Collaboration Project To Strengthen Wood Buffalo Social Profits

Three social profit agencies today announced a collaboration project to help strengthen the Social Profit Sector of Wood Buffalo by working together to coordinate efforts within the region.

The Boards of the United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo, FuseSocial, and the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation have empowered a steering committee to explore ways to create a shared vision of the desired future for the social profit sector, as well as a plan of funded activities to achieve that vision over a three- to five-year period. The committee is also expected to define the roles of each organization within the plan.

The membership of the steering committee will be:

United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo – Steve Yatauro, Board Chair and Cecilia Mutch, Executive Director

FuseSocial – John Evans, Board Chair and Chantal Beaver, Executive Director

Wood Buffalo Community Foundation – Shelley Powell, Board Chair and Tony Mankowski, Board Member

As time progresses, the inclusion of other organizations will be imperative to the success of this project and their participation will be sought in this collaborative effort.

The initial proposed steps of the committee include a consultation process for input, developing a strategy focused on overall impact, and aligning roles and responsibilities for each recommended project in order to minimize duplication and maximize collaboration.

QUOTES

“Wood Buffalo is a great community and we want the social profit sector to continue to thrive. This collaboration is a good starting point to creating a plan that will strengthen the sector and have many positive outcomes for our community.”

- John Evans, Board Chair, FuseSocial

“The timing is right for collaboration and it is our intent to lead by example. There is an opportunity today to move forward in a way that is unified and to develop our sector in a planned, coordinated approach for the future.”

- Steve Yatauro, Board Chair, United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo

“Working together will only make us better. If our sector has learned anything from the fires it is that collaborative efforts can and do make a difference in the lives of the people we are trying to reach. We are excited to be a part of this initiative.”

- Shelley Powell, Board Chair, Wood Buffalo Community Foundation

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo website: fmwbunitedway.com

FuseSocial website: fusesocial.ca

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Media contacts:

Cecilia Mutch
United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo
cmutch@fmwbunitedway.com
780 791-0077 ext 3016

Chantal Beaver
FuseSocial
chantal.beaver@fusesocial.ca
780 791 9333 ext 3070

Shelley Powell
Wood Buffalo Community Foundation
media.wbcf@gmail.com
(780) 792-9114

Wood Buffalo Community Foundation Announces First Call for Grant Applications

(Fort McMurray, AB – July 8, 2018) The Wood Buffalo Community Foundation (WBCF) has up to $250,000 in grant money available for regional charities.

“We’re very excited to be at this point, after a year of building our board and seeking donors for our endowed funds,” said WBCF chair Shelley Powell. “We’ve spent time understanding the community’s needs and put some real thought into how we grant money, and for what purpose.”

For this grant cycle, WBCF is calling for applications from community services that focus on: support to families and individuals; accessibility to appropriate mental wellness supports for youth and young adults; increasing access to parenting programs and supports particularly in rural areas; support for persons experiencing abuse and family violence including abuse against seniors; family counselling for divorce and separation; as well as health services that focus on addictions and mental health.

The deadline for grant applications is September 4th, 2018. Details on the application process can be found on wbcfoundation.ca/community-grant

Powell says the grants committee aims to shortlist the applications by October 31st, and to make final decisions by December.

The WBCF is a registered Canadian charity. Our mission is to enhance quality of life in our region by supporting community members and organizations in building long term, mutually beneficial relationships between donors and grantees. We provide grants to improve and enhance the stability and sustainability of the community.

For more information go to www.wbcfoundation.ca.

Wood Buffalo Community Foundation holds first Annual Meeting, celebrates accomplishments

(Fort McMurray, AB — June 21, 2018) Wood Buffalo Community Foundation (WBCF) held its first AGM at the Redpoll Centre on June 21, 2018. The Board elected two new directors, confirmed terms for eight current directors, received audited financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2017 and appointed its public accountant for the financial period ending December 31, 2018. The audited financial statements can be found here.

Accomplishments outlined at the AGM included:

  • Raising approximately $2.4 M to date, including matching funds from the Suncor Energy Foundation.

  • Recruiting a 10-member board, including new community members Anna Seinen and Sangram Hansra.

  • Approving a Grants application and approval process, allowing the Foundation to proceed with its first call for community grant applications.

“A year ago, we were five or six people with a passion to make this Foundation a success,” said Founding Chair Maureen Cormier Jackson in her remarks to the Board. “Now we’re a 10-member Board with great people, a commitment to grow, committees in place, over $2 million raised, and a grants process about to get kicked off. “

Board chair Shelley Powell talked about the work ahead.  

“In a few years, it’s likely that we will be a major funder in this region. We need to think carefully about how we use our assets -- not just our dollars, but our collective community knowledge, our desire to collaborate, and our leadership skills -- to support our mission and vision. Being partners in community success is critical to community vitality and resiliency.”

The board of directors now includes:

  • Shelley Powell – Chair

  • Maureen Cormier Jackson – Founding Chair

  • Anthony Mankowski

  • Brenda Erskine  

  • Mark Shaw

  • Jeanette Bancarz - Treasurer

  • Thomas Lawley - Secretary

  • Glen Finnson

  • Anna Seinen

  • Sangram Hansra

The WBCF is a registered Canadian charity. Our mission is to enhance quality of life in our
region by supporting community members and organizations in building long term, mutually
beneficial relationships between donors and grantees. We provide grants to improve and
enhance the stability and sustainability of the community.

For more information, go to wbcfoundation.ca.

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Contact:
media.wbcf@gmail.com

Notice of Annual General Meeting of the Members

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation ("the WBCF") is called for and will be held at the large conference room of The Redpoll Centre (Shell Place, 1 C.A. Knight Way, Fort McMurray, AB) on the 21st day of June, at the hour of 9 a.m. (MT) for the following purposes:

1. To receive the WBCF’s financial statements for the financial year ended December 31, 2017.

2. To elect additional Directors of the Board.

3. To appoint the Auditors of the Corporation for the ensuing year.

4. To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting. 

If you plan to attend the meeting as an observer, please RSVP to sandy.carkener@gmail.com by Monday, June 18 with your name and, if relevant, the member organization you will be representing. 

The AGM agenda and the WBCF’s 2017 financial statements can be viewed at wbcfoundation.ca

Wood Buffalo Community Foundation encourages region to join the Founders' Circle

(Fort McMurray, AB – March 5, 2018) There’s still time to become a Founder of the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation (WBCF). Donations made to the WBCF by June 2018 will give donors the opportunity to count themselves in the Foundation’s Founders’ Circle.

“Everyone who makes a donation in our first year of operation will be recognized as a Founder of the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation,” said WBCF chair Shelley Powell. “No donation will be considered too small to join the Founders’ Circle.”

“Your donation will also ensure the WBCF benefits from the Suncor Energy Foundation’s commitment to match $500,000 per year for the next four years,” said Powell.

The WBCF is a registered Canadian charity. Our mission is to enhance quality of life in our region by supporting community members and organizations in building long term, mutually beneficial relationships between donors and grantees. We provide grants to improve and enhance the stability and sustainability of the community.

For more information, go to wbcfoundation.ca.

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Contact:
media.wbcf@gmail.com

Wood Buffalo Community Foundation Elects New Chair

(Fort McMurray, AB – January 23, 2018) The Wood Buffalo Community Foundation  (WBCF) is pleased to announce Shelley Powell as incoming chair for 2018.

“Shelley brings new energy and leadership experience to take our Board into the next stage of development,” said WBCF’s outgoing chair Maureen Cormier Jackson. “Most of the foundational pieces are in place, but we still have a lot of work to do. I know the WBCF will be in excellent hands.”

Powell recently returned to Fort McMurray as Suncor Energy’s Senior Vice President, Oil Sands Operations, after a seven-year absence. “My family and I are excited to be back,” said Powell. “This is such a hardworking and generous community and I am confident the Community Foundation will only add to the long term success of the entire region.”

Cormier Jackson will remain as past and founding chair of the WBCF.  

“On behalf of the Board and the community, I’d like to thank Maureen for all the work she has done to establish a community foundation for Wood Buffalo,” said Powell. “Because of her dedication and persistence, we are already well ahead of many older community foundations in Canada.”

The Board would also like to thank founding member and director Linda Ball, who is stepping down after more than a year of volunteer service to the WBCF.

The WBCF is a registered Canadian charity. Our mission is to enhance quality of life in our region by supporting community members and organizations in building long term, mutually beneficial relationships between donors and grantees. We provide grants to improve and enhance the stability and sustainability of the community.

For more information go to www.wbcfoundation.ca/board-of-directors.

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Suncor Energy Foundation donates $1 million in addition to commitment to match $500,000 in donations annually for four years

The Wood Buffalo Community Foundation (WBCF) would like to thank Suncor Energy Foundation for its incredible donation of $1 million dollars in addition to its commitment to matching $500,000 in donations annually for four years. 

“We’re thrilled the Suncor Energy Foundation is one of our first founding partners. This generous gift puts us well on the path to achieving our $10 million fundraising target,” said Maureen Cormier Jackson, WBCF Chair. “Everyone in this region will benefit from this donation for generations to come. Unlike other charities in the region, we invest the donations we receive and provide grants to eligible community organizations using the interest earned from those investments. We call it ‘investing today for a stronger tomorrow’.”

Find more information about the donation at Suncor.com.

Without the support of Suncor and Suncor Energy Foundation, the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation would not have been able to launch in June. 

Thanks to this donation and commitment to matching funds, the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation is well on its way to reaching its $10 million fundraising goal. 

You can help us reach that goal by making a donation that will have double the impact thanks to Suncor's matching dollars. 

If you donate in the first operating year of the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation, you will become a member of the Founders' Circle. Learn more about why to donate here.

Canada Day - The Multicultural Way

On July 1st, over 3800 community members joined the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo (MCA) to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The morning kicked off with over 1500 people enjoying a pancake breakfast served by the Fort McMurray Giants baseball team. The event started with Oh Canada sung by local community members in Cree, French, and English. Families enjoyed cultural music, Canada themed face painting and arts and crafts. We had incredible support from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the MLA's office, the Fort McMurray and 91.1 The Bridge.

Following the breakfast, the community gathered along Franklin Ave to watch the Canada Day parade. The MCA showed of its Canada Day spirit with a Multicultural float. Countries from around the world were represented displaying diversity of Canada and Fort McMurray.

After the parade, in collaboration with Fort McMurray Heritage Society and 91.1 The Bridge, the Canada 150 Multicultural Summer Festival was held at Heritage Village. There were 2250 attendees who enjoyed food and entertainment throughout the day. Cultural vendors representing 6 different countries sold ethnic foods and community members marched in a parade of nations with their country flag. Additionally, local talent was highlighted with 12 different performers from various cultures.

It was a fun filled day with food, culture, dance, and activities for the whole family to enjoy. A great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. This initiative is made possible by The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th anniversary, a collaboration between The Wood Buffalo Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast, Alberta Culture and Tourism, Suncor, and CNOOC Nexen. We would also like to thank our dedicated volunteers who contributed a cumulative 432 hours over the course of the day.

See original article here

Wood Buffalo Community Foundation awards inaugural grants

(Fort McMurray, AB – June 14, 2017) The Wood Buffalo Community Foundation has awarded its inaugural grants to four local community organizations as part of the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada, along with support from the Government of Canada.

In total, more than $49,000 has been granted in the Wood Buffalo region to support community organizations leading celebrations of the anniversary of Confederation and of Canadian history.

“We are thrilled to be able to present these inaugural grants for the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation to deserving community organizations working hard to support residents in our community,” said Maureen Cormier Jackson, Board Chair. “These grants are the first of many to come once fundraising begins in earnest.”

The Wood Buffalo Community Foundation will enhance the quality of life in the region by supporting community members and organizations in building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between donors and grantees. The foundation provides grants to improve the stability and sustainability of the community.

There are 191 community foundations across Canada investing in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play.

The Grants

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo was awarded $15,000 to support the Canada 150 Multicultural Summer Festival at Heritage Village, which includes a parade, multicultural food vendors, cultural performances and the Canada 150 Community Play Project.

The Fort McMurray Heritage Society received two grants. The first, for $9,273 supports expanding Heritage Society Aboriginal Programming. The second, for $4,206, will support the Heritage Village Grand Re-Opening Event, which will coincide with the July 1 celebration of Canada 150.

The Wood Buffalo Regional Library was granted $9,000 to support ‘WBRL Celebrates Canada 150’, a community event consisting of games, crafts and literacy activities with a Canada 150 theme.

The Rehoboth Alliance received a $12,000 grant to support the development and hosting of a Youth Symposium.

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Contact:
Sarah Anderson
780-838-1601
media.wbcf@gmail.com