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Generational guidance

Rosanne and John Marsh learned about philanthropy from their
parents and it’s something they’re glad to be handing down to the
next generation. Rosanne, a member of the Niagara Community
Foundation’s Board of Directors and a long-time community
volunteer, has had her hand in establishing two funds, one named
after her parents and one named for their own family.
“My husband and I both had great role models in our parents,”
Rosanne said. “We established the Marsh Family Fund and the
Assunta and Cesare Bonelli Fund in order to honour the past
and improve the future.”
Born in Italy, Rosanne immigrated to Canada with her family and
remembers that her parents, even with limited resources, were quick
to help friends or neighbours in need. John’s parents were also
extremely community minded, helping raise money for many local
causes. Rosanne has been involved with the Niagara Community
Foundation since 2001, serving as one of the founders of the
Port Colborne Community Fund.
Proceeds from the Marsh Family Fund go to Pathstone Mental Health,
a cause that’s dear to Rosanne’s heart “because it involves children
and the need is so great.”
Her leadership has helped shape her community, but Rosanne
prefers a behind-the-scenes approach. That’s why she’s so pleased
to see her grandchildren – there are four – already following in the
family’s philanthropy footsteps.
“They inspire us every day to be better people,” she said. The two
oldest, ages 11 and 9, have already raised money by doing extra
chores and donating it to the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital.
The Niagara Community Foundation is an amazing organization
that looks after the needs of all living in Niagara, Rosanne said. “It
is a great comfort to us to know that the foundation will be here to
continue to support Pathstone, the organization of our choice, long
after we’re gone.”

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