One year later: An update on The Betsy Martin Fund

One year ago Community Foundations of Canada said good-bye to a close colleague and friend with the loss of Betsy Martin.

Betsy played a catalytic role at CFC for more than 15 years, leading our first national program, Our Millennium, and important work in areas like the environment, poverty-reduction and social finance.

We created The Betsy Martin Fund to honour her name and over the past year we’ve worked hard to make its impact worthy of her pioneering spirit.

The Betsy Martin Fund + SEDF

Betsy’s fund, which now stands at almost $100,000, was created to support social finance related activities. So when the Ontario Government invited us to participate in its strategy to grow social enterprise, we saw an opportunity to do what Betsy always did – think big!

Over the spring, we gathered partners and expert advisors together to craft an application to the province’s Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund (SEDF). If this application is successful it will leverage the capital in The Betsy Martin Fund to deliver almost $1 million in investment and grant support to social enterprise over the next three years.

A work in progress

Right now we’re waiting for a green light from the province on our SEDF proposal. But we’re sharing our efforts to date to let all of you – Betsy’s friends, family and colleagues – know how hard we’re working to build a legacy that was as bold and brilliant as she was.

We’ll keep you posted on our progress. Questions can be directed to Sara Lyons, CFC’s Director of Strategic Initiatives.

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