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Community Foundation of Swan Valley

Leaving an everlasting legacy for the Swan River Valley, Manitoba, Canada

Story – December 13, 2017

Community Foundation Provides a Legacy of Benefits

— December 13, 2017 by Shauna Klekta,

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The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held its annual granting night on December 7, 2017. “We are here tonight to harvest the fruits of philanthropy in the Swan River Valley,” said CFSV Board Chair Lorne Henkelman.

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Since its inception in 2005, the CFSV has reached over $2.2 million in endowment funds, providing a never-ending source of income for the community. The original donations remain untouched and the interest earned is used to support local charities. In 2017, the CFSV granted a total of $80,771 with $49,750 going toward general granting, $17,121 to donor advised/designated grants and $13,900 in scholarships.

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As each group came forward to receive their grant, they shared how the grant money would be used for their organization. The Band Booster Club took a hands on approach and treated the crowd to some Christmas music.

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At the close of the evening, the SVRSS Varsity Hockey Team payed the spirit of giving forward by helping push out someone stuck in the parking lot.

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During this year’s 24-Hour Giving Challenge, an additional $8,750 was donated to the CFSV, which was stretched to a total of $12,250 with contributions from The Winnipeg Foundation and The Government of Manitoba. “We can be confident that not only will our community foundation continue to grow, but it will be here to support activities in community both now and long after those of us in this room are gone.” said Henkelman.

2017 General Grant Recipients:
Thunderhill Courts Tenants AssociationExercise equipment$750
Swan Valley Splash Park CommitteeDevelop Splash Park$1,000
Swan Valley Communities That CareToys 4U Christmas toy drive$1,000
Swan River Adult EducationFurniture and storage$750
SVSD SVRSS Varsity Hockey TeamHockey jerseys$1,500
SVSD Administration Department50th anniversary school bus restoration$2,000
Heyes Child Care CentreChairs for older children$350
Benito and District Recreation CentreReplace flooring in viewing area$2,500
Swan Valley Food BankWalk-in cooler$3,000
Bowsman and District Curling ClubChair replacement$1,500
Kenville Memorial HallStorage room upgrade$800
Swan Valley Band Boosters ClubInstrument purchases$3,000
Town of Swan RiverReplace pool fitness equipment$1,100
Dolyna DancersPoltava costumes$1,000
Tent Town GardenBeautification of Minitonas Village Square$800
Swan River Communities in BloomBirchwood Cemetery enhancement$1,000
Dauphin Amateur Radio ClubWindy Hill battery storage building$700
Bowsman Early Learning CentreDevelop early years child care centre$7,500
Swan Valley Chamber of CommerceRefinish building exterior$2,000
Swan River Golf and Country ClubGolf clubs for Junior Golf Progam$1,500
Tread the Thunder Bike ClubTrail signage and enclosed trailer$800
Town of Swan River Veterans Community HallRound tables$1,500
Swan Valley Animal Protection LeagueInsulated dog houses$1,600
Sunflower Early Learning CentreDaycare equipment$3,000
Swan River Valley Agricultural SocietyOutdoor entertainment structure$2,000
Swan Valley Youth SoccerRotary Soccer Fields shelter$500
Swan Valley Gymnastics ClubGymnastics equipment$4,000
Royal Canadian Legion Benito Ladies AuxiliaryBenito Legion Hall renovations$1,500
SVSD Benito SchoolFloor curling equipment$400
Community Bible Fellowship Christian SchoolOutdoor sports pad$700
Total Grants from Undesignated and Unrestricted Funds$49,750
Donor Advised and Designated Grant Recipients
Swan Valley Air Cadets$451
Swan Valley Animal Protection League$438
Swan Valley Arts Festival Music Fund$400
Swan Valley Historical Museum$518
Swan Valley Historical Museum$10,297
Swan River Figure Skating Club$506
Chemotherapy Department Swan Valley Health Centre$956
Youth in Philanthropy$450
Youth Sport Fishing Education$563
North-West Regional Library$367
Bowsman Cemetery$369
Swan Valley Pee Wee A Hockey$514
Swan Valley Sport Fishing$405
Swan Valley Splash Park Project$582
Total Grants Advised and Designated by Donors$17,121

The CFSV thanks the donors who make these grants possible and encourages others to consider a donation to the CFSV in celebration of birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, as a lasting tribute in memory of a loved one, or as part of your will. There is also still time to be a part of the Celebrate Canada 150 Fund — a unique opportunity to create a lasting legacy and celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary through a donation(s) totaling $1,000 by December 31, 2017.