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ventureguelph.ca Guelph and Area activity & events guide

Media release

Storytelling can lead to cash for charities with The Oak Tree Project When the roots of our charitable sector are strong, the community benefits from sustainable, quality services helping the people who most need their essential support. Such is the theory behind The Oak Tree Project, a new community engagement initiative launched this month by The Mactaggart Team at Richardson GMP Ltd. Later this year, the project will see thousands of dollars donated to support the core operating costs of local charities. “Many granting bodies specify their funds must support a specific project, but can’t be directed to core operations. Our goal is to help registered charities address those needs–computers, software or systems, a new website, new teaching tools... it’s an endless list of the basic operating requirements organizations need to meet in order to do their work,” says Will Mactaggart, team and project lead. The Oak Tree Project invites local agencies to prepare an online profile talking about the impact of their work and how $5,000 will support their core operating requirements. Then, they are encouraged to invite members of the community to “nominate” them by sharing their stories of the agency’s impact. The website will be open for nominations from June 15-July 31, 2014. Those agencies with the most nominations will enter a second phase, where a panel of judges will grade the submissions against established criteria. A third act, scheduled for Fall 2014, will invite participating charities to a community event where a final voting round will declare the recipients of donations from The Mactaggart Team, other private donors and businesses, and donations made by guests throughout the evening. “What we love most about this initiative is that we’re not just handing over a cheque to a worthwhile organization. We’re encouraging the community to identify the needs that matter to them–and we’re expecting to hear some amazing stories of impact along the way that will help our community’s charities spread the word about their work long after the contest ends,” says Mactaggart. “To make this initiative a success we’re relying on our entire community to play a role.” The project details can be found at theoaktreeproject.ca.

Pictured at the launch of The Oak Tree Project are left to right: Chief Bryan Larkin, Marva Wisdom, Jason Darling, Will Mactaggart, Chris Willard, Mayor Karen Farbridge, Mike Hryn, and Marty Williams. Absent judges: Randall Howard, and Maddy Smith. supplied photo

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