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When the Niagara-on-the-Lake Healthcare Foundation dissolved in 2018, its board was faced with a million-dollar question.

What should it do with the nearly $1 million it raised over the years for patient care at the former Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital?
Niagara Health had closed beds at the site, and the building was eventually sold to the municipality, which had other plans for the property. Still, money had been raised by the foundation over 20 years specifically for health care in the town.
The board, including Linda Sauro, Barbara Waller and Mora Richmond, decided to divide the fund into two $460,000 grants. It donated one to the Niagara Health Foundation for geriatric and complex care, and for the purchase of a third MRI machine.
The other $460,000 grant was entrusted to the Niagara Community Foundation to support health care in Niagara-on-the-Lake, with the creation of a non-permanent, spend-down fund the Foundation will disburse over the next 10 years to related local charities. With part of this gift, the Foundation also established two permanent endowment funds: one to assist such charities and the other to benefit the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care Service.
“The most important thing when receiving donation money is to make sure the donors’ wishes are met,” Sauro said. “We wanted to keep it here because that’s where the money came from. There are other health care needs in a small community, and the Niagara Community Foundation will be able to support those needs if people apply and grants are made.”

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