Com­mu­nity foun­da­tion tak­ing shape

Northumberland Today - - FRONT PAGE - VA­LERIE MAC­DON­ALD vmac­don­ald@post­media.com twit­ter.com/NT_v­mac­don­ald

NORTHUM­BER­LAND — In­ter­est is be­ing gauged and in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to peo­ple about cre­at­ing a new county com­mu­nity foun­da­tion at a meet­ing this month.

Asked about the foun­da­tion, de­scribed as sup­port­ing Northum­ber­land County’s mis­sion to “foster a vi­brant and thriv­ing” county, spokesper­son Ni­cole Beatty ex­plained the over­all goal in an in­ter­view with Northum­ber­land To­day.

“The Northum­ber­land County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion is cur­rently in con­cept de­vel­op­ment; how­ever, the in­tended pur­pose of the foun­da­tion will be to help in­di­vid­ual donors and lo­cal busi­nesses pur­sue their com­mu­nity-giv­ing goals while build­ing phil­an­thropic ca­pac­ity for Northum­ber­land­based char­i­ties.”

Beatty also out­lined the specifics.

“If es­tab­lished, the Northum­ber­land County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion would aim to:

•cre­ate a com­mu­nity en­dow­ment fund to ben­e­fit Northum­ber­land char­i­ties;

• es­tab­lish Donor Ad­vised Funds for lo­cal phi­lan­thropists; and

• co-or­di­nate char­i­ta­ble giv­ing across the County.”

Beatty said that she is pur­su­ing the idea as a com­mu­nity vol­un­teer and there are “no paid po­si­tions at this time.”

She ex­plains that she will act as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor at the in­for­ma­tion meet­ing, and that she is in­volved in a va­ri­ety of non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and char­i­ties in the county.

Speak­ers sched­uled for the pub­lic meet­ing in­clude mem­bers of the Greater Peter­bor­ough Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, its ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, John Good, plus its found­ing chair and Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tions of Canada board di­rec­tor, Bill Lock­ing­ton.

There is a cross-Canada move­ment un­der the na­tional um­brella of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Move­ment with 191 com­mu­nity foun­da­tions col­lec­tively hold­ing as­sets of more than $4.8-bil­lion, while putting “hun­dreds of mil­lions back into com­mu­ni­ties,” a me­dia re­lease states.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion is over 90 years old, it also states.

“The CFC web­site, www.com­mu­ni­ty­foun­da­tions.ca, fur­ther de­scribes this as fol­lows: ‘Our un­prece­dented scope means we can pool all forms of cap­i­tal to­gether giv­ing us greater ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and op­por­tu­ni­ties for im­pact than we could ever achieve alone’,” the lo­cal me­dia re­lease about the Oct. 23 meet­ing states.

Beatty says the first step is to “eval­u­ate in­ter­est and fea­si­bil­ity, as well as to re­cruit a found­ing Board of Directors” and to reg­is­ter as a “char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion/ pub­lic foun­da­tion with the Canada Rev­enue Agency.”

The com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cobourg Loft at 201 Di­vi­sion St., Cobourg.

Ni­cole Beatty

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