Community groups receive funding

Braden Dupuis
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More than a dozen community groups received much needed funding during a ceremony Wednesday at City Hall.

Recipients of the grants pose for a photo after Wednesday's ceremony.

More than a dozen community groups received much needed funding during a ceremony Wednesday at City Hall.

The Prince Albert and Area Community Foundation (PAACF), in partnership with the United Way of Saskatoon, presented 17 grants to local organizations.

“It is really an opportunity for the foundation and the United Way of Saskatoon to participate in a more cohesive and collaborative process in working with the community and the various agencies,” said Merv Bender, president of the PAACF.

“This partnership is very much appreciated by the PAACF, and we look forward to continuing this work in the years to come.”

The partnership allows funding from the United Way in the Prince Albert area to be directed by those who know where it is needed most.

“Most importantly, it means that investment made in Prince Albert is guided by input from local community volunteers,” said Rosalyn Kirkham of United Way of Saskatoon.

“It also means that two funders have the opportunity to collaborate on important initiatives in this area.”

Of the 17 grants awarded at Wednesday’s presentation, seven were co-funded by the two organizations.

The United Way contributed $48,000 in grants, while the PAACF provided $36,750.

In total, $84,750 was presented.

The groups that received funding on Wednesday were truly “exceptional,” said Garth Beddome, chairperson for the PAACF’s grant making committee.

“The work you do in our community is extremely valuable, and we wouldn’t have the same community we have without it,” Beddome said.

“You make a better place for all of us to live, and I want to thank you all for the work you do.”

The way a community foundation works is that all the money given to the foundation — be it through personal donations, bequests or endowments — is held in perpetuity.

“The original donation is never spent. It’s invested, and the income is used to support local initiatives,” said Barb Gustafson, former president of the PAACF.

“So when you give a donation to a community foundation, you’re really giving it forever, and while that means that sometimes it grows slowly … we really have very, very long-term effects on your community.”

Since its inception in 1999, the PAACF has contributed “about $350,000” back to the community, Gustafson said.

It has been involved in funding initiatives for the Rotary Trail, services for seniors, public libraries, affordable housing and many more worthwhile causes.

“These contributions come from donations that are made by local donors, and also from local funding such as the Moffat Family Fund,” Gustafson said, adding that the PAACF serves two main purposes.

“One is to work with donors, and to really honour their wishes of what they want to see happen with money that they are willing to give to us, and then the other is to serve the community, in providing help to organizations … so that work can be done towards what’s needed in the community.”

For more information, or to make a donation to the PAACF, call 764-9108.



Organizations: Prince Albert and Area Community Foundation, United Way, Moffat Family Fund

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Prince Albert

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