A Note to our Supporters
Reflections on 2020
What a year; a long year, a hard year, a year of growth.
I wanted to share some personal reflections on what this year has held for the North Bay and Area Community Foundation, what I’ve felt from and for our area, as well as what this year means moving forward. What I’ve truly missed most about this year is sitting down, face-to-face, with our supporters and fundholders, visiting the charities and organizations we’ve funded to see our collective work in action and the opportunity to get to know you better, gain a better understanding of your philanthropic goals, have our honest conversations about this community, and of course, wrap up with a hug!
I know that this year has been trying for you. It has been hard on our community and it has created overwhelming burnout in the charitable sector.
The need for sustainable funding has never been made so clear. Knowing that our fundholders and donors laid the foundation for us to stand on and speak up for our community this year fills me with gratitude. Time and time again, I come back to the following quote:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” ― Fred Rogers
This year, it wasn’t hard to see the helpers. If you are receiving this letter, you are one.
The hard truth is that this year I’ve taken calls from charities worried about closure and not being able to serve their clients, I’ve held group calls with those working in our local nonprofits and witnessed the burnout firsthand and know that the road ahead is a long one.
The light is this – the people working in these organizations who are tired, overworked and worried about their own futures show up. They show up for the people they serve and for our community. They keep pushing forward. Their light, and yours, has kept this area out of darkness.
The annual grants provided by our funds, which you support, have given our charities cause to breathe easier. This year we provided nearly $250,000 in COVID Relief Grants, close to $60,000 in community grants and more. The North Bay and Area Community Foundation has now provided more than $1.6 Million in grants, most of which has been distributed over the past 5 years.
This year the Foundation has built relationships with other funders across Northern Ontario and continues to work towards solutions that are built on strategy with sustainability in mind. We have strengthened our relationship with Community Foundations of Canada and know they will continue to push for funding to be distributed locally, across the country.
While we’ve been separated by space, in many ways, this year has brought us closer together. The Foundation will continue to work to sustain area charities.
I am hopeful for our community. I thank you for your support and look forward to continue working together to achieve your philanthropic goals.
With Immense Gratitude,
Kate Merritt-Dupelle, Executive Director