“GREAT NEWS! We are OFFICIAL!!” was the jubilant message from Gord Gallaugher, Chair of the Dufferin Community Foundation, to his Board in early December. Just in time for year end and holiday giving, the Canada Revenue Agency announced that the new Dufferin Community Foundation meets the requirements for tax-exempt status as a registered charity under the Income Tax Act.
This milestone means that the Foundation can issue its own tax receipts to donors who want to help build endowment funds and meet modest operating expenses. These donations create a sustainable way to support vital charitable work throughout Dufferin for generations to come.
With volunteer energy, momentum toward this event has built steadily throughout 2018. Under the auspices of Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA) and with expertise from the Orangeville office of Carters Professional Corporation, specialists in charity law, the Foundation held its first Board of Directors meeting in April; opened its first mini-grant competition in July; held a highly successful launch at the Adamo Estate Winery in September; and began showcasing local charities on its website in October.
Now, the Foundation is poised to accept gifts of any size from individuals, families and corporations. The website highlights “10 Ways to Give” and the CanadaHelps.org button makes on-line contribution easy.
The next steps are the first year-end report, a 2019 fund-building campaign, and an active search for volunteers to serve on the Finance and Outreach Committees.
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