The School Sisters of Notre Dame Legacy Fund

Over the past year a number of long-standing organizations, now in transition, have turned to HCF to create a legacy by establishing new funds.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame Legacy Fund at HCF will support the education and societal needs of underprivileged women and children, a tradition the Sisters established in 1833.

Excerpt from Legacy newsletter, Fall 2012


Bruce Trail Expedition for Kids Fund

A quest to raise funds and awareness about the needs of Hamilton kids led local adventurers and philanthropists on a 30-day hike on the Bruce Trail.

On 2012-10-18,at 3:28 PM Wells, Jon (JWells@thespec.com) Subject: Bruce Trail hikers The four men hiking the Bruce Trail end-to-end to raise awareness of the footpath, and funds for inner city Hamilton schools. From left: Peter Turkstra, Teemu Lakkasuo, Fred Losani, and Mark MacLennan. (Photo submitted by hike team)

photo: The Hamilton Spectator

Starting at Queenston on the Niagara River and ending at Tobermory on the shores of Georgian Bay, the adventure seekers completed their trek, the Bruce Trail Expedition for Kids, last fall, hiking 885 km and raising over $700,000 for community-based and in-school nutrition programs.

Along the route, the trekkers took opportunities to engage students and donors about healthy living, and enjoying and maintaining the Bruce Trail, which is in their own backyard. The four-member team was made up of Mark MacLennan, Teemu Lakkasuo, Fred Losani and Peter Turkstra.

Fred and Peter participated in two previous fundraising adventures.   This time, they chose to work with the Hamilton Community Foundation to establish and administer the Bruce Trail Expedition for Kids Fund with the money they raised.

Although the foursome’s mission was to raise awareness and financial aid for Hamilton youth, they were able to accomplish much more.   As the team expressed, “From our experiences, we were able to share the physical challenges of hiking over rugged terrain, the trail’s natural beauty and the rewards of teamwork and getting involved.”

Peter says that the goal of the expedition was a good fit with HCF.  In addition to local charities that provide nutrition for children, funds raised will also be directed to many other Hamilton charities.

Excerpt from Legacy newsletter, Spring 2013


Eva Rothwell Resource Centre Fund

A thriving community hub is strengthened, thanks to an anonymous HCF donor.  This generous donor has established an endowment fund aimed at supporting ongoing operations at the Eva Rothwell Centre.

Eva Rothwell Centre

A great day, as Terry Cooke, left, delivers the surprise news to Don MacVicar

A community-driven labour of love in the Keith neighbourhood, the Eva Rothwell Centre was born a decade ago when a group of local residents led by Don and Carole MacVicar turned the decommissioned Robert Land School into a multi-service community centre.

There is no shortage of volunteers, eager service providers, imaginative programming for all ages, local leadership and creative use of space; the challenge is operational funding to keep the old building heated, clean and in good repair.

The fund’s founding donor hopes the gift will encourage more contributions.  So does Don MacVicar. “This gift has given so much to so many to provide hope for a better tomorrow.  We are certain it may also inspire others to grow this endowment towards the Eva Rothwell Centre’s secure future.  We are doubly blessed.”

Excerpt from Legacy newsletter, Fall 2014


AbleLiving Services Inc. Mary Traini Legacy Fund

“If people need our service, they will need it for life,” says Cindy Kinnon, Chief Executive Officer of AbleLiving, a housing and support organization for people with disabilities. “We support people with disabilities to live independently throughout all stages of their life. So our services need to be stable and reliable over time. An agency endowment fund makes total sense for our organization. It fits our model of sustainability and independence and permanence.”  AbleLiving

The AbleLiving Mary Traini Legacy Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, is a permanent fund honouring the late Mary Traini, a founding board member of AbleLiving (then Participation House) in 1975 and a trailblazing advocate for people living with disabilities in the 1960s through the 1990s. The fund will help to cover equipment or services not included in the agency’s government funding.

As an agency endowment fund, it is housed and managed at Hamilton Community Foundation but belongs to AbleLiving. (HCF holds similar funds for a growing number of other local agencies.) The relationship is one that AbleLiving prizes because of HCF’s reputation and investment expertise.

“I have a deep sense of confidence about the community foundation’s role in managing this fund for us,” says Cindy Kinnon. “We’ve seen growth in the fund, the cost to us is modest, we receive regular information about the fund, and supporters who value AbleLiving’s long-term stability, like the Traini family has, can contribute to it at any time.”

Excerpt from 2011-2012 Annual Report


Frank Charles Miller Fund

Lifelong Hamiltonian and philanthropist Frank Miller has a history of wanting to see his financial contributions at work.  Frank Miller

Mr. Miller originally intended to create bursaries for health care students through a gift in his will.  Recently, he decided he would like to launch them in his lifetime.

He has established the Frank Charles Miller Fund at HCF to provide eight bursaries, which will be presented annually to four McMaster University medical students and four Mohawk College nursing students.  His generous gift was inspired by the excellent medical attention he received from a nurse who had trained at the college.

“Mr. Miller’s gift supports young people who couldn’t otherwise pursue these careers,” says Sheree Meredith VP of Philanthropic Services.   “By lessening the costs, he is setting them up for a promising future,”

Always an entrepreneur,  Mr. Miller brought the city its first coin-operated laundromat.  He expanded the business, then sold it, choosing to make a difference through many philanthropic endeavours. These include a number of health care and social services organizations, including a program that provides teddy bears to children coming into the care of the Children’s Aid Society.

“Mr. Miller has had a long-time desire to give to his community in appreciation for what he has been able to achieve,” says Sheree.  “He is an example of the growing number of Hamiltonians who want to create a legacy now and have an impact forever.”

Excerpt from Legacy newsletter, Spring 2011


Chedoke Health Foundation Fund

Few institutions have played a more central role in Hamilton’s life than Chedoke Hospitals  – in all its incarnations, beginning with its creation in 1906 to fight tuberculosis.  Chedoke2The Cross of Lorraine on Chedoke’s original west Mountain brow site remains a city landmark of a facility that was the largest of its kind in the British Empire.

The newly-created Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals took over hospital operations in the 1970s while, Chedoke Hospitals, later renamed Chedoke Health Foundation (CHF), retained the land and buildings.  Since then the sale and transfers of land have provided health-related grants worth more than $72 million. This year, CHF’s board will donate its remaining assets to Hamilton Community Foundation, perpetuating and preserving Chedoke’s historic legacy. The new fund will provide health care bursaries for students who may not otherwise seek post-secondary education, and projects that support health and wellbeing in Hamilton.

Excerpt from 2015 Annual Report


Gail Robinson-Gow

Local arts and culture lover Gail Robinson-Gow is the first donor to HCF’s Arts Endowment Fund.Gail Robinson-Gow

Gail has been interested in Hamilton’s cultural scene since moving here in 1980.  “Hamilton’s arts scene is vibrant and it’s an important local asset,” she says. I’ve known about HCF’s tremendous support for community needs for many years, so when I learned about the Arts Endowment, it just seemed to fit with what I wanted to support.”

The Arts Endowment Fund focuses on keeping Hamilton’s cultural sector strong and sustainable. To encourage giving to this sector, HCF is matching the first $1 million of donations to the fund. We do the same for contributions to the Environmental Endowment Fund, so you can double your impact to either of these critical sectors of our city.

Both funds are part of our larger Community Fund which is focused on  tackling Hamilton’s most pressing issues now and into the future. You can support these three funds in many ways.

Excerpt from Legacy newsletter, Spring 2015


Malloch Foundation

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Malloch Foundation board members, from left, Jay Rosenblatt, George Simpson, Anne Bermingham, Diane Arrell, Colin Lazier, Libby Hammond

One of Hamilton’s longstanding private foundations, The Malloch Foundation, has turned to HCF to continue its legacy.

Established in 1964 by Francis and Kate Malloch as a memorial to their son David, the Malloch Foundation has been supporting local charities for five decades.

Hamilton-area organizations — like a sanctuary that rescues injured owls and an arts group that takes Shakespeare into local schools – have benefited from grants over the years. The Malloch Foundation has also helped some of Hamilton’s iconic institutions through good times and bad.

That legacy will continue as the Malloch Foundation becomes the Malloch Foundation Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation and four dedicated Malloch Foundation board members become part of the fund’s advisory committee.

George Simpson, a founding member of the Malloch Foundation and long time friend of David, who is stepping down after 50 years of service, feels that transferring the fund to HCF is the right decision. “Hamilton Community Foundation has the expertise to maintain the Malloch Foundation legacy. Its future is assured, and the excellent advisory committee will continue to make meaningful grants in David’s memory.”

Excerpt from Legacy newsletter, Spring 2015


Michael Chamberlain Fund

Hundreds of young Hamiltonians and their families are enjoying cycling – some for the first time – thanks to Mike’s Bikes, a program of the Michael Chamberlain Fund at HCF.

An active cyclist with an adventurous spirit, Mike Chamberlain loved to ride whether on Hamilton’s roads and trails or on biking expeditions around the world.

Family members proudly display their Mike's Bikes, received with helmets and locks.

Family members proudly display their Mike’s Bikes, received with helmets and locks.

The fund, established in Mike’s memory by his family ‑  Mark, Debbie and Kristen ‑ brings to life his dream of making Hamilton a more cycle-friendly city by improving access to biking and promoting cycling as a healthy, safe activity.

“In just two years, the fund has had a positive and ongoing impact on cycling in Hamilton,” says Terry Cooke.  “It shows how honouring one person’s passion and legacy can be transformative.”

Since the fund was established, two annual ‘Bike for Mike’ fundraisers have worked toward Mike’s vision.  This year, more than 300 riders raised the funds to buy bikes, complete with locks and helmets. A program called Mike’s Bikes has been created to distribute the bikes to children in partnership with community schools.

To help meet the program’s goal of ensuring entire families of the school children also have a bike, the Chamberlain family, friends and local bike shops collect used bicycles, refurbish them and distribute them with the new bikes.

Holy Name of Jesus is the first school to participate in Mike’s Bikes, through which 100 bikes went to children and their families.  The children also engage in ongoing safety, maintenance and riding programs, and when they outgrow the bike, they can donate it or exchange it for a new one so others can enjoy owning a bike.

“This is just the beginning,” says Debbie. “Our goal is to involve as many schools as possible until everyone in Hamilton has a bike and the community truly embraces cycling.

Excerpt from Legacy newsletter, Fall 2012


Urban farm planting seeds of change in McQuesten

treesA banner in the McQuesten neighbourhood meeting room is covered in brightly coloured drawings of veggies and fruit. There’s a market stand. Greenhouses. People. And even a cow. Bold statements like “food oasis,” “80% production,” “school trips” and “from observer to farmer” punctuate the pictures.

This is the neighbourhood’s vision for the McQuesten urban farm—a city-owned, three-acre field behind the former St. Helen’s school on Brittania Avenue.

The farm — Hamilton’s first and still in the design phase — has its roots in the neighbourhood plan. McQuesten is currently home to a community garden, but the farm will be more than that. “Farming is an economic activity,” says project coordinator, Adam Watson. “Yes, we’re promoting healthy eating, community engagement and food security—the nearest grocery store is two kilometers away—but we’ll also be generating revenue, offering training and, potentially, employment.”

The farm is breaking new ground for Hamilton, since zoning didn’t originally permit agriculture within the urban boundary. Money-making opportunities include selling produce and value-added products (think McQuesten salsa), growing seedlings for the city’s community gardens, supplying school nutrition programs and hosting school tours. “It’s a destination for education as much as food production,” Adam says. “People want their economic activities to give back to the community.”

HCF’s support to the Urban Farm was doubled when the Foundation connected with a grant-matching program offered by the U.S.-based Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.  As a result, a new staff member started in February. “We call her a farm animator for a reason,” Adam says. “It’s her job to make the site come alive.” This summer she will be running low-cost gardening camps for up to 150 children and youth. Future activities may include cooking classes, tours and a farm volunteer program.

Partners, including the City of Hamilton and Hamilton Victory Gardens, are working with the neighbourhood to take the farm from the seed of an idea to a full-grown operation. The ownership model is a work in progress, but the goal is to have the farm run by a community partner. “This is a pilot project for Hamilton,” Adam says. “There’s great potential here for the whole city.”

Excerpt from 2015 Annual Report