Stephen and Michelene Worobetz were dedicated to initiating and supporting efforts that improved the circumstances for individuals, institutions and community.
Their social conscience prompted them to devote their lives and their resources to this cause and created the Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation.
The Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation is a private foundation with administrative support and guidance from the Saskatoon Community Foundation, a public foundation.
Do you share the vision of Stephen and Michelene?
If you share the vision of Stephen and Michelene Worobetz and would like to donate to the Worobetz Foundation, please contact the Saskatoon Community Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Carm Michalenko at (306) 665-1768.
Income earned from the Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation is granted by the Trustees, according to following preferences and process.
Granting follows these preferences:
(a) to support and assist registered charitable organizations, institutions and persons through qualified donees in the areas of :
- religion, especially Ukrainian Catholic based charities;
- health, especially charities that are involved with research, teaching and spiritual health care;
- education, especially projects that disseminate information regarding Catholic and Ukrainian Culture, with a portion of the granting possibly being used to support student awards; and
- culture, especially projects that involve the Ukrainian culture, including research with the objective of increasing awareness of and appreciation for the Ukrainian culture.
(b) to assist persons with special needs, especially children and youth and also seniors that are disadvantaged by way of ethnicity, health and poverty through qualified donees.
(c) to promote and encourage persons to be engaged in and to provide voluntary service in the areas of religion, health, education and culture, as defined above through qualified donees.
Application Intake Deadlines: March 1st at 5:00 p.m. and October 1st at 5:00 p.m. each year.
It is the intent of the Trustees that the majority, if not all, the annual granting be accomplished through the process of applications from charities. However in any year the Trustees may decide to provide grants on a pro-active basis where the Trustees identify projects to support.
The granting process will be as follows:
(a) Charities requesting funds must apply online via this website. The annual applications must be received by the the Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation before the annual deadline March 1st of each year.
(b) Applications will be reviewed by the Granting Committee of Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation. This review may include a site visit to the applicant’s charity, interviews with the applicants, or the request for additional information regarding the grant request.
(c) The Grants Committee will adjudicate the grant applications, and make recommendations to the Trustees for their approval.
(d) The SCF Grants Manager will contact all applicants to advise them of the decision of the Trustees. It is expected that all the applicants will be notified before June 15th of each year.
(e) In accepting funds from the Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation, the charity agrees to abide by any conditions and expectations set by the Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation as detailed in communications accompanying the cheque. Failure to abide by any such conditions may result in the funds being called back and may affect future funding requests.
(f) A follow up report from the charity is expected within nine months of the date the grant is issued to the charity. Additional reports may be required as determined by the Trustees. All such reports will be completed in the online system. Paper reports will not be accepted.
How To Apply
1. Grants are made to “qualified donees” as defined by the Income Tax Act (registered charities), rather than to individuals. The Foundation must receive a non-charitable receipt.
2. Grants are not normally made to support projects which are normally financed by public tax funds.
3. Priority will be given to both short term innovative projects and important charitable causes.
4. Requests are not normally considered on a continuing or ongoing basis.
5. Contributions, unless in special circumstances, will not normally be made to organizations engaged in multiple activities which might redistribute foundation grants to organizations of their choosing.
6. Grants are not normally made for endowments, contingencies, reserves, or deficit financing.
7. Priorities of the Foundation are:
(a) to support and assist charitable and non-profit organizations and institutions and persons in the areas of religion, health, education and culture through qualified donees;
(b) to assist persons with special needs through qualified donees;
(c) to promote and encourage persons to be engaged in and to provide voluntary service in the areas of religion, health, education and culture through qualified donees.
8. A report on how a grant has been expended is required. Any unused portion of the grant must be returned to the Foundation.
Public Recognition of SMWF Grants
The Stephen and Michelene Worobetz Foundation requests public recognition from all grant recipients. Wherever possible, please include the logo in recognition materials.