that's something I like. For every dollar I give, they give something too. I thought, "Oh boy, let's take advantage of that." "
All donors have an option to donate on-line at anytime on Nov. 15th or they can come down to the Gaynor Family Regional Library and have one of the SDCF team help with the on-line donation. The on-line system allows the foundations to track the donations directly into the campaign.
Cox says she's not computer savvy and will join others at the library for a coffee and make sure her donation is completed correctly on-line. But she encourages others who know their way around a computer to donate from home sometime in the 24 hours.
The Winnipeg Foundation and other Manitoba foundations are linked through EndowManitoba, which every year hosts an event to raise awareness and raise funds for smaller city or rural foundations, says SDCF Executive Director Bev Clegg.
"The offer from the Winnipeg Foundation to add to our fundraising efforts is a great early Christmas present for our community. In fact we're encouraging those who like to donate at Christmas or before the end of the year to think about shifting their donation to the 15th and help us make their donation do even more," Clegg says.
"The EndowManitoba campaign this year falls on National Philanthropy Day, so it's all the more appropriate time to give," Clegg says, adding that all the funds raised on the 15th will go into our Community Fund, which is the general fund we use to support a wide range of projects in the district.
With their credit cards handy donors are invited to donate on line at www.endowmanitoba.ca on Saturday Nov.15th and look for the SDCF name. Or they can join Cox at the Gaynor Family Regional Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the SDCF team will be on hand to help with the on-line donation process over a coffee.
Cox, 75 and long time resident of Selkirk, says she remembers when the SDCF was founded and over the years she's made donations for all kinds of reasons. She's donated in memory of loved ones or to celebrate friends' anniversaries or birthdays.
"It just seems like such an obvious place to donate because I know all the dollars are staying local and we're reaching lots or organizations here. So the foundation has a soft spot with me because of that," Cox says.
The SDCF: Here for Good was founded in 1995. It has $7.7 million in assets and provides grants to community organizations from the interest off the assets. Since inception the interest has allowed the SDCF to give over $1.4 million to over 125 local non-profit organizations throughout Selkirk, St. Andrews and St. Clements. The SDCF creates different ways for people to donate by offering a range of different funds that support everything from books for babies to furniture for palliative care patients. SDCF also helps connect donors with community wishes and dreams by allowing families or organizations to create their own endowment funds dedicated to a specific service, issue or project they care about and want to support for a long time. In the last year the SDCF granted $167,860 to 38 organizations, ensuring that the funds touch a lot of people.
Both Smart & Caring in Selkirk + District
Every day at the Selkirk & District Community Foundation (SDCF) we witness a community that is both smart and caring.
The smart and inspirational moments can happen when a person walks into our office with an idea on how they can make a lasting contribution to the future of their community. We saw that this year when the congregation of St. George Anglican Church, Wakefield decided to start a special fund at SDCF that will allow the church to continue its good works for years to come.
The caring and thoughtful moments happen when someone who benefited from one of our grants writes a heartfelt letter thanking a donor who made it all possible. That happened this year when the elementary students of Ruth Hooker School thanked the Gaynor family for the grant that made it possible for them to have a fun, safe and free after-school program.
That's why last year when the Governor General of Canada challenged community foundations across Canada to extend their reach under a Smart and Caring Communities campaign, we immediately understood his vision and our role.
This edition of our 2012 annual report is filled with just a few of the ways that our community is already smart and caring. We look forward to developing those qualities even more with your help in 2013. If you have an idea about how we can be even smarter and more caring together, we'd love to hear from you. In the meantime, thank you for believing in our work to be "here for good".
— Past-Chair Frank Wellink on behalf of the Board of the Selkirk & District Community Foundation