Dufferin Community Foundation gets charitable status

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“Great news! We are official!” was the jubilant message from Gord Gallaugher, Chair of the Dufferin Community Foundation, to his Board in early December. Just in time for year-end and holiday giving, the Canada Revenue Agency announced that the new Dufferin Community Foundation meets the requirements for tax-exempt status as a registered charity under the Income Tax Act.

This milestone means that the Foundation can issue tax receipts to donors who want to help build endowment funds and meet modest operating expenses. These donations create a sustainable way to support vital charitable work throughout Dufferin for generations to come. 

With volunteer energy, momentum toward this event has built steadily throughout 2018. Under the auspices of Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA) and with expertise from the Orangeville office of Carters Professional Corporation, specialists in charity law, the Foundation held its first Board of Directors meeting in April; opened its first mini-grant competition in July; held a highly successful launch at the Adamo Estate Winery in September; and began showcasing local charities on its website in October. 

Now, the Foundation is poised to accept gifts of any size from individuals, families and corporations. The website highlights “10 Ways to Give” and the CanadaHelps.org button makes on-line contribution easy. 

The next steps are the first year-end report, a 2019 fund-building campaign, and an active search for volunteers to serve on the Finance and Outreach Committees.

The Dufferin Community Foundation is a charitable public foundation created by and for the people of Dufferin. It encourages endowment building and facilitate philanthropic partnerships within Dufferin, today and for future generations. It supports the people who live and work in the community through grants to community projects run by charitable organizations.

The goal is to supplement the ongoing charitable work in the community by creating new sources of funding for them. It encourages philanthropy of all kinds in Dufferin, acting as champions for issues that matter and direct grants to everything from shelter, education, care for those in need, the environment, recreation and the arts, and more.

The Dufferin Community Foundation is part of a nationwide movement of over 191 community foundations (Community Foundations of Canada) whose objective is to help build stronger and more vibrant communities. The Dufferin Community Foundation was created to serve all parts of the county including Orangeville, Shelburne, Mono, Grand Valley, Mulmur, Melancthon, Amaranth and East Garafraxa.

 If you’d like to be part of this exciting initiative, contact [email protected]

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