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Since its inception in 2007, the Bradford West Gwillimbury and District Community Foundation has been working to build a strong community. In 2008, we made our first grants: to the Bradford West Gwillimbury History Association and the Rotary Club of Bradford. The BWGD Community Foundation has a Grants Committee comprised of community volunteers and overseen by the Board of Directors. Our vision is to help create a better community for us all, today – tomorrow – forever.
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The “Lesson in Giving” is currently being reevaluated and, for now, has “ceased to exist in its current form”.
Call it a “lesson in giving…”
The Bradford West Gwillimbury & District Community Foundation is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that has one goal: to build a foundation, through donations, gifts and bequests, that will provide a sustainable source of grants to the community – to charities, sports groups, school projects, and other activities in BWG and District.
Now it’s planning to reach out to schools, in both the Public and Catholic School system, and ask the kids: “Who would you give $1000?”
The idea is that over the course of a month, students will be asked to vote online, at www .bwgdcf.ca
– choosing a favourite deserving charity or organization from the list provided by the Foundation, or by suggesting a charity not on the list.
The Helping Hand Food Bank. The Community Meal. Community Gardens. The Hub youth centre. Sports groups. Arts groups. The Wishing Well animal sanctuary. Southlake Regional Health Centre. Anywhere that the money could be used to build a better, more vibrant community.
“Instead of us thinking who we should give the money to, we get the schools involved,” says Hernan Burgos. “The idea is to get the children talking to their parents about this. It’s a lesson in giving.”
It’s also a competition. Not only will the kids select which not-for-profit gets the $1000, the school that has the highest percentage turnout in its voting will receive $500 for their own projects.
Right now, the Community Foundation is contacting the School Boards for permission to bring the “lesson in giving” to the schools.
The Bradford West Gwillimbury and District Community Foundation monitors all areas of community need: social services, education, the environment, health care, youth, seniors and the arts. We can help you learn more about local organizations and programs that make a difference in the areas you care about most. Then, we will work closely with you to develop a giving approach that matches your personal interests and tax planning needs.. Click here