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NOTL Healthcare Foundation Leaves Philanthropic Legacy

October 30, 2018

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Healthcare Foundation is leaving behind a $920,000 philanthropic legacy as it winds down its mandate and dissolves.
 
The NOTL Healthcare (formerly Hospital) Foundation is donating its total funds in two $460,000 grants, one to the Niagara Health Foundation, the other to the Niagara Community Foundation. The funds were raised over the years by the Foundation in support of patient care at the former NOTL Hospital and will now be used by the two Foundations for the benefit of healthcare accessed by Niagara-on-the-Lake citizens.

Members of the NOTL Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors - Barbara Waller, Mora Richmond and Linda Sauro - presented the two foundations with cheques at a ceremony at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre on October 29, 2018.
 
“This gift will go towards endowment funds which will continue to serve health care in Niagara-on-the-Lake for years to come,” says NCF Executive Director Bryan Rose. “With these new funds, the legacy of the NOTL Healthcare Foundation will live on well into the future.” The gift to the Niagara Health Foundation will support the Foundation’s Gifts of Extraordinary Care Fund. This fund helps to purchase urgently-needed hospital equipment across Niagara Health sites, including patient care equipment for geriatric and complex care; $140,000 of the donation will go towards a third MRI.
 
“This transformational gift will help ensure that residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake and across Niagara have access to the care they need, when they need it,” said NHF President and CEO Roger Ali. “The healthcare needs of Niagara continue to evolve, and support like this helps Niagara Health continue to provide extraordinary care.
 
The gift to the Niagara Community Foundation will be divided into three funds. The first $200,000 will go into a non-permanent, spend-down Fund, from which the NCF will make annual disbursements for ten years to support health-oriented charities serving Niagara-on-the-Lake. Another $220,000 will establish a permanent endowment fund to support such charities. And a third block of approximately $30,000 will create a permanent endowment fund to benefit the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care Service.
 
“As we close our doors, we’re confident these significant gifts will continue to fulfill the wishes of our donors and continue supporting healthcare needs, including palliative care, in our community,” said Waller. “We are confident that these two Foundations will use these funds for the benefit of Niagara-on-the-Lake citizens.”

Photo (L-R): Bryan Rose and Bob Watson of Niagara Community Foundation, Linda Sauro, Barbara Waller and Mora Richmond of NOTL Healthcare Foundation, and Gord Statham and Roger Ali of Niagara Health Foundation.

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