KidStart Grant Applications are Now Open

Attention Teachers, Principals, and other Elementary School Administration: the WECF is currently accepting applications for the KidStart Grant Program from now until January 18th! Individual classrooms from JK to Grade 8 can apply for up to $500 in funding for projects. Contact ksolcz@wecf.ca to receive an application. Visit www.wecf.ca for more information on this and other programs offered at the WECF ‪#‎inspiringphilanthropy‬

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The WindsorEssex Community Foundation needs your photos!

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Submit your photos of Windsor and Essex County for a chance to be published in this year’s Vital Signs report on October 6th in the Windsor Star. Details can be found on the Foundation’s website http:/ / http://www.wecf.ca/ Please submit your photos to info@wecf.ca

Submit your photos of Windsor and Essex County for an opportunity to appear in the 2015 Vital Signs® report!

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Submit your photos of Windsor and Essex County for an opportunity to appear in the 2015 Vital Signs® report!

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Guidelines to submit:

  • Photos must be taken in the Windsor-Essex region
  • The photos must correspond to at least one of the quality of life issue areas outlined in the 2015 Vital Signs® report (listed below)
  • You may submit up to five photos per person
  • Email your photos to info@wecf.ca with the subject line “Vital Signs Photo Submission.” Please include your full name, where you live in Windsor-Essex  when each photo was taken, where  each photo was taken, and then tell us which quality of life issue area each photo corresponds to

Vital Signs® 2015 Quality of Life Issue Areas:

Environment
Safety
Getting Around
Health, Wellness & Activity
Learning
Housing
Arts & Culture
Belonging & Leadership
Work
Getting Started
Food Security

Pictures will be selected based on their originality, quality, and relevancy to the quality of life issue areas. Those that are chosen will appear in the 2015 Vital Signs® report published by the Windsor Star on October 6, 2015.

*** By submitting your photos to the Foundation, you are consenting to the Foundation using your photos in the 2015 Vital Signs® report. The Foundation will not use your photos for any other purposes. You will be contacted by the Foundation if your photos have been chosen ***

WindsorEssex Community Foundation Launches 2015 Vital Signs® Survey!

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Today we launched the 2015 Vital Signs® Survey. We are asking you to take the survey and let your voice be heard.The purpose of the Vital Signs® Survey is to collect data of Windsor-Essex residents’ views of local issues affecting their community. The results from this survey are combined with local and national data to provide residents with an all-encompassing “community check-up” on important issue areas affecting their community. The results from this survey will be used to construct the Vital Signs® Report, which will be released on October 6, 2015, highlighting local trends, with the intent to engage our community in the on-going dialogue about who we are, what we do, why we do it, and where it can lead. The Vital Signs® Report is the voice of the Windsor-Essex Community. Inspiring Philanthropy to Benefit our Community Today and Forever.

For completing the 2015 Vital Signs® Survey, you will have a chance to win a cash prize of 100 dollars. In order to be entered for a chance to win, you must first complete the survey, and then at the end of the survey you will be asked to provide your first name, e-mail address, and phone number.

Please visit www.wecf.ca to take the survey. Paper copies are also available by contacting the Foundation office 519-255-6572

WECF Launches Youth Committee

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation is excited to launch its very own Youth Committee! The Foundation is looking for young leaders in the Windsor-Essex community between the ages of 12 to 18 to invest in their community. For an application please visit http://www.wecf.ca, or call 519-255-6572

For over 30 years the Community Foundation has been managing legacy funds, making grants to support local charities, and bringing community partners together.
“Inspiring philanthropy to benefit our community today and forever” #Inspiringphilanthropy

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New Club Inspires Philanthropy

New Club Inspires Philanthropy

Written by Craig Pearson (The Windsor Star)

New club aims to have 100 people donate total of $2.5 million

It’s an exclusive club with a twist — not about networking but giving. The newly launched Inspiration 100 seeks to assemble a group of philanthropists who commit to giving $25,000 over 10 years for a total of $2.5 million.The brainchild of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation, the Inspiration 100 will help the community many ways — in perpetuity. The $2.5 million will help boost the Community Foundation’s endowment fund, which already stands at more than $12 million and provides grants every year to a wide range of local charitable efforts. “The benefit of this will be huge,” said Marty Solcz, past chair of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation who came up with the idea. “There are infinite possibilities.”

The Inspiration 100 concept is simple: members agree to donate $2,500 a year for 10 years, or $20,000 up front. The group then meets every year to decide how to give out the money. The capital will remain in the endowment but the interest on investments — Solcz said the Community Foundation averages about six per cent growth a year — is available to boost local charities. Solcz hopes to franchise the concept to other community foundations — 195-strong across Canada — which would share the fun and even bring in a little more locally. Solcz’s goal for Inspiration 100 stretches further than just raising money in a unique way. He hopes to increase awareness about the WindsorEssex Community Foundation, which has a strange problem for something that has been doling out cash for three decades: it’s not that well-known. “Most community foundations have the same problem we do, which is people often don’t know about us,” said Solcz, chairman of the Solcz Group which includes Valiant Corp. “So we believe if we can get 100 people intimately involved with the foundation through Inspiration 100, they will spread the good word about us.”

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Ross Clarke, left, and Marty Solcz show Inspiration 100 merchandise

In 1983, Mayor Bert Weeks, Charles Clark Sr., and Clifford Hatch Sr., established Heritage Windsor, the beginning of the local Community Foundation. Originally, the philanthropic group focused on improving the riverfront, though charitable funding soon grew.Besides providing grants, the WindsorEssex Community Foundation runs local initiatives such as Random Act of Kindness Day and Vital Signs, which takes the pulse of the community. Inspiration 100 is the latest do-good effort. “There are people out there who would like to be part of a group that does big things,” said Solcz, whose family has a history of philanthropy. “With Inspiration 100 you get a new community. You will be warmly welcomed into the company of 99 other like-minded individuals who have philanthropic ideas and want to do it a lot bigger than they could themselves.”

When interest on investment is factored in, Solcz hopes the Inspiration 100 money will grow to $3 million or $3.5 million in 10 years. Solcz has worked on his big idea since last year, when he first started making presentations on it. Inspiration 100 was only officially launched a week ago, however, but already has 12 members. One of those is Ross Clarke, owner of Clarke Surveyors, who liked the idea instantly.“I heard about it through a presentation Marty Solcz did at Rotary 1918,” Clarke said. “I was impressed with what they wanted to do. And Marty should be congratulated for making it happen. It’s a great initiative.”

If you would like to be a part of this exclusive opportunity to support our community, or would like more information about the Foundation, please contact us today at 519-255-6572 or e-mail info@wecf.ca

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Spotlighting our Impact

2014 Fast-Track Recipient – Canadian Mental Health Association: “Youth Summit”

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation granted $1,000.00 to the Mental Health Association to aid in the “Mental Health Youth Summit” event held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Ciociaro Club in Windsor, involving 300 local high school students.IMG_1480

The event included group talk on topics such as substance abuse, anxiety and depression, with the goal of encouraging conversation about mental health and to reduce stigma. Other activities throughout the event included yoga, writing, dance, and music with the intention of demonstrating the many ways of helping to cope with mental illness.

Kim Willis (Senior Manager, Fund Development and Community Engagement) noted, “I cannot stress enough how amazing it was…great example of a collaborative effort in this community.”

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation was pleased to be part of such an innovative and successful event.

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