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Richmond Community Foundation stepping up for charities

By Don Fennell

Published 10:38 PDT, Tue May 19, 2020

Last Updated: 10:56 PDT, Tue May 19, 2020

In the midst of crisis, the Richmond Community Foundation is stepping forward to lend a hand.

Created in 1990, the foundation has always been dedicated to helping the community be the best it can be. And now, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is providing $363,000 to support local charities as part of the federal government’s new Emergency Community Support Fund.

In partnership with Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, the aim is to make sure no one is forgotten.

“In these uniquely challenging times, local charitable organizations have stepped up like never before,” says Ed Gavsie, executive director of the Richmond foundation. “Through this historic initiative, the foundation will support their inspiring work, helping to ensure that Richmond’s most vulnerable residents remain safe and healthy.”

The Emergency Community Support Fund was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau April 21, as part of a broad series of emergency response measures introduced by the Government of Canada.

“Canadian charities and not-for-profits are always there to help you, in your time of need,” says Families, Children and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen. “But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations.”

The foundation is accepting applications for funding from qualified donors. Grants can be used for such purposes as staffing, resource needs, or purchasing equipment.

“Across Richmond, charitable organizations are expanding existing services or developing new ones to meet the needs of children, seniors, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups,” says Richmond Community Foundation chair Dave Frank. “We’re committed to supporting these local response efforts so that together, as a community, we can overcome COVID-19.”

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