Grand Bend Community Foundation returns to granting

After suspending grants for a year because of the global economic downturn, the Grand Bend Community Foundation returned to the business of giving money to support community projects in 2009. The foundation gave four recipients a total of $38,500: The Friends of the Pinery Park, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, and Grand Bend Home and School Association’s Wheelchair Accessible Playground Campaign received a total of $13,500; a bequest from the late Dorothy Child of Grand Cove sent $25,000 to the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre.
“The educational experience of the students at the School has been so enriched by the opportunities created through the grants from the Foundation,” says Grand Bend Public School principal Susan Manz. “It also sets a real example for volunteerism and gifting for our students.”
Donors gave $106,000 in 2009, including a major gift from Jean Muma to establish the MJ Muma Endowment Fund and from Nancy Poole to establish the Charlotte Edwards Robinson Memorial Fund for the Arts. The annual fundraising drive brought in $10,000 in individual gifts to support grants for community projects.
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