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Formidable foundation

To read the list of organizations on the receiving end of the latest round of grants from the Guelph Community Foundation, and the projects the money is going towards, is to be reminded again of the value of this 12-year-old charitable foundation.
The 16 local organizations sharing a total of $50,000 from the foundation this fall are using the money for worthwhile causes. There are projects to fight poverty and provide nutritious food to the needy. There’s money for Laurine Avenue school, which is being rebuilt this year, to buy instruments to begin an instrumental music program when Grades 7 and 8 are added. And plenty more besides.
The annual fall grants are in addition to spring scholarships, summer camp grants and other sorts of grants that have brought the foundation’s 2012 tally to over 90 grants totalling more than $170,000.
The foundation aims to make charitable giving easy, flexible and effective. Since it was formed in 2000, its assets have grown to over $9.7 million and it has established over 100 funds that support such things as animal welfare, arts and culture, children and youth, education, environmental causes, health and wellness, recreation, seniors, and social services. In all, it has distributed over $2 million supporting over 700 charitable initiatives.
In its own quiet way, it’s doing much to make life better in Guelph.

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