The LeRoi Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the Greater Trail area through an extensive network of donors and cooperations.

Community foundations have, at the heart of their mission, the goal of serving donors and promoting philanthropy and the LeRoi Community Foundation is no exception. We are eager to hear from both donors and potential recipients around how we can best serve the communities we work, live and play in.

Friday, July 18, 2014 @ 09:07 PM
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Announcing Spring 2015 Grant Cycle

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 @ 03:03 PM
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We are pleased to announce the Spring 2015 Grant Cycle.  To obtain a Letter of Interest (LOI) form with Guidelines for Grant Seekers, please click on the “Grants” link in the sidebar. Applications for grants close March 20, 2015.

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, February 21, 2015 @ 05:02 AM
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Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on March 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the downstairs boardroom at Coldwell Banker, 1252 Bay Avenue, Trail BC.  We will present our 2014 Annual Report and elect directors.

The annual membership fee to join LCF is $20.00. Please consider becoming a member. If you are unable to attend the AGM, and wish to support LCF as a member, membership fees may be mailed to:

LeRoi Community Foundation, 1252 Bay Avenue, Trail BC V1R 4A6 Attention: Peter Morgenthaler

Ways to Give

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 08:01 PM
posted by: louisemcewan

There are different ways to give to your local community through donations to the LeRoi Community Foundation.  From named funds to occasional donations of any size, we would love to be your charity of choice.

LCF builds permanently endowed funds, and there are a variety of ways for donors to set up an endowed fund. We’d be happy to discuss your philanthropic goals with you and get the ball rolling to create your named fund.

Types of Funds

Any of the funds below can be established in your name, or in the name of your family, your organization, or anyone you wish to honor.  All grants distributed from your fund – today and in the future – are then awarded to charities in the name of your fund. It’s a great way to always be involved with, and remembered for, your community investment.

The minimum amount to establish a named fund with the LCF is $10,000. An named fund can be established with an initial donation of $10,000, or, if you prefer, you can spread that out over a three year period. You begin with an initial donation of $5000 and contribute the remaining  $5000 over  the next two years.

Five great giving options. Choose the one that’s right for you.

Unrestricted Funds. You can use your gift to meet ever-changing community needs – including future needs that often cannot be anticipated at the time your gift is made. We evaluate all aspects of community well-being – arts and culture, education, environment, health and social services, youth, and more. The flexibility of your unrestricted gift makes it possible to respond to the community’s most pressing needs, today and tomorrow.

Field of Interest Funds. You can target your gift to address needs in an important area of community life. The arts. AIDS. Aging. At-risk youth. You identify your personal interest area when making your gift; our board awards grants to community groups and programs that are making a difference in the area you select.

Designated Funds. You can direct your gift to a specific charity or issue area.  Help provide ongoing funding for a senior centre, museum, your church, or virtually any nonprofit charitable organization. You identify the recipient you wish to benefit through your gift; our staff manages the annual distribution of funds.

Donor Advised Funds. You can have ongoing involvement in the use of your gift. You work with our professional grantmaking staff, identifying ways to use dollars from your Donor Advised Fund to address the issues and needs you care about most. Your recommendations are submitted to our board for approval; we then distribute grant dollars.

Agency Endowment Funds. An attractive option for local charities that currently manage, or are interested in establishing their own endowment fund. An Agency Endowment Fund through your local community foundation makes it easy and efficient to create and manage a permanent endowment for your organization. You build the fund. We take care of the rest.


Our post on planned giving includes a downloadable power point presentation on the benefits of gifting life insurance to charity.

Kootenay Savings Foundation donates to Le Roi

Monday, December 22, 2014 @ 10:12 PM
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The Kootenay Savings Community Foundation recently announced a total donation of $50,000 to be shared amongst eight local foundations in the Kootenay Savings Credit Union service area, as well as $65,000 in grants to other community groups.

Below, Louise McEwan, chair of the Le Roi CF board of directors accepts a $14,070  donation from  members of Kootenay Savings Credit Union corporate office, representing the KSCF. The funds will be used for granting in 2015.

Thank you for your generosity, KSCF!

KSF donation

Announcing the Fall 2014 Grant Recipients

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 10:12 PM
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On December 9, the Foundation was pleased to award the Fall 2014 Grants.

Fall 2014 Grant Recipients

Listed below are the grant recipients and their project titles, as well as the endowed funds that made the grants possible.

  • Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy
    • “Parents as Literary Supporters Program”
    • William Exner Memorial Fund; Kootenay Savings Community Fund
  • Greater Trail Hospice Society
    • “End of Life Workshop” and “Living with Grief Program”
    • Edie and Tom McEwan Endowment;  Kootenay Savings Community Fund
  • VISAC Gallery for Rossland Council for Arts and Culture
    • “Random Acts of Culture” (Temporary Exhibit)
    • Nelson District Credit Union – Rossland Branch Fund; Kootenay Savings Community Fund
  • Saint Michael’s Catholic School
    • “Ready Bodies, Learning Minds”
    • Sheila Rogers and Una ffrench Endowment; Kootenay Savings Community Fund
  • Special Olympics BC  for Trail Branch
    • “Equipment upgrade”
    • Harry Stanton Endowment; BC Games Sports Legacy Fund; Kootenay Savings Community Fund
  • Cross-Country Ski Canada for Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club
    • “Skier Development Cargo Trailer”
    • Columbia Basin Trust Endowment; Kootenay Savings Community Fund
  • Rossland Light Opera Players
    • “Wireless microphones”
    • Nelson District Credit Union – Rossland Branch Fund; Kootenay Savings Community Fund

Planned Giving Seminar

Saturday, December 13, 2014 @ 09:12 PM
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Financial advisors begin their presentations

Local financial advisers provided information on some of the various ways that donors can give to charities. Some ways for donors to leave a legacy to a charity include gifts of cash, stocks, bonds,valuable art, real estate, and life insurance.  Click here for   Charitable donations 2014, a power point presentation for more information on donating insurance.

The Le Roi Foundation welcomes discussions with potential donors. We can help you make your philanthropic goals a reality.  If you are interested in leaving a legacy in your community through the Foundation, please talk to us and seek advice from your trusted professional advisors.

Trail Times feature

Monday, November 10, 2014 @ 09:11 PM
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LeRoi Foundation joins nation-wide awareness campaign

A billboard near the Montrose cut-off highlights Trail-Warfield’s Citizen of the Year Tom McEwan and the LeRoi Foundation‘s part of a nation-wide network. - Liz Bevan

A billboard near the Montrose cut-off highlights Trail-Warfield’s Citizen of the Year Tom McEwan and the LeRoi Foundation‘s part of a nation-wide network.

— Image Credit: Liz Bevan

Without the LeRoi Foundation, the Warfield Scouts would be up a creek without a canoe.

Just a piece of the nearly $200,000 given to community organizations by the foundation since 2009, the Scouts used their grant to buy a new canoe for trips and adventure.

Now, the LeRoi Foundation is one of 191 community foundations across the country participating in a national campaign to create awareness for the work they do.

The campaign has its own billboard on the Montrose hill, showing Trail-Warfield 2014 Citizen of the Year Tom McEwan, and promoting the work of community foundations. Every month, the campaign asks local foundations to nominate someone to be the face of the community foundation, or the community champion and the LeRoi Foundation chose McEwan.

Laura Laratta, director at the foundation, says the campaign will spread the word about community foundations and the work they do, hopefully leading to growth.

“It’s exciting for us to belong to a network of 191-plus like-minded foundations. It connects the LeRoi Community Foundation with foundations across the country and gives us access to professional expertise,” she said. “The campaign is really helping build awareness, not just locally but also across the country. Whether its our billboard here in Trail, or a radio ad that someone hears while on vacation in another province, the national campaign gets the message out that we can help donors achieve their charitable goals and local charities realize projects that make our community a better place to live for everyone.”

McEwan, the man pictured on the billboard, sees a bright future for the LeRoi Foundation and says the campaign will help the organization give even more money to community groups.

“They don’t have a lot to give yet, but it is growing and I think it is a very good thing in our community,” he said. “It accumulates money and is able to give money back into the community every year. Once it gets to the stage that is really successful, it is going to be a really good thing, I think.

“That is to me is really important. I really love Trail and it is just great to see this happening. It is really good.”

The LeRoi Foundation has bestowed funds on many local groups over the last few years to the Trail Historical Society, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, the Rossland Historical Museum, the Glenmerry PAC, the local Warfield Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and many more organizations.

Larry Cecconi of the First Warfield Scouts says the money the group received from the foundation has allowed them to buy a high-end canoe, giving members another piece of equipment to teach them the Scouts brand of leadership and adventure.

“(The grants from the LeRoi Foundation) bought us a new canoe and that is what we were looking for,” said Cecconi. “The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are growing right now and the older kids like the canoe part. It would have taken us over two seasons to get that kind of money. It is really good and we are so pleased that (the foundation) came through for us.”

Community foundations, like the LeRoi Foundation, don’t cater to a specific type of community group or organization when it comes to delivering funding.

“(We) take a broad view of community giving,” said Laratta. “Other foundations and charities focus on a single area or a specific cause. Community Foundations look at the community as a whole, build endowed funds and grant to a broad range of projects.

“They serve diverse areas, such as arts and culture, the environment, youth and seniors, education, health and welfare, and sports and recreation. Another important distinction between community foundations and other charities is that community foundations build permanently endowed funds that enable them to meet current priorities, now and into the future.”

Anyone in the community can help the LeRoi Foundation by donating or just communicating with like-minded people about the funding the foundation provides to the community and hopefully, will get the foundation more money to distribute.

“We would ask people who are curious about the LeRoi Community Foundation to visit our website, and the Community Foundations of Canada website,” said Laratta. “We are always happy to talk to individuals and groups, so we encourage anyone interested to get in touch with us. And of course, like all charities, we welcome donations, from the occasional donation to the establishment of an endowment fund. Our ability to help local charities accomplish their projects depends directly upon the generosity of local donors. We’d love to be considered a local charity of choice.”

Source: Trail Times, Trail BC

Planned Giving Seminar November 12, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014 @ 09:10 PM
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November 14, 2014 is National Philanthropy Day. To mark the substantial contribution that charitable giving makes to our community, the LeRoi Community Foundation is co-hosting a “Planned Giving Seminar” in conjunction with Canaccord/MP Wealth Advisory and Kootenay Savings Credit Union.  If you have ever thought about leaving a legacy for your community through planned giving, you won’t want to miss this seminar.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Place: VISAC Gallery (Trail BC) (Map)

Time: Seminar begins at 7:00pm , but we’ll be there at 6:30pm to greet you! Refreshments to follow.

RSVP: Louise McEwan at leroifoundation@gmail.com, or 250-364-1781. We hope you will join us.

2014 Fall Grant Cycle

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 10:10 AM
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The LeRoi Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 Fall Grant Cycle. The Grants Committee looks forward to receiving grant requests that meet the Foundation’s guidelines. Please complete and submit  the downloadable form:  ”Letter of Interest with Guidelines for Grant Seekers”.

Closing date for applications is November 6, 2014.

Letter of Interest with Guidelines for Grant Seekers

Trail-Warfield Citizen of the Year part of national campaign

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 @ 08:10 AM
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Year-long campaign introduces Canadians to local heroes from 191 communities – including ours!

The foundation of my community starts with you – and me.

That’s the simple, yet powerful, message at the heart the 191 community foundations across Canada. The campaign’s goal: to celebrate the way our communities shape who we are, and to recognize the role we have in giving back to those communities.

“We want to ignite the passion we know Canadians feel for their communities. We’re not asking for anything except awareness – and hopefully engagement,” says Forrest Drinnan, past-president of the LeRoi Community Foundation.

The year-long awareness campaign includes a series of print, broadcast and online messages, each featuring Canadians who embody the concept of ‘Community Makes You. You Make Your Community.’

“Our campaign salutes Canadians all across the country who are making their homes better places to live. They are at the heart and soul of our communities and we want to celebrate them – and the role they play,” says Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada, the network for Canada’s community foundation movement.

The campaign’s centerpiece is a spoken word-style Community Foundation “Anthem” created to capture the dedication and determination of the people behind Canada’s community foundation movement.

“This campaign has been powered by community champions every step of the way – from the companies that developed the concept and filmed our television spot, to the local businesses right here in Trail who partnered with us on our billboard, to the stars of our ad – who are on the front lines in our communities each and every day,” says  Drinnan. “So many Canadians have donated their time and expertise to making this happen – and we’re just getting started!”

Every month more Canadians will be added to the campaign’s website, including Trail’s own Tom McEwan who was recognized locally as the 2014 Trail/Warfield citizen of the year for his lifetime of dedication and service to the community.

Click here to listen to the Community Foundation “Anthem”.

To learn more about Community Foundations, please visit Community Foundations Canada.

LeRoi Community Foundation's "Community Champion" billboard

Local billboard features Tom McEwan, a LeRoi Community Foundation “community champion”.  The LeRoi thanks Community Foundations Canada and  local businesses Mike Hockley Photo, Now Advertising and Speedpro Signs for their assistance with the billboard.