Morden Foundation 'rebranding' for coming milestone 0
Morden's community foundation is marking its 20th year in 2013, and it has a new logo as it reaches this milestone.
It came about as part of the Morden Area Foundation doing a review of its branding strategies.
The brighter, more colorful logo will be displayed around the area to help promote the many different agencies that have been assisted by foundation grants and to inspire continued donations.
The Morden Area Foundation was formed in 1993, and events are in the planning stages to recognize the 20th anniversary.
Governed by a board of community volunteers, it helps to build a stronger, healthier community by granting to charitable and government organizations for specific projects.
The first grants awarded, in 1995 were to Morden Caring and Sharing, Morden Rec. Centre (now the Access Events Centre), South Central Regional Library, Morden Community Day Care Centre and Pembina Hills Artists.
Over the years, the foundation has approved almost 300 grants totaling over $700,000.
The money has been used for everything from skating rinks to water parks, medical diagnostic equipment to new toys for children, office furniture and computers to dozens of scholarships for graduating students, a new stage for the Back 40 Festival to improved washrooms for the Corn & Apple Festival.
The foundation continues to receive donations to its endowment funds.
Even with today's low investment returns, the earnings from the $1.1 million dollar endowment allowed the board to commit $35,000 to project grants in 2011-12.
A $50,000 commitment to Tabor Home, which is to be paid from the 2012-2014 budgets, was one way to recognize many of the people who have built our community, while another current year grant to the Child Care Centre was a nod to the young families and children who will sustain our city for many years to come.
The foundation's website will also be updated through the branding process. Please visit www.mordenfoundation.ca for more information.