On Friday, MPP Ross Romano met with the team at the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA to hear how the $87,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant it received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) earlier this year has helped it continue to move forward. The Resilient Communities Fund program was developed by OTF to help non-profits rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
“This $87,500 that we are providing to our local YMCA through the Ontario Trillium Foundation is great news for our community,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “With over 300 programs, including services like daycare and before and aftercare, the YMCA is an essential support for so many people in Sault Ste. Marie.”
Funds from the grant were used to hire a local fundraising professional to research and develop new fundraising strategies to achieve new sources of revenue for the YMCA. The fundraising strategy is a roadmap for how the Y can emerge a leader from the pandemic. And in addition, there was a focus on growing and sustaining social enterprise initiatives for the Y.
“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be understated,” said Robert Burns, CEO, Sault Ste. Marie YMCA. “The Fundraising and Community Engagement Lead position is more important than ever. Thanks to this funding we now have a clear fundraising structure. The SSM YMCA is very grateful for the assistance received for this important role.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.