The purpose was to assist the community in responding to today’s challenges and meeting emerging needs of now and the future. Four community members each donated money (totalling $12,000.00) to get the foundation started and to receive matching grants.
Original 9 Board Members:
Bob Nesbitt, Ron Canart, Gail Martin, Harry Schultz, Jim Johnson, Don Bartley, Betty Rookes, Barb Hodson and Jill Canart
In 1999 – the first grant of $185.00 was awarded to Elkhorn District Community Center. Over the years the yearly grants have grown to a total of $9145.00 being awarded in 2016 for a total of $79,000 over the 19 years of existence. Scholarships totalling $21,000.00 have been awarded over the period of 2003- 2016 to students of Elkhorn school to assist with continuing their education.
The Foundation does an annual Memory Tree fundraiser where a bulb can be purchased in memory of a loved one. Their name is displayed at the Memory Tree on the honour board and a special ceremony is held to light the tree for the holiday season to remember all our loved ones.
Elkhorn is part of the Community Foundations of Canada and has been under the umbrella of the Winnipeg Foundation since 2003 to take advantage of their expertise, knowledge and financial advisement. This has provided a great support system for the volunteer board as well as a great financial investment.
On December 17, 2016 – the Elkhorn & Area Foundation grew significantly with a very generous One Million Dollar donation from the Estate of Gilbert & Milburn Soder. Gilbert & Milburn were long term residents of Elkhorn and their generosity is going to benefit Elkhorn & Area for many years to come and assist with making the community a better place to live, work and play.
As of December 31, 2017 – Elkhorn & Area Foundation Endowment fund has grown to $1, 400,000.00.