Community Grants Spotlight: South Frontenac Museum
We have been busy throughout December hand delivering cheques to the recipients of our Fall Community Grants program. This adapted COVID-friendly alternative to our traditional, in-person Fall Grant Celebration, has allowed us the opportunity to foster insightful connections with each organization this year.
To celebrate the $400,388 of awarded funding, we will be featuring each of our recipients over the coming weeks and highlighting the meaningful projects being supported by their grants. Be sure to follow us on social media @CFKingstonArea to learn about these local charities and how they’re making a difference in our community.
Small Grant – Big Impact
The South Frontenac Museum is generously supported by the Township of South Frontenac but is operated by the not-for-profit South Frontenac Museum Society.
The Museum applied to the Community Grants Program in the Fall of 2020 to help upgrade their computer system which consisted of a unit purchased in 2014 and an old, borrowed laptop.
“We are so grateful to the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area for this vote of encouragement, especially in these COVID-19 times, when our operations and fundraising plans have been so disrupted. We have just completed transferring all our files and artifacts to these computers and are very happy with the ease of accessibility that they have provided and the professional final results. We deeply appreciate this investment in our Museum’s future.” John McDougall, President
The purchase of the two new laptop computers will assist in the efficient acquisition of artifacts and secure the Museum’s archives and operational files. They will assist in the Museum’s website development and social media presence. They will be able to display our exhibits, encourage new membership and visitors and provide virtual educational history lessons for adults and children.
“This generous grant has allowed the Museum to moderize antiquated computers to new systems that can handle cataloguing of collections and archiving of records past and future. Thank you Community Foundation for Kingston & Area” Mayor Ron Vandewal, Township of South Frontenac.
This grant was funded by The Douglas Branton Fell Memorial Fund that was established in memory of Albert and Christa Fell’s son Douglas, and benefits environment and heritage projects.
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.
Contact us at 613.546.9696 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any further assistance.