AGM 2

Message from the Executive Director

Dear friends, 

If one looks back to four months ago, it would have been impossible to predict the journey we have all been on together.  The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been dramatic and unforeseen, restricting our movements, separating us from family and friends, and closing most businesses across Ontario.  A resilient community is a strong community and people across Grey Bruce have been coming together to support the most vulnerable during these unprecedented circumstances.  I offer thanks to you and your family for your ongoing commitment to community philanthropy, and send you wishes for continued good health, strength, and wellness. 

Over the past three months, we have been concerned about the impacts of the pandemic on regional charities and non-profits. On our website, you can review the results of our survey that checked in with 82 organizations to see how they are doing.  Social distancing and closures have meant that all fundraising events and gatherings have been cancelled – this creates financial difficulties for organizations that rely on fundraising for operations.  If you can consider donating, at this time, it will be greatly appreciated by the organization of your choice.

The Foundation’s offices have been closed to the public since March 19 and staff are working from home.  If you call the office, we will respond to your call as soon as possible.  While we have been closed, it has been a very busy time at the Foundation while we administer our regular Community Granting, as well as the Emergency Community Support Fund, and the Investment Readiness Program supporting social enterprise organization across Central Ontario. You can read about these initiatives in the News section of our web site.

We are very grateful for partnerships with the United Way Bruce Grey on the Emergency Community Support Fund and Georgian College and the Social Enterprise Network of Central Ontario on the Investment Readiness Program.  It is inspiring that the Government of Canada has recognized the community foundation network as a key partner in reaching out to communities across Canada from coast to coast to coast.  Our Community Foundation movement blankets the country and we are relentlessly pursuing a future where no one is left behind.

Over the past year, we have been celebrating 25 years of service in Grey Bruce and we have been building our Next25 Fund that will help us ensure the vitality of all communities in Grey and Bruce for another quarter century. Building our non-restricted resources ensures our Foundation has the capacity to address community needs as they arise, including crises like COVID-19.  We are pleased to announce that the Next25 Fund continues to grow and has surpassed the $100,000 mark.  Thanks for your support.

I look forward to the months ahead and to meeting you in person, as restrictions ease.  Stay well, stay safe.

Stuart