David Gow was not a wealthy man, but he really believed in giving back to the community where he lived and worked. He was a volunteer for dozens of organizations in Hamilton, and was recognized as Citizen of the Year in 1992. When he died in 1999, he left several bequests, including a legacy to the Hamilton Community Foundation.
From his involvement as a board member of our Foundation, he knew that an unrestricted gift to the Community Fund would help not only the scores of organizations that he cared about, but many others in the fields of social services, arts and culture, health, education, environment and recreation. Since his death, the Foundation has made grants from the Community Fund to foodbanks, women’s shelters, and arts organizations that were dear to David, along with many other groups.
David also knew that needs and opportunities change in a community over time. His gift, combined with many other unrestricted gifts to the Community Fund, provides the flexibility that allows us to respond to community needs today and changing future needs.
Excerpt from 1998-1999 Annual Report