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Community Foundation distributes $95,000 in grants to Registered Charities strengthening the Kenora and LOW Region


Kenora – November 3, 2014 The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region is pleased to announce the distribution of $95,000 in grants to charities in the Lake of the Woods Region.

“This event is made possible by our generous donors”, says Community Foundation President Don Parfitt.  “We also congratulate the charities who are doing wonderful work in our region”, says Parfitt. Grants will be presented to arts and culture initiatives as well as to organizations supporting social welfare, health and wellness, the general needs of the community and animal welfare.

“We will be using the grant money to sustain our program and hopefully even grow it as well. We are working to improve the physical fitness and well being of our residents”, says Clayton Hammett, organizer of Lake Run – Kenora’s Weekly Run/Walk 5K.

“This grant will go a long way in improving our current tennis facilities for all our users in the coming year”, says Kenora Tennis Club Volunteer Director, Bart Bergman.

The Community Foundation is also taking time to recognize the impact of its volunteers, says Darlene MacGillivray, Executive Director.  “Without the dedication and hard work of over one hundred volunteers, we would not be able to carry out our mandate, of helping to improve community living and the quality of life for residents and visitors to the region”, she says.

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is a volunteer driven, public foundation, which accepts donations and builds endowment funds – creating a nest egg that will always be there for the community. The investment income earned on the funds is granted to local registered charities that enhance the quality of life, in line with the donors’ wishes.  Our catchment area includes the City of Kenora and the neighbouring communities of Redditt, Minaki, Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls, the First Nations Territories and the unincorporated territories surrounding Lake of the Woods. Since 2004, thanks to our generous donors, $3.7 million has been contributed to our endowment funds and $1.3 Million has been granted to over sixty different local charities.

Because the Community Foundation supports all kinds of charities – not just one sector or issue area – we are well positioned to bring diverse voices together to address local issues. Together we build networks, we collaborate; we build community: Building Forever Together.

For more information on how to help grow our community, please contact Darlene MacGillivray, Community Foundation Executive Director, at 807-467-4427, info@klwcf.ca

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