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In order to raise the funds necessary to fulfil our mission of the removal of barriers to learning and our promise to the school community the Foundation works with private donors and the business community to accept donations and direct funding back to student need based on donor’s wishes.

As a donor, you can choose to donate to the Foundation in a general sense where the funds will be used for the best purposes as identified, you can donate direct to a school or you can choose to donate to one of the many funding opportunities:

1. The HWDSB Foundation Endowment

Working with the Hamilton Community Foundation, the HWDSB Foundation seeks endowment funds to strengthen the financial stability of the foundation as a whole and create more unrestricted revenue streams. An endowment demonstrates the long-term mission of the foundation. For more information on how to contribute to the endowment or build your own, please make contact with the HWDSB Foundation Office.

2. Student Barrier Fund

Many students in Hamilton are facing an uphill struggle just to have the same learning environment as their peers. They often cannot take advantage of the extra-curricular, music lessons, sporting groups and clubs. As a result these students miss out on the developmental benefits these experiences can provide. Poverty predicts educational outcomes. The Student Support Fund will address these issues and help to level the playing field by supporting and funding these basic educational needs.

Visit the Student Barrier Fund Campaign page for more information.

3. School Support Fund

Mini-grants encourage the development of unique and creative educational experiences that allow schools to enrich student achievement, while at the same time alleviating the financial burdens placed on teachers.

Visit the School Support Fund or Programs for more information.

4. Donations in honour of, in memoriam and in lieu donations

Donations to your favourite cause in lieu of gifts are becoming more and more popular and there are a variety of methods including: in lieu of a gift, in honour of a retirement or in memoriam to a lost loved one or friend.

5. Life insurance and bequests

Planned giving allows you to express your personal values by integrating your charitable, family and financial goals. Making a planned charitable gift usually requires the assistance of the charity’s development professional and a knowledgeable advisor such as an attorney, financial planner to help structure the gift.

Planned gifts can provide valuable tax benefits and/or lifetime income for you and your spouse or other loved one. The most frequently-made planned gifts are bequests to charities, made through your will.

Donors should seek charitable gift planning advice from professionals with integrity, expertise, and experience in law, investments, property, tax, and charitable transfers in order to assure both the technical merits of the transfer and the philanthropic quality of the gift.

Planned Giving Flyer

6. Donate to a school

There are so many more things we can do to support students, enhance curriculum and create innovative programming in schools, but there never seems to be enough resources. If you donate to a school you are giving them a tremendous opportunity to go above and beyond current programming. Your donation should be sent to the Foundation Office in order to receive a tax receipt with a note directing the donation to the school.

Learn more about HWDSB Schools.

7. Participate in an event

Our event calendar includes the Annual Foundation Breakfast and the Foundation Golf Classic. Events are great team building and networking opportunities for you and your staff. They also assist our efforts to raise funds for operational needs and unrestricted funding that can be dedicated to our programs.

What is the Best Method for Me to Donate?

Once you decide where you would like your philanthropic dollars to go, you can then choose the method that best suits your needs that can include:

Downloadable Donor Form

The Annual Report can give you more information of the HWDSB Foundation’s giving practices.

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