Story – December 14, 2010
Spirit of giving alive and well – Foundation hosts annual gifting evening
— December 14, 2010 by Derek Holtom, Swan Valley Star and Times —
The spirit of giving was alive and well last Thursday evening at the Westwood Inn in Swan River as the community gathered for the sixth annual meeting and granting night for the Community Foundation of Swan Valley. Dubbed “The First Five Years of Forever”, the Foundation distributed $30,039 last night. The amount of money they are able to gift out each year continues to grow thanks to interest and donation continuing to grow the capital. Last year a total of $21,989 was distributed. As well, the Foundation’s annual report shows that they now have more than $1 million in funds.
Receiving 2010 grants were as follows: Dolyna Dancers Inc., Taylor School Parent Advisory Council, Hero Club North, Benito’s Earth Rangers, Benito and District Recreation Centre, North Mountain Riders, Swan Valley Food Bank, Kenville Memorial Hall, Swan Valley Animal Protection League, Veterans Community Hall, Shaker Misto Dance Club from Benito, Bowsman School Parent Advisory Council, Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics Club, Benito and Area Drop In Centre, North West Regional Library, Mafeking Fire Department, Bowsman and District Curling Club, Harley House Committee, Skateboard Union, Benito School and Birch River Legion Branch No. 48.
Youth in Philanthropy also handed out two grants. This marks the first year the SVRSS group has joined with the Foundation's gifting night. Jennifer Simpson from the SVRSS noted this year they have a group of young, energized individuals who are enjoying learning about Youth in Philanthropy. This year, the group presented grants to the Skateboard Union and the Minitonas Playground Committee.
There were also several designated funds presented. These are funds where the money is directed to a specific initiative by the donor. Grants were presented to the Swan Valley Cadets (Lloyd Spicer Fund), Animal Protection League (James and Marie Hogg), Swan Valley Historical Museum (who set up a fund to help provide themselves with long-term funding), Swan Valley Museum (Tony and Vincent Gulash), Swan Valley Fine Arts (Joyce Campbell (Barrows) and R.B. Mills). Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival Music Fund (Lloyd and Betty Bertram), and the Swan River Figure Skating Club (Carissa Kowal Fund).
There was also a “Field of Interest” grant presented on behalf of Mike and Olive Didychuk. The money is to be distributed to youth activities each year. There was also a “Donor Advised” grant presented. The Bowsman and District Lions had their grant directed towards the Bowsman Cemetery Association.
Community Foundation of Swan Valley Chair Keith Behrmann also took time at the end of the event to note that three board members would be leaving at the end of this year as per the organization’s bylaws. Doug Hinchliffe, Marg Neely and Norman Bruce were all presented certificates to honour their years of service.