Community Foundation Provides a Legacy of Benefits

Corey Grandfield with the SVRSS Varsity Hockey Team receiving a grant for hockey jerseys.

Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their annual granting night on December 7, 2017. “We are here tonight to harvest the fruits of philanthropy in the Swan River Valley,” said CFSV Board Chair Lorne Henkelman.

Since its inception in 2005, the CFSV has reached over $2.2 million in endowment funds, providing a never-ending source of income for the community. The original donations remain untouched and the interest earned is used to support local charities. In 2017, the CFSV granted a total of $80,771 with $49,750 going toward general granting, $17,121 to donor advised/designated grants and $13,900 in scholarships.

As each group came forward to receive their grant, they shared how the grant money would be used for their organization. The Band Booster Club took a hands on approach and treated the crowd to some Christmas music.

At the close of the evening, the SVRSS Varsity Hockey Team payed the spirit of giving forward by helping push out someone stuck in the parking lot.

During this year’s 24-Hour Giving Challenge, an additional $8,750 was donated to the CFSV which was stretched to a total of $12,250 with contributions from The Winnipeg Foundation and Government of Manitoba.

“We can be confident that not only will our community foundation continue to grow, but it will be here to support activities in community both now and long after those of us in this room are gone.” said Henkelman

2017 General Grant Recipients

$ 750 Thunderhill Courts Tenants Association: Exercise equipment
$ 1,000 Swan Valley Splash Park Committee: Develop Splash Park
$ 1,000 Swan Valley Communities That Care: Toys 4U Christmas toy drive
$ 750 Swan River Adult Education: Furniture and Storage
$ 1,500 SVSD SVRSS Varsity Hockey Team: Hockey jerseys
$ 2,000 SVSD Administration Department: 50th anniversary school bus restoration
$ 350 Heyes Child Care Centre: Chairs for older children
$ 2,500 Benito and District Recreation Centre: Replace flooring in viewing area
$ 3,000 Swan Valley Food Bank: Walk-in cooler
$ 1,500 Bowsman and District Curling Club: Chair replacement
$ 800 Kenville Memorial Hall: Storage room upgrade
$ 3,000 Swan Valley Band Boosters: Instrument purchases
$ 1,100 Town of Swan River: Replace pool fitness equipment
$ 1,000 Dolyna Dancers: Poltava costumes
$ 800 Tent Town Garden: Beautification of Minitonas Village Square
$ 1,000 Swan River Communities in Bloom: Birchwood Cemetery enhancement
$ 700 Dauphin Amateur Radio Club: Windy Hill Battery Storage Building
$ 7,500 Bowsman Early Learning Centre: Develop early years child care centre
$ 2,000 Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce: Refinish building exterior
$ 1,500 Swan River Golf and Country Club: Golf clubs for for Junior Golf Progam
$ 800 Tread the Thunder Bike Club: Trail signage and enclosed trailer
$ 1,500 Town of Swan River Veterans Community Hall: Round tables
$ 1,600 Swan Valley Animal Protection League: Insulated dog houses
$ 3,000 Sunflower Early Learning Centre: Daycare equipment
$ 2,000 Swan River Valley Agricultural Society: Outdoor entertainment structure
$ 500 Swan Valley Youth Soccer: Rotary Soccer Fields shelter
$ 4,000 Swan Valley Gymnastics Club: Gymnastics equipment
$ 1,500 Royal Canadian Legion Benito Ladies Auxiliary: Benito Legion Hall renovations
$ 400 SVSD Benito School: Floor curling equipment
$ 700 Community Bible Fellowship Christian School: Outdoor sports pad
$ 49,750 Total Grants from Undesignated and Unrestricted Funds

Donor Advised and Designated Grant Recipients

$ 451 Swan Valley Air Cadets
$ 438 Swan Valley Animal Protection League
$ 400 Swan Valley Arts Festival Music Fund
$ 518 Swan Valley Historical Museum
$ 10,297 Swan Valley Historical Museum
$ 506 Swan River Figure Skating Club
$ 956 Chemo Dept. Hospital
$ 305 Museum
$ 450 Youth in Philanthropy
$ 563 Youth Sport Fishing Education
$ 367 North-West Regional Library
$ 369 Bowsman Cemetery
$ 514 Swan Valley Pee Wee A Hockey
$ 405 Swan Valley Sport Fishing
$ 582 Swan Valley Splash Park Project
$ 17,121 Total Grants Advised and Designated by Donors

The CFSV thanks the donors who make these grants possible and encourages others to consider a donation to the CFSV in celebration of birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, as a lasting tribute in memory of a loved one, or as part of your will. There is also still time to be a part of the Celebrate Canada 150 Fund – a unique opportunity to create a lasting legacy and celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary through a donation(s) totaling $1000, by December 31, 2017.