Niagara Community Foundation grants $27,300 to NOTL health-care services
by Satbir Singh
One year ago the Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) was gifted $460,000 in assets from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Healthcare Foundation, when it closed its doors. In receiving this gift, NCF committed to continuing the Healthcare Foundations work of supporting NOTL health care service providers.
Fulfilling this commitment NCF granted $27,300 to five health-care service providers in the Town this fall. The services benefiting from the grants are Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care Services, Pathstone Mental Health Foundation, Upper Canada Lodge, Red Rood Retreat and the Canadian Cancer Society.
“This is exactly what we had in mind when making the decision to establish the endowment within the Niagara Community Foundation,” said former NOTL Healthcare Foundation board member Linda Sauro.
NCF executive director, Bryan Rose, was grateful for the NOTL Healthcare Foundation and their belief in NCF to deploy the funds for health-care initiatives, adding that it’s important to keep the legacy going for the work the Healthcare Foundation had put in over the years.
“For our inaugural dispersal of the NOTL Healthcare Foundation Fund, being able to support five unique health-care organizations who provide tremendous service to the residents of NOTL highlights the positive impact we all can have in our community,” said Rose.
NCF’s NOTL Fund committee chair, Mike Berlis, explained that the Healthcare Foundation’s priorities with the NCF is to ensure the assets would benefit the town’s residents directly.
“It is our hope that NCF can continue to strengthen the legacy of health care in Niagara-on-the-Lake,” said Berlis.
Rose says the health care needs, not only in NOTL but across the region, is a sector NCF has been focused on supporting since its creation in 2000.
“Whether it be to support programs for seniors or to provide funding for youth mental health initiatives, our goal is to continue to respond to the varying needs of our community,” said Rose.
NOTL is one of 12 municipalities who have a local fund, with NCF, guided by a team of volunteers. Local community funds ensures donors and philanthropists have an opportunity to keep their charitable investments in their community.
For more information about NCF, visit niagaracommunityfoundation.org and click on Community Funds.