The LeRoi Community Foundation
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.
LCF is accepting “Letters of Interest” (LOI) for its spring grant cycle. Deadline for submissions is Midnight, March 18, 2016. Please review the “Guidelines for Grant Seekers” prior to completing the “LOI”. Please note: LCF currently only considers funding requests up to $3,000.00.
Our AGM will be held on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:00 PM in the Boardroom at Coldwell Banker at 1252 Bay Avenue, Trail BC. Interested individuals are welcome to attend.
We are pleased to announce the “Trails for Tomorrow Fund” established for the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society. The Fund is open to receive donations from anyone who would like to support the work of the KCTS. Cheques should be made payable to “LeRoi Community Foundation”. Please note “Trails for Tomorrow” in the memo line of your cheque. Donations can be mailed to LeRoi Community Foundation, PO Box 3, Trail BC V1R 4L3. Or, if you prefer, you may donate through the KCTS. (Please see below for information.)
Kootenay Columbia Trails Society establishes endowment fund
The Kootenay Columbia Trails Society has established an endowment fund to ensure the future ofits trail network.
The Kootenay Columbia Trails for Tomorrow Fund has been created through the LeRoi Foundation,and will pay out to the KCTS on a yearly basis.
“Interest from the earnings on the fund will go back to the Trails Society for its charitable programsor the development of its trails,” said Louise McEwan, chair person of the LeRoi CommunityFoundation.
The fund has been setup in perpetuity and is open for anyone to contribute to.
“So for example it could be a large donation, if someone wanted to leave the fund a bequest in theirwill they could do that,” said McEwan. “If somebody didn’t know what to give that person forChristmas, they could make a donation in their name to the Trails for Tomorrow Fund.”
The initial capital amount the KCTS contributed was $16,450, and the society has raised $20,150 intotal this year.
In addition to donations, the society receives $100,000 of local government funding, but the fundingis approved on a year to year basis, and the society wanted to ensure that it can continue tomaintain and grow the trail network.
“We want to make sure we have some long-term funding that’s internally generated, so we diversifyour funding a little bit,” said Frank Ramovs, director of the KCTS. “If our funding stays stable then wewill use this money every year to make the network stronger and better.”
Generating internal revenue also gives the society an opportunity to multiply funding.
“Often times what happens is if we have project funding then we can multiply that by getting otherorganizations, like the Columbia Basin Trust for example, [to match] funding,” said Ramovs. “So ifwe have $2,000 in generated income, we may be able to double or triple that.”
The KCTS will receive its first interest payment from the fund a year from now.
Those who’d like to donate to the fund can do so by making out a cheque to the LeRoi CommunityFoundation, with KootenayColumbia Trails for Tomorrow Fund in the memo field, and sending it toPO Box 3, Trail, BC, V1R 4L3. Credit cards users candonate on the KCTS website by including acomment to let the KCTS know their donation is for the fund.
Corporate sponsors can contact Ramovs at 250-362-7136 or email email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Wills and Estate Planning information session and presentation of the fall grants. A special thanks to Jessica Sperry, Associate at McEwan Law Co.
The well-attended event gave everyone the opportunity to mingle, make connections, and learn about the diverse projects that make our community a great place to live.
We also announced the creation of a new endowment fund, “Kootenay Columbia Trails for Tomorrow Fund”. This fund will benefit the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society for years to come. Thank you KCTS.
LCF announced $13,000 in grants at the event . Recipients were:
School District No. 20 (Kootenay Columbia) Webster PAC for its intermediate playground improvement project
Special Olympics BC – Trail for its new curling program
Village of Warfield Enhancement Society (WaVES) for “Bridging the Technology Gap” – “an intergenerational project that will pair teens with adults in a learning experience”
Trail and District Public Library for a Junior Book Club – an “enhanced literacy program to encourage and support the love of books and reading”
FAIR (Trail Family and Individual Resource Center) for its Kootenay Dental Access program – “to help people living in poverty to have healthier lives by having healthier mouths”
CBAL (Columbia Basin Alliance for Literarcy) for Parent Night Out Workshops – workshops that
“promote the importance of a healthy early childhood development…and early literacy in the home”
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) BC Society for Trail “keeping it REAL” drug prevention program
Picture below are LCF Chair Louise McEwan and LCF Grant Committe Chair Laura Laratta with some of the grant recipients.
Only 56% of adult Canadians have a signed will. Why is it important to make a will? If you have a will, is it up to date?
The Foundation is hosting a wills and estates seminar. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7:00 PM at the VISAC Gallery in downtown Trail. Our presenter is local lawyer, Jessica Sperry, Associate at McEwan Law. There will be time for questions and mingling while we enjoy some delicious treats. For more information or to let us know you’re attending, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or all Louise at 250-364-1781.
Please contact Laura Laratta at email@example.com if you require assistance with your application.
Please review our “Guidelines for Grant Seekers” prior to submitting your Letter of Interest (LOI). Click here to download the forms: LOI (fall 2015)
Congratulations to Jayden Crandell and Ryan Fullerton, recipients of the 2015 Howie Fishwick Memorial scholarships. The scholarship is awarded annually to two junior golfers who have demonstrated leadership within the community, and who are continuing with post-secondary education. We wish Jayden and Ryan success with their studies.
Thank you to the Trail Times, a Black Press publication, for their recent coverage of the new Black Jack Ski Club Legacy Fund and the Harold Fishwick Memorial Scholarship. The article is posted below, and can also be accessed at:
New Black Jack legacy and music scholarship offer long-term vision
Ask and you shall receive.
That was definitely the case for Wannes Luppens, former Black Jack Ski Club president.
Luppens has accepted an executive director position with Cross Country BC but didn’t leave for Vernon without one last-ditch effort to give back to the local cross-country ski community.
He has set up the Black Jack Ski Club Legacy, which started with his $500 donation but quickly reached the minimal $10,000 level needed to create the fund under the LeRoi Community Foundation.
The endowed fund ensures donations stay to be invested and then a portion of the earnings from the investment are earmarked for the club.
“Just imagine if a Black Jack fund had been set up 20 or 30 years ago, how the club would be benefiting today,” Luppens wrote to the club.
“Each year the (executive) would prioritize spending the annual proceeds from the fund, but it could support various initiatives such as new grooming equipment, new and improved trails, the kids’ Skill Development Program, a new warming cabin and more.”
The only catch, he said, was the initial $10,000 investment, which was made possible with contributions from about 20 donors. The fund has now swelled to approximately $12,000 but isn’t expected to stop there.
“Ethan Meginnes and Alexandra Loeb have generously decided to match the next $5,000 worth of donations received before the end of 2015,” he continued. “They are doing so in recognition of Ritchie and Audrey Mann’s decades-long contribution to helping Black Jack get to where it is today, and also in memory of Audrey, who passed away recently. ”
Funds like this have long-term vision, explained Louise McEwan, president and chairperson of the foundation.
“What community foundations do, which is really different from other foundations, is we build endowed funds,” she said. “We receive donations with the idea that that money, the capital, stays invested forever and as funds grow they provide money for granting within the community.”
The new fund is one of 13 that the foundation manages. The announcement is shared with the addition of a new scholarship, the Harold Fishwick Memorial Scholarship.
The Grade 12 student selected for the $1,250 toward continuing post-secondary education had to be involved in a recognized music program, with preference given to the Trail and District After School Music Program run by Terry Moon out of the Alliance Church.
Ben Kanda remembers stepping through a “haze of emotion” when he took to the graduation stage but his path became clearer when his name was called, along with the announcement of the scholarship.
The 17-year-old will be studying music at Trinity Western University come fall.
The new scholarship is one of two set up by donor Peter Fishwick of Trail, who wanted to honour his late father, Harold Fishwick, the same way he did his brother when he set up the Howie Fishwick Memorial Scholarship a few years ago.
Peter’s parents died in a motor vehicle accident in the early 70s and his brother never quite recovered from the loss. Howie had barely taken a pension when he passed away at 57 years old.
“During the war, (Dad) was in the RCA Band (The Royal Canadian Artillery Band). He played the clarinet,” he told the Times.
He moved to Trail after the war and went onto to play with the Maple Leaf Band.
“Terry’s program is such a good program and I’m really keen on supporting it,” Peter said. “It’s definitely therapeutic (to give back). It’s made me feel a lot better about myself and everything.”
The foundation provided him a way of honouring his family’s name all while providing some closure to a traumatic experience.
The LeRoi Community Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the Greater Trail area through an extensive network of donors and corporations.
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