To Create a Better Community…
If you would like to “give back” to the community of Lac du Bonnet financially, the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation can be your best vehicle to do so. We are a group of volunteers who operate a charitable organization which raises money to fund worthy projects to make Lac du Bonnet a more livable community.
The Foundation is a member of the national association of community foundations, the Community Foundations of Canada. The Foundation’s directors do not receive any compensation.
The Foundation’s money is carefully managed for us by The Winnipeg Foundation (TWF), the oldest and one of the largest community foundations in Canada. TWF provides us with professional investment management at very attractive rates. We use only a portion of the interest earned on those investments to make grants to organizations and projects in our community. The capital amount you donate will not be spent, so you can rest assured that your gift will keep on giving forever.
If you are interested in becoming a donor, use the links below or if you have any questions please contact us.
This may anwser some of the common questions asked by donors. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require more information.
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How much should I give?
We accept and appreciate gifts of any size. Because your gift is pooled together with the gifts of many other donors, the total funds grow quickly over time and can be invested in sound financial ways to ensure that your gift, no matter how big or small, will give back forever.
Will I receive a charitable tax credit for my donation?
We are a registered charity and we will provide you with a charitable donation receipt for any donation of $20 or more.
Can I direct my donation to a specific Foundation fund?
You can certainly do so or you can simply donate to the general Managed Fund, which will benefit a variety of projects in the community. If you wish to donate to a specified fund, we would be happy to discuss that option with you. Either way, rest assured that our interests are that the money is invested responsibly and that the earnings from the investment reach a worthy project or cause in our community.
Do I need to give my entire gift at one time?
It is completely up to you! You can grant the Foundation a one-time gift or give annually. Our annual 24 Hour Giving Challenge is an excellent time for an annual gift because it can trigger some matching dollars from Endow Manitoba. You can even give monthly, and for those still in the work force, some employers will add to your monthly donation.
I want to make sure that my money is used well.
We work very hard to make sure that projects we support will benefit the residents of the area and to ensure that there is full accounting for the grant monies we award.
How will my money be used? (Who can get a grant from the Foundation?)
Recipients of grants must be qualified donees as defined by the income tax act. Applications are only accepted from qualified donees or organizations holding a Charitable Registration Number from Canada Revenue Agency. These can include volunteer boards which operate local assets such as the youth center, local schools, and local service groups.
In the case of our bursaries/scholarships, the recipients will be individuals graduating from the Lac du Bonnet Senior School who will be attending qualified educational institutions.
How can I honour a family member or friend who has passed away?
Many times, families want to honour a loved one but are unsure how best to do so. Donations can be made to the Foundation in their honour and we will make sure that they are used in a way that honours your loved one. The Foundation will send thank you letters to all donors and we will advise the family of the donors’ names.
Can I create my own fund?
Yes, you can. If you wish to establish a named fund to support a specific area of interest (i.e. education, sports, seniors, etc.), this can be achieved by making a minimum donation of $5,000. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this option.
Can I leave a gift to the Foundation in my will?
What a great idea! If you want to give to your community in your will, we can be the vehicle to get that done. We suggest that you seek the help an accountant, estate planner or your lawyer. We are available to consult with you and your professional and to provide any additional information you may need.