This month the Barrie Community Foundation said goodbye to our Chair, Lorraine Maher.
Lorraine has an extensive resume and portfolio of charitable and philanthropic work in our local community, including spending 13 years as a Director of the Barrie Community Foundation. Her efforts were unparalleled. She was significant in the planning and execution of the Annual Spirit Catcher Awards Gala, fundraising, secretarial services, and completed her time with the Foundation as the Chair.
Lorraine, we wish you the best of luck with all of your future endeavours. You will be missed greatly!
The Order of the Spirit Catcher, established in 2000 (replacing the Civic Award of Merit), is the highest honour bestowed by the City to a volunteer (youth and adult) for outstanding service to our community.Read More
The Barrie Community Foundation is excited to announce the addition of two new Board Members, Carol Oliver & Amanda Whitman. For more information about Carol or Amanda and their involvement with the Barrie Community Foundation, please visit our Board of Directors page at https://www.barriecommunityfoundation.org/about-bcf/board-of-directors/.
What is the Barrie Community Foundation?
The Barrie Community Foundation is a locally–run public foundation that builds and manages endowment funds to support charitable activities in the area. The funds that are raised in the community stay in the community.
The Barrie Community Foundation pools the charitable gifts of many donors to create permanent, income–earning endowment funds – a nest egg that will always be there to benefit the communities. A donation, large or small, will make a difference, now and forever.
The Barrie Community Foundation uses the income earned by invested funds to give grants to a wide range of community groups; the original investment is left to grow over time. Only the earnings are used for particular charitable programs that the donor is interested in supporting i.e. seniors, youth, low-income, recreation, health, environment, art, and music. Donors can choose to support their hometown broadly or designate a favourite cause.
About Community Foundations
The Community Foundations of Canada is an association of the 191 community foundations scattered across our magnificent country.
They have a few words to say about communities.
Inclusive. Forward-looking. Fair. Creative. Safe. Green. Fun.
There’s no end of words to describe what we want our communities and country to be.
But there’s one word that sums it all up.
The vitality of our communities, or community vitality, is something community foundations care about a great deal.
Community vitality is the unique spirit that flourishes when people believe their community holds possibilities for everyone.
Vitality can be measured by how well people’s needs are being met: from our most basic needs—sustenance, shelter, health care, safety—to those that give quality to life, such as places and opportunities to play, learn and create.
Our Vision for Communities
All signs point to stronger communities. To us, the best sign for Canada’s communities—our vision for them—is that they are strong and getting stronger. What would this mean?
A vital community is one that:
- Includes and offers opportunities to everyone
- Has the knowledge and ability needed to help shape its own future for generations to come
- Can meet its most important needs, challenges and opportunities, today and in the future
- Is filled with people who are interested and engaged in finding ways to make their community a more vital place to live, work and play
In our vision, our communities are ready to address pressing problems like poverty, unemployment, hunger and housing. And all citizens are able to benefit from the best a community can offer: the arts, recreation, health care, education, safe and inclusive neighbourhoods and a healthy environment.
Your local community foundation is the Barrie Community Foundation.
We are vital. We believe that the people of Barrie fulfill all of the attributes of a “vital community.”
Surprised that there are 191 community foundations across Canada? Don’t be, because the list is growing. From big cities to very small towns and villages, community foundations fulfill an important place in the charitable giving web.
A Charity for Charities…. Building an enduring legacy of positive change
The Barrie Community Foundation exists to support other charities whose work helps make Barrie a better place to live … it is a charity for charities. The Foundation funds initiatives from a broad spectrum of interests including arts and culture, education, recreation, social services and the environment.
Barrie and area
To help create a better community for us all
Today ─ Tomorrow ─ Forever.
To enhance the quality of our lives by enabling all of us, individual and corporate citizens, to give back to our community by building permanent legacies
To generate in excess of four million in endowments over time that will enable us to make grants of more than $200,000 per year.
- Provide a vehicle for donors to make and direct their charitable donations in perpetuity
- Match donors’ charitable interests with the needs of the community
- Provide donors with a flexible range of giving and disbursement options
- Build and manage permanent capital funds
- Use the earnings of the capital funds to support a wide range of community needs.
What We Do
- We provide a means of keeping charitable donations within the community
- We are not in competition with other charitable organizations; we support them
- We create an endowment fund from which only the earnings are disbursed every year
- The endowments we manage for donors allow them to provide gifts forever.
Choice of Endowment Funds
Donors may create or contribute to any of the following funds.
General Community Fund
A donation to this fund gives the Foundation the greatest flexibility. The earnings on this fund enable our Board of Directors to respond to current community needs through the awarding of grants to charities throughout Barrie.
Field of Interest Fund
Donors identify an area of interest that they would like their donation to support. Examples include the arts, environment, health, seniors, children, recreation, relief of poverty, or education.
This type of fund gives the donor the opportunity to specify, at the time the fund is established, which particular charity or charities they would like to support in perpetuity.
The donor, donor’s family, or designates recommend annually to the Board of Directors which Barrie charitable organizations should receive the income.
A donor may choose to provide direct support. The administrative fund is used to offset operating costs.
For further information, please contact us