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The Battle River Community Foundation has over $10 million dollars in endowments and gave $679,629 in grants to charities in 2014.

 

 


Giving Enriches Living
(With a nod to Robert Service)
Written by Vivianne Grue

There are great things done neath Alberta’s sun
By the folks who toil for good
Endowment trails have their secret tales
For wishes of ‘could’ and ‘would’
The good deeds felt would make hearts melt
But the best yet they ever did see
Was how simply giving enriches living
And builds strong community

Now Louise J. came from away where foundations she already knew
So leaving home the west to roam, into Camrose she blew
And she loved the place and carved her space that held her in its spell
And she’d often say in her comfy way that ‘all here is fine and well’.

But then one day, as is the way, a wistful donor came along
Wanting a way to give his pay with a philanthropic song
He’d worked hard for his rewards and wanted to spread it around
But as far as he knew twas not easy to do, no vehicle was to be found.

Well that very night he shared his plight and what he hadn’t known
That the tale he told would soon unfold, a foundation seed was sown.
And a little band threw in their hand to make his wish come true
And community came in unity and a foundation grew.

A pal’s need is a thing to heed, so they swore they would not fail
And they started out with the proper clout, charity would prevail

Twas no easy feat, the goal to meet the donor’s wishes best
Dedication and a strong foundation would surely meet the test.

So there was a cheer we all did hear when his wishes could be met
With all good intent and his wishes spent, no longer did he fret
He saw their way and he seemed to say “you’ve taxed your brauns and brains
But you promised true, now it’s up to you, make good with my last remains”.

And every day in a quiet way the funds began to grow
And on it went, the grants were spent and worthy deeds did flow
Donors came through, as they’re sure to do, goodwill is the key
To make things right, and bring some light into community.

Twenty years have flown, the funds have grown, the foundation has its code
In the days ahead, and clearly led, integrity we uphold
We strive to meet without defeat, the donors wishes all
From health care to child care we have the wherewithal.

So if inclined, just keep in mind, your wish is our command
Put to the test, we’ll do our best and welcome your helping hand
It’s a joy to give so that others may live with a sense of family
Someone who cares, someone who shares for a stronger community.

There are great things done neath Alberta’s sun
By the folks who toil for good
Endowment trails have their secret tales
For wishes of ‘could’ and ‘would’
The good deeds felt would make hearts melt
But the best yet they ever did see
Was how simply giving enriches living
And builds strong community

 

 
Battle River Community Foundation | info@brcf.ca | 780.679.0449 | PO Box 1122, Camrose, AB T4V 4E7