A Hole in One
Choosing causes to support to can be daunting because there’s not one that isn’t worthy.
For years a group of Niagara business colleagues, called GOATS, dedicated themselves to raising money for muscular dystrophy, first by working phones in a Hospital for Sick Children telethon some 35 years ago, and later by hosting annual golf tournaments.
Over time, the GOATS determined they’d have greater impact donating the proceeds of their yearly tee-offs to local causes. As the GOATS golf tournament grew, the group opted to focus on fundraising on the fairway and turned to the Niagara Community Foundation to manage and distribute the proceeds.
In 2010, the group established the CANADA GOATS ENDOWMENT FUND with the Foundation. Every year since, half the money they raise golfing goes to building the endowment. The rest goes to supporting Niagara charities.
“The driver for the GOATS was the Niagara Community Foundation could determine where the funds are most needed and where they should go,” says John Potts, GOATS member and a Foundation ambassador. The GOATS’ goal is to grow the fund to $200,000, and with more than $164,000 in their endowment already, they’re well on their way. Niagara stands to benefit for years to come.
“Whenever the tournament falls away, there will still be an endowment to continue granting money in the community through the Niagara Community Foundation,” John says.