The Ladysmith Community Fund Society (LCFS) is welcoming Laurel Lawson as a new director. She is the former executive director of the Coquitlam Foundation.
“We are very fortunate to have a new director with the depth of experience that Laurel has, her enthusiasm about our fund and her commitment to the community foundation movement,” said Bruce Whittington, LCFS president.
The LCFS administers the Ladysmith Community Fund, a permanent endowment fund for the benefit of Ladysmith charities. It is managed by the Nanaimo Foundation and generates revenue to be used for grants to worthy projects, according to Whittington. Nanaimo Foundation issues tax receipts for donations and handles reporting to Canada Revenue Agency.
“I am indeed excited for what [the LCFS has] happening and like being in early on a project that has been carefully planned for future community foundation development,” Lawson said.
September is Community Foundations Month in B.C and Whittington and Lawson encouraged community members who are interested in helping the society to donate.
“We encourage donors to continue to support their favourite local charities,” said Whittington. “But donations and bequests to community foundations and community funds like ours are invested for the long term, so they will continue to benefit the community in perpetuity.”
Donations can be sent to the Nanaimo Foundation with “Ladysmith Community Fund” in the subject line, Whittington said. Donors can also go to CanadaHelps.org and access the Ladysmith Community Fund through the Nanaimo Foundation portal.