In the Spirit of Cooperation Fund Update

Sep 14, 2021 | Featured, Foundation News/Updates, Fund Updates

Anonymous donor sparks action and reflection.

This fund supports projects led by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples to nurture the healing and wellness of the Katarokwi community and Indigenous Peoples in the area served by the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.

In June, we shared the story of a community member who, inspired by their experience at the 215-shoe memorial at Kingston City Hall, anonymously donated $10,000 to the Tha’teioneniienawa’khontie: In the Spirit of Cooperation Fund, and invited others to join them. It was the donor’s hope that instead of a few large donors, it would be more impactful if hundreds of individuals showed their support through smaller gifts. You can read the full story here.

Since this call to action, the Tha’teioneniienawa’khontie: In the Spirit of Cooperation Fund has received $2,450 in gifts along with numerous commemorative messages, such as:

  • “I was very happy to read about this fund.”
  • “A small way to acknowledge the hurt and pain felt by our Indigenous people.”
  • “In Honour of All the unnamed and unknown.”

The first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be marked on September 30, 2021. We hope this approaching day of commemoration will encourage you to reflect on the legacy of residential schools, the resiliency of Indigenous Communities, and consider what you can do to support the Truth and Reconciliation process.

If you are looking for a good place to start, the following article provides concrete steps on how to be an Indigenous ally:

(While ‘outdated’ in its view that Canada is only 150 years old, we like it because it identifies very specific actions that individuals can take.)

Please also consider supporting the anonymous donor’s vision by giving a gift of any amount to the Tha’teioneniienawa’khontie: In the Spirit of Cooperation Fund, so that it can fund more projects like Ndoo-miijiminaanin – an Indigenous Food Sovereignty project being delivered by Kingston Indigenous Language Nest in partnership with Loving Spoonful.

To read more about this Fund, click here:



 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.

Publicly-Traded Securities 

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.

Proposed Changes to Alternative Minimum Tax

Tax Element Current AMT Regime Proposed AMT Changes
Tax Rate and exception level 15% flat tax rate on an adjusted taxable income in excess of a $40,000 exemption 20.5% flat tax rate on an adjusted taxable income in excess of a $173,000 exemption
Calculating the adjusted taxable income for AMT purposes 100% of non-refundable tax credits included. 50% of non-refundable tax credits included.
Treatment of donations of publicly listed securities 0% of capital gains from donations of publicly listed securities included. 30% of capital gains from donations of publicly listed securities included.

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 if you need any further assistance.


Community Foundation for Kingston & Area