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Yellowknife Community Foundation surpasses $5 million in funds donated to support charitable works

The Yellowknife Community Foundation (YKCF) announced today that has surpassed $5 million dollars in funds donated to over 40 funds established to support charitable works in and around our community.

Foundation President Robin Greig said – “When the Yellowknife Community Foundation was established in 1993 it was with the hope that overtime it would grow to be a significant contributor to important projects benefitting our community and the Northwest Territories.  In 2020 we celebrated both our most giving year ever ($682,515 granted directly or contributed through partnerships with other organizations.) and surpassing the $5 million mark in donated funds.  Both accomplishments have helped us become an important part of giving community in Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories”.

In 2020, the YKCF established the following funds which helped it pass the $5 million mark:

Butler-Hushagen Health Education Fund

A significant donation from Rob Butler and Tannis Hushagen helped YKCF establish the Butler-Hushagen Health Education Fund, a scholarship open to students from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon pursuing a post-secondary education in a health related field.

Adolph Duesterhus STEM Scholarship

Established to commemorate Adolph Duesterhus, one of the early pioneers of Yellowknife, this scholarship was established to memorialize his contribution to our community and help it grow into the future through support for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Maureen Tonge “Living Your Legacy” Fund

The “Living Your Legacy” fund was established in October 2020 to commemorate the contribution Maureen Tonge made to Yellowknife and the north. Details on the Fund will be announced later in 2021.

Resilient Communities Fund

Established by YKCF, the Resilient Communities Fund was set up to support meaningful projects that will help our community recover from traumatic events like the COVID-19 pandemic. Every donation made to the Resilient Communities Fund will grow and continue to have an impact long after the original gift is made.

The Yellowknife Community Foundation was formed in 1993 to provide interested individuals and organizations with a means of supporting projects in our community for the enduring future. The Foundation is not singularly dedicated to any specific area of support. It embodies a simple concept – that people working together can make a difference.  

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