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With Glowing Hearts is a publication celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Canada. It has a focus on Elgin-St. Thomas, in a full-colour, 64-page, 8 1/2 by 11 format published by Metroland Media in support of not-for-profits. Lots of photos, local history and memories. The $10 on-line price includes handling and mailing to any address in Canada within 2 business days of receipt of order. All proceeds from sales of the publication go to Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation. Thanks to St. Thomas Elgin Weekly News for this publication!

Thanks to everyone who made the 2017 event such a success! Get ready for 2018!

When the votes came in June 6, 2017 . . .

Aylmer Rotary Foundation (lead agency) . . .

. . . was voted the $10,000 main grant for: Elgin Children’s Foundation – Kits for Kids 4 Camp; Move-in bins for YWCA Youth; Move-in bins for Inn Out of the Cold guests. Successful applicants are shown here with ESCF Board Chair Elaine McGregor-Morris (left) and ESCF vice-chair and 150 People Who Care Chair Sarah Groeneweg (right).


Canadian Mental Health Association Elgin . . .

. . . was runner-up for its postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety program, taking home $4,450 for the project.
150 People Who Care Committee Member Andrew Gunn joins Elaine and Sarah in congratulating CMHA.


Six charities / projects made the shortlist!

In alphabetical order, here are the four other organizations / projects that made the shotlist.

  1. Long Point Conservation Authority – ALUS Elgin
    Integrate marginal land habitat on farms, improve biodiversity and mitigate erosion
  2. Mennonite Community Services of Southern Ontario
    Workshops and classes for community members to learn about their heritage, life skills needed in Canada and community, civic and social
    life information
  3. Thames Valley Education Foundation – STEAM Centre
    Communication and animation tools to outfit classes for a project-based learning approach
  4. YWCA of St. Thomas Elgin (lead agency in partnership)
    Junior Jumbo Mud Challenge


How does it work?

  1. The Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation collects the member pledges of $100 and provides charitable donation receipts.
  2. Local charities were invited to submit brief funding proposals to the Foundation. (see deadlines and criteria below)
  3. A short list of six charities was then chosen.
  4. At the June 6, 2017 special granting event, shortlisted charities had the opportunity to make a five-minute presentation to the  membership to pitch what they would do with $10,000 to foster positive change in the Elgin-St. Thomas community (5 minute presentations with 20 slides).
  5. At the end of the evening, the 150 People Who Care membership voted, and the winning charity will receive $10,000 and the charity that  placed second in votes received $4,450 (the balance of the funds collected) that night!

“I am very happy to be one of the founding members of the ‘150 People Who Care’ in our community. We have a lot of extremely talented people locally who are interested in supporting great causes, but may not have a lot of time to get involved with traditional service clubs. The ‘150 People Who Care’ approach solves this problem by offering a way to network with like-minded people, learn about charitable organizations in our community, and then make an immediate impact by supporting the best ideas.”

– Andrew Gunn, planning committee member

Here’s how charities applied:

  1. Application Deadline for our 2017 cycle was May 15, 2017
  2. Review the Grant Criteria here: Grant Criteria- 150 People Who Care initiative
  3. Application forms here: Application Form – 150 People Who Care initiative
  4. Watch for notice of future application/grant cycle deadlines


Sarah Groeneweg chairs the 150 People Who Care Committee.