Field of Interest Funds
Field of Interest Funds allow you to identify one of our 9 focus areas that you wish to support. Grant recipients are determined by the Foundation’s Community Grants Committee, ensuring that the fund remains responsive to the communities’ needs while supporting your interests.
We hold a variety of such funds:
- Arts & Culture Community Fund
Supports wide variety of projects to enhance arts and culture broadly in our community.
- Bill and Gladys Kelly Community Fund
Helps to provide recreation opportunities for children in our community.
- Chown Fund
Provides grants for environmental and historical conservation projects.
- David Middleton North End Development Fund
Contributes to North End of Kingston projects supporting the areas of food, arts and culture, social service support for disadvantaged people, neighborhood improvement, alternative conflict resolution, and increased access to personal education.
- Don & Lorraine Fund
The Don & Lorraine Fund was established to grant to initiatives focused on the environment and sustainability.
- Douglas Branton Fell Memorial Fund
In memory of Albert and Christa Fell’s son Douglas; benefits environment and heritage projects.
- Edward Ratcliffe Fund
Supports developing art and artists in our community.
- Elisabeth Heney Fund for Literacy
Funds projects in the area of literacy improvement.
- Environmental Legacy Fund
Initiated by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and distributed to local environmental projects.
- First Capital Community Development Fund
Supports projects by local charitable organizations that contribute to community economic development in our area, such as job training and creation, and funded from earnings from loans issued through our small business loan program.
- Health and Social Services Community Fund
Supports a wide variety of projects that address health and social services.
- Helping Hands for those with Disabilities Fund
Supports housing for persons with special needs or who are homeless.
- Howe Island Community Fund
Funds projects benefiting the community of Howe Island.
- Infant Mental Health: Building Resiliency for a Lifetime Fund
Supports projects and programs in our community that foster the development of strong infant mental health (from prenatal to thirty six weeks) by supporting optimal development and well-being in infants and their families.
- John Gerretsen Youth Leadership Fund
To provide an annual student award to support the leadership development of youth within the boundaries of Kingston and the Islands.
- Kingston Whig-Standard Literacy Fund
Dedicated to supporting literacy services for children and adults in The Kingston Whig-Standard’s distribution area.
- Kingston Youth Science and Technology Fund
Created with the objective to increase youth participation in events and programs related to science and technology.
- Laszlo Acs Memorial Fund
To support the development of strong infant mental health (from prenatal to 36 months) by supporting optimal development and well-being in infants and their families.
- L. Carolyn Dundas Fund in Support of Mental Health
Created to help relieve the pain of children, youth and adults suffering from anxiety and depression, with the goal of preventing suicide.
- Loyalist Parkway Fund
Provides a source of support to sustain projects along the Loyalist Parkway.
- Marguerite Bourgeoys Housing Fund
Supports initiatives related to affordable housing in Kingston and surrounding area.
- Marion and John Dunn Fund
Provides support for Kingston and area and Leeds County children and youth activities, education and welfare, including, but not limited to, assistance and encouragement for special-needs and/or disadvantaged children.
- Marion Meyer Opportunity Fund
Established with a gift from Henry and Marion Meyer, supports education and training initiatives.
- Marla & Gregg Rosen Fund
Supports youth initiatives in the community, as selected by youth advisors where possible.
- Mrs. Rupert Davies Fund
Supports musical projects in Kingston and area.
- Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation Fund
Reduces barriers to recreation for young people in our community.
- Opportunities Kingston Fund
Continues the organization’s work by helping disadvantaged individuals develop small businesses.
- Regina Rosen Food First Fund
Supports various food-providing organizations in our community by distributing $1,000 each month to self-identified projects or for immediate requirements.
- Richard Moorehouse Fund
Supports social service projects.
- Robert W. Clark Endowment Fund
In support of the development of young men and women through education in mentorship, giving people a ‘hand up’, and strengthening the governance of local charitable organizations.
- Russell and Susan Park Memorial Fund
Helps uplift disadvantaged women and young people in the broader Kingston community.
- Ruth and Stu Barton Environmental Fund
Supports environmental initiatives in memory of a beloved couple dedicated to their community.
- Seniors Community Grant Fund
This fund will be used for projects that support seniors.
- Staff Appreciation Fund
Established by the honorary life members of the Community Foundation, in acknowledgment of the ongoing hard work and support that is provided on a daily basis by Foundation staff.
- Stark Family Fund
Benefits citizens in Prince Edward County and specifically Bloomfield, home to the late Stark family.
- Sunnyside Children’s Fund
Supports the promotion of children’s mental health and the delivery of innovative children’s mental health programs and services that address a demonstrated need in the community or to facilitate agencies in the Community in partnering to more innovatively and/or effectively deliver the same.
- Tha’teioneniienawa’khontie: In the Spirit of Cooperation Fund
To support projects led by local First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples to nurture the healing and wellness of the Katarokwi community and area served by the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area. Click here to read more.
- The Audrey and Peter Scholes Memorial Fund
This fund was established to fund projects to advance the arts in the City of Kingston and to provide services for the community.
- Theda Anderson Fund
Supports projects that benefit seniors and/or children and youth.
- The Henry Fund
Supports projects that address mental health through taking a preventative approach by encouraging community engagement and fostering a sense of belonging.
- Thomson & Beaman Fund
Supports innovative approaches to help at-risk children and their families.
- Valerie Robertson Women in Theatre Fund
In support of Arts & Culture, specifically theatre-related projects with a strong interest in projects that encourage young women’s participation in theatre.
- YAC Youth Endowment Fund
Created by our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) to support a wide variety of youth initiatives. Grants are awarded for youth, by youth.
- Young Adults Mental Health Fund
Dedicated to supporting the mental health needs of young adults, especially those aged 18-24 years.
When you give to the Community Foundation you can have confidence that your community will continue to benefit from your gift for many years to come.
2023 Year End Tax Tips
Both the federal and provincial governments offer donations tax credits that, in combination, can result in tax savings of up to 55% of the value of your gift in 2023, depending on your province or territory of residence. With total cash donations up to $200 in a year, the federal donation credit is 15% of the donation amount. For total donations exceeding $200 in a year, the federal donation credit jumps to 29% (33% to the extent taxable income exceeds $235,675) of the donation amount. Provincial donation credits are also available and the total credit may be up to 55% once total annual donations exceed the $200 in a calendar year.
December 31 is the last day to make a donation and get a tax receipt for 2023. You can help a wide range of charities with a single gift to our endowed Community Fund, support your favourite charity or cause by giving to one of our over 225 funds, or establish your own fund.
Credit Card or VISA Debit Card
If you’re ready to make your gift now, then use our secure online giving page. You have the option of choosing any one of our funds, giving ‘in memory of/in honour of’ instructions, and more. Or, if you prefer, you can simply call 613-546-9696 to make your donation over the phone using your Visa, MasterCard, or AMEX, or VISA Debit card. You can make a one-time gift, or sign up to make a regular monthly donation.
Please make your cheque payable to Community Foundation for Kingston & Area (or “CFKA”), and write your intended fund in the memo line. Drop it off or mail to: 275 Ontario Street, Suite #100, Kingston, ON, K7K 2X5.
Gifting publicly-traded securities, including mutual funds and segregated funds, with accrued capital gains “in-kind” to a registered charity or a foundation not only entitles you to a tax receipt for the fair market value of the security being donated, it eliminates capital gains tax too. You should plan gifts in-kind well before year end, to allow for sufficient time to make arrangements. A gift of publicly-traded securities is the transfer of ownership of stocks or bonds to the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area. If you own shares that have increased in value, 50 per cent of the capital gains are taxable. However, if you donate these shares in-kind to CFKA, the gain is tax-exempt. Learn more.
Form 1: Direction to Transfer Securities or Mutual Funds Electronically as a Charitable Donation Complete Form 1 to give your financial advisor/broker the instructions to make the gift to CFKA. The form contains all the information your advisor will need to make the transfer. They will then submit this form to our broker at CIBC Wood Gundy to advise that the transfer is pending.
Form 2: Notice of Transfer of Securities
Complete Form 2 and send it to CFKA to advise us of your gift, and instruct as to what you would like your donation to support.
Your AMT may be higher in 2024 (compared to 2023) if your taxable income is over about $173,000, and you have income taxed at lower rates than ordinary income, or deductions or credits that reduce taxes payable, including: Capital gains, Stock options, Canadian dividends, Unused non-capital losses, net capital losses, or limited partnership losses from prior years, and Non-refundable tax credits, including the donation tax credit. Speak to your tax profession to see how AMT could affect your situation in 2024, and, if appropriate, to consider triggering a gain or exercising employee stock options.
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