Tha’teioneniienawa’khontie: In the Spirit of Cooperation

Mar 31, 2020 | Featured, Foundation News/Updates, Fund Updates

Tha’teioneniienawa’khontie: In the Spirit of Cooperation

Phonetically Pronounced: Ta-day-yoon-on-nee-yon-ah-wah’-koon-jay (Click to hear how it is pronounced)

A new fund in honour of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples is now a reality thanks to the recent (and ongoing), journey of learning of a local woman.

History of the Fund
An anonymous donor experienced the growth and transformation that comes from a personal journey, and being open to new experiences, learnings, and perspectives. In July 2019, our donor had the good fortune to witness an Inuit wedding party climb a hill on the vast and stark tundra of Greenland. The bride and groom, dressed in traditional Inuit clothing, walked hand in hand. With them were elders and children of the community. “That sight, those people jumped into my heart and soul” said our new donor.

Her desire for knowledge led her to read extensively about Indigenous Peoples. She read about the horror of residential schools and the beauty and wonder of Indigenous culture and traditions.  As her knowledge grew, so did her respect and admiration of Indigenous Peoples; their resilience and their strength.

When the donor approached former CFKA Executive Director Tina Bailey to discuss a possible donation to establish a fund, it didn’t take long for the discussion to uncover her passion, and the idea of the fund was born!

To help establish the purpose of the fund (which will define what projects the fund will support), a meeting was scheduled with three respected local Indigenous leaders. After a thoughtful and meaningful discussion, the group collectively determined the name of the new fund: Tha’teioneniienawa’khontie, a Mohawk phrase which means ‘In the Spirit of Cooperation’.

The cooperative and respectful spirit of that meeting was a meaningful beginning to the new fund. The intent of the fund was collectively defined:  to support projects led by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples to nurture the healing and wellness of the Katarokwi community and Indigenous People in the area served by the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area. Projects to support young people will be especially encouraged.

Tha’teioneniienawa’khontie: In the Spirit of Cooperation is a fund created in respect for traditional ways. The donor of the fund believes that by learning from the past, we will help build a better future.

Fund Impact

The grant recipients of the Fund as of September 2023:

  • Queen’s University: Queen’s University Indigenous Land-based Learning STEM (QUILLS)
  • Kingston Indigenous Language Nest (KILN)
  • Great Lakes Museum:  Indigenous-Environmental Inner Harbour Paddle Tour
  • Frontenac County Schools Museum Association: “Three Sisters” Museum Garden Project Extension


 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