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Endowment fund to benefit Guide Dogs society

Delta Community Foundation steps up to support
Guide dog endowment
BC & Alberta Guide Dogs has established a $10,000 endowment with the Delta Community Foundation, represented by Foundation past president Peter Roaf (second from left), and presented by BCAGD CEO Bill Thornton (third from left) and, trainers, Joel van Stavely and Shay, Rachel Nelson and Blythe, Sarah Enright and Bennet, and Matilda Halliburton and Jovi.

To generate interest on its principal to apply to a range of expenses in meeting the growing demand for professionally trained Guide Dogs and Autism Support Dogs and OSI/PTSD Service Dogs, Delta-based BC and Alberta Guide Dogs has established a $10,000 endowment fund through the Delta Community Foundation.

BC and Alberta Guide Dogs is a non-profit charitable society, based in Ladner, which breeds, raises and professionally trains Guide Dogs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, Autism Support Dogs, for children ages three to 10 and their families, and Service Dogs for veterans, first responders and RCMP members suffering from Operational Stress Injury or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, all at no cost to the client.

Each fully trained guide dog or service dog enables each client to live a fulfilling and productive life.

“We have been enormously blessed through the generosity of others,” said BC and Alberta Guide Dogs CEO Bill Thornton. “Supporting Delta Community Foundation is just another way BC and Alberta Guide Dogs can give back.”

Members of the public may make donations to the capital of the Fund, which will be retained in perpetuity on the same basis as the initial cash infusion of $10,000. The Foundation will issue tax receipts to donors based on the principal amount they donate to the endowment fund.

“We respect the vital work of BC and Alberta Guide Dogs and the confidence it has placed in the Delta Community Foundation,” adds Foundation president Gail Martin. “We will apply the many years of knowledge and experience in the investment industry, as represented by some of our board directors, to ensuring the endowment fund is effectively administered and grows over time to serve the needs of the society through interest generated from the fund long into the future. We are proud to be associated with Delta-based BC and Alberta Guide Dogs.”

As the local community foundation for Delta, in a network of 191 community foundations across Canada, Delta Community Foundation is the local “charity for charities.”

Through the Foundation’s fund building campaign, just launched, there will be even more opportunities in the coming months to do more, for more.