On May 22, 2019 at Gordie Howe Sports Complex, Saskatoon Community Foundation hosted “Many Voices Together,” a celebration of its 2019 grants from the three community funds granting programs.
Youth Endowment Saskatoon (YES) has been granting to support youth projects since 2004, and has granted over $545,000 in total since it began. In 2019, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) found a new home at E.D. Feehan High School, thanks to a partnership of the Foundation, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and Saskatoon Public Schools. Youth from many schools participate in the Council. As well, new resources were added to the youth portfolio in 2019, including funds that grant province wide. In 2019, the YAC chose to focus grants on healthy living, with grants to address social inequalities, mental and physical health, and social well-being. (List of grants below.)
Quality of Life Grants (GiveYXE Fund) is the Saskatoon Community Foundation’s core grants program, which includes donor funds which grant to various fields of interest, as well as the many funds donors for which donors have given the Foundation discretion to respond to the emerging needs of the community. In 2019, the Saskatoon Community Foundation’s Board of Directors chose to strategically focus on supporting belonging through projects that addressed reconciliation and social inclusion. (List of grants below.)
According to SCF Executive Director Carm Michalenko, “The Quality of Life Grants Program has always served a broad range of needs in the community. Our donors have trusted the Foundation to understand and address those issues which can shape the future of the community. Both data and our stakeholders tell us that our best opportunity to ignite change comes when we focus on belonging, diversity and inclusion.”
Community Fund for Reconciliation was created in 2017, the fund made its second round of grants in 2019. The Foundation worked with cultural advisors to define the criteria for the granting programThe projects chosen involve partnerships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, promote Indigenous leadership in the community, and, of course, address one or more of the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report. (List of grants below.)
Regarding the history of residential schools in Canada, Grants Committee Chair Curtis Kimpton notes, “We cannot go back and rewrite this chapter of Canadian history, but to all the survivors who may hear about our work, I would say this: thank you for your courage, honesty and resilience in both surviving and sharing your stories. We now have the opportunity to find new ways of living together, to support the building of an inclusive and compassionate community, and to ensure that the mistakes of the past do not determine Saskatoon’s future.”
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