Please note these updates:
A Jan. 28, 2016 Etobicoke Guardian article is entitled: “Rising heritage costs, bureaucracy the main reasons behind Wesley Mimico Place project’s cancellation: Mixed-use facility was to house seniors apartments and a community kitchen.”
[End of updates]
A Jan. 13, 2016 Etobicoke Guardian article by Cynthia Reason is entitled: “LAMP Community Health Centre receives Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to build an industrial kitchen at Wesley Mimico United Church.”
Ontario Trillium Foundation
I am very inspired by the news of the recent grant.
Over twenty years ago, before the Ontario Trillium Foundation had been set up, local non-profit organizations of all kinds in Ontario were involved in partnerships with charity casinos across Ontario. As a co-founder of a particular self-help group that was set up in 1989, I worked with other volunteers to raise over $70,000 on behalf of the latter group’s work, by helping to run charity casino events in Toronto. The money was put to good use on behalf of a national non-profit association that I was also involved in co-founding, and that is this year celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary as a strong, productive national organization.
The charity casinos were, in time, replaced by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. I can say based on my anecdotal evidence that the charity casino system that was in place, until that time, was a great way to raise money but it was also clear that much of the money, that was raised by such casinos, did not end up in the hands of the charities that assisted (at a non-management level) in the running of them.
My sense is that getting charities to apply for grants through the Ontario Trillium Foundation is a better way than trying to get access to proceeds from legal gaming operations in Ontario. One has the sense that having organizations do the work of applying for grants is a better way to ensure that money gets into the right hands, and is put to truly productive use of behalf of non-profit initiatives.
Filling out a successful grant application is a significant achievement. LAMP warrants strong congratulations for their recent successful grant in connection with the industrial kitchen proposal for Wesley Mimico Place.
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Of the many blog posts that I have written related to Wesley Mimico Place over the years, my favourite one is a July 8, 2013 text entitled:
The photos that accompany the current post are from an April 7, 2013 post entitled: