Trillium Foundation awards Alzheimer Society of Durham Region $168,300

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Published March 14, 2024 at 4:03 pm

Alzheimer Society of Durham Region
Alzheimer Society of Durham Region Chair Carolyn Wilson (left) and CEO Gillian Barrie, Whitby MPP Lorne Coe and and Kendel Ferrara, Director of Philanthropy, Alzheimer Society of Durham Region. 

The Alzheimer Society of Durham Region will be getting a major financial boost from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund.

The organization is the recipient of a $168,300 grant from the fund, which is part of the province’s Tourism, Culture and Sport Ministry.

“Non-profit organizations across Ontario deliver programming that makes a difference,” said Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Neil Lumsden. “That’s why funding … is so important. Our government wants to ensure that these programs remain the heart of communities across our province.”

The funding will be used by the organization to build its “resilience and sustainability” by securing supports to develop and implement new approaches to fundraising to acquire new donors and increase donor retention, resulting in revenue generation growth.

“The Alzheimer Society of Durham Region is beyond thrilled to be a selected recipient of a Resilient Communities Fund grant through the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Alzheimer Society Durham Region CEO Gillian Barrie. “The impact of this grant will allow us to implement key strategic initiatives that will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region.

Whitby MPP Lorne Coe was on hand for the announcement this week and said the funding will allow the organization to develop “new strategies, and innovative programs and services” that will meet the needs of families in Whitby.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. Last year the foundation invested more than $110 million into 1,022 community projects and partnerships.

The Resilient Communities funding arm supports community-based organizations that deliver programs and services in Ontario and need funding to recover and build capacity, resilience and sustainability.

With the number of people living with dementia increasing, Gillian said she was “very appreciative” of the support from the Province, which will help “further our mission to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their care partners across Durham Region.”

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