Community Foundation to handle Keri Chase tasks
Note: The story below has been edited to correct the fact that initial $100,000 donation was from Prue Morton, not Penny Petrone.
The Keri Chase Foundation has made a $175,000 presentation to the Thunder Bay Community Foundation in support of animal welfare.
Shannon Gothard Ramirez, chairwoman of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, said the foundations have been working together since 2008, with the community group matching donations from the KCF, returning the money to the Keri Chase endowment.
The KCF, said Gothard Ramirez, is closing down its charity initiatives.
“They will still be accepting funds over the next couple of years. Their board has been very active in fundraising for the last 13 years and they would like to slow down a little bit, and (TBCF) said that we will partner with them over the next several years to help them wrap up. But the receipting and all of the heavy-duty labour-intensive stuff, the TBCF will do for them now.”
The money presented Monday will go to the Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare Fund.
The Keri Chase Foundation was formed in memory of Keri Chase, who died in an auto crash in 2001. Chase was an advocate for animal welfare, helping injured and stray animals and birds of every description. The Keri Chase Foundation annually published a calendar as a fundraiser. The 2013 calendar will be the last one.
“The community foundation was created to support grassroots issues in Thunder Bay,’’ said Gothard Ramirez.
“If we see a need for child welfare or animal welfare, or development of arts programs or music programs, or anything that we see Thunder Bay needs,” support is considered, she said.
The foundation currently has just over $7 million “to help the community create new programs for the people of Thunder Bay.’’
The 42-year-old foundation was started with a donation of $100,000 from an anonymous donor, who it was later learned was Prue Morton.
The foundation also provides grants and scholarships.
“Many of our brightest and finest students . . . have received assistance to go to university.
“We also do a granting portion which goes out to many charitable organizations. We are at about $3.5 million since our inception given out to charities, and that is just purely the interest of the funds,” said Gothard Ramirez.
Ken Chase, of the Keri Chase Foundation, said the foundation’s programs and methods “really appealed to us.’’
“We know that the TBCF is going to ensure that the funds are being provided to organizations and put to best use,” said Chase.