Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia

Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCF) is an emerging charitable foundation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from across the province. Take a look at what's happening and how we're making an impact in rural communities.
Welcome

2020, the 20th anniversary year of the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia has been a year where RCFofNS has had to deal with many situations, but in the end, we’ve had a very productive year.

Again, funding was available for programs from the Community Foundations of Canada with the Emergency Community Support Fund, and the granting committee chaired by director Sherry MacLeod made $796,980 in 2 rounds available to 56 organizations in rural Nova Scotia through the application process. The Fund for Gender Equality Grants program contributed $33,000 to two organizations. The Fund Development and Communications Committee chaired by director Maureen Coady did a comprehensive review of Fund Development and Communications to give direction of future funding and resources for funding from CFC, private donors, land sales and future development of the website.

The Community Sparks program for youth and climate change was initiated in 2019 by a private donor, Susan Hirshberg and family, with $13,605 dispensed to seven youth groups in 2019. Susan continues to work hard on this program and has been soliciting funds to offer another granting program in 2021. The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge Program was put on hold, and the Vital Conversations from the six communities who participated were held in March 2021.

Many programs changed direction and completion dates because of COVID.

Thanks to director Eirinn Fraser who developed a new RCFofNS logo as well as a COVID related Art Contest for youth. The online gallery is on the RCFofNS website. I have previously never worked with an organization where directors stepped forward to be on a committee to deal with RCFofNS issues. Their enthusiasm is contagious! Thanks to all the directors for your concern and attention to RCFofNS issues. We were pleased to welcome new directors: Ella Lentz, Mark Embrett, Penny Day and Eirinn Fraser.

Thank you to Jayne Hunter from Literacy Nova Scotia who acts as our CEO and gives direction to inquiries and programs, and to Heather Lauther and Elaine Frampton who assist in the operations of RCFofNS. We look forward to 2021 as another productive year as RCFofNS carries out its mission statement to build on the strength of Nova Scotia’s rural communities by stimulating and establishing philanthropic giving to develop a permanent endowment and grant funds.

Jean Ward
Past Chair, Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia

Three Pillars

Granting

Fund Development

Convening

Our Team

Sherry MacLeod
Sherry MacLeod
Foundation Chair
Richmond County
Jean Ward
Jean Ward
Past Chair
Annapolis County
Kathy Gamache
Kathy Gamache
Secretary
Hubbards
Marta Anderson
Marta Anderson
Treasurer
Guysborough County
Maureen Coady
Maureen Coady
Director
Antigonish County
Chris Googoo
Chris Googoo
Director
Millbrook
BEN HAIGHWAY
BEN HAIGHWAY
Director
Cape Breton County
Mark Embrett
Mark Embrett
Director
Antigonish County
Ella Lentz
Ella Lentz
Director
Hants County
Penny Day
Penny Day
Director
Halifax County
Heather Beaton
Heather Beaton
Director
Stellarton, Pictou County
Jayne Hunter
Jayne Hunter
Resource to the Board
Tatamagouche, Colchester County

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