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Muskoka Community Foundation

440 Ecclestone Drive
Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1Z6
Canada

Mission

To champion the power of giving and its enduring impact, and connect philanthropy to community needs and opportunities in Muskoka

Most Meaningful Change

In November 2012 we created the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund, which responds to emergent community needs. One year later, through donations, good stewardship and a wise investment strategy, the fund had doubled in value, and we were able to make our first grants to three charities to provide funding for initiatives that address poverty in Muskoka.

2007 Year Founded
$350,000 Endowment Value
$30,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

140,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationMuskoka Community Foundation
Address 1440 Ecclestone Drive
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownBracebridge
State / RegionOntario
ZIP / Postal CodeP1L 1Z6
CountryCanada
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone705.646.1220
Emailmargaret@muskokacommunityfoundation.ca
Websitewww.muskokacommunityfoundation.ca
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Margaret Urquhart, Program Director
Primary Contact’s NameMargaret Urquhart
Primary Contact’s PositionProgram Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2007
Mission StatementTo champion the power of giving and its enduring impact, and connect philanthropy to community needs and opportunities in Muskoka
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced140,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)1
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members6
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$60,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$27,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$30,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$350,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed an important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a centrally important role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed an important role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a centrally important role
Government initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed an important role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodLots of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationCentrally important
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLittle
EducationLot
EnvironmentFair amount
HealthLot
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLot
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentFair amount
HousingLot
ChildrenLot
WaterFair amount
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesOccasionally
Promote understanding of public policyOften
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyOften
Loaned staffOccasionally
ResearchOccasionally
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsRarely
Providing space for local organizationsRarely
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting better
CrimeDid not answer
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting better
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting better
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting much better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting much better
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting much better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting much better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertySome important achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesSome important achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsSome important achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesSome important achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equitySome important achievements
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsNot at all
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLittle
Local governmentLittle
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesNot at all
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersN/A
Regional association of grantmakersVery helpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doNo
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesNeither important nor unimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsIn November 2012 we created the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund, which responds to emergent community needs. One year later, through donations, good stewardship and a wise investment strategy, the fund had doubled in value, and we were able to make our first grants to three charities to provide funding for initiatives that address poverty in Muskoka.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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