The Kenora and Rainy River Districts FIREFLY Foundation is a new charity formed to raise and donate funds to programs at FIREFLY. Our goal is to help FIREFLY staff go above and beyond in their service delivery.
The FIREFLY Foundations Quarterly 50-50 Cash Raffle will benefit our Core Support Fund. The Core Support Fund positively impacts all departments throughout FIREFLY; their scope is vast and always growing.
2022 Draw Details
Draw 1 – May 10 Draw 2 – July 19
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Draw 3 – Oct 4 Draw 4 – Dec 20
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Gift Card Fundraiser
Fundscrip is a Canadian wide fundraising program designed to help non-profits and charities raise money for their cause.
When you buy a gift card, through the FIREFLY Foundation website, you receive the full value of the card and an automatic donation, ranging from 2%-6% of the cards total, is deposited into The Core Support Fund. This is without additional cost to you. FundScrip has worked with participating retailers to make this amazing contribution to non-profits and charities.
Many of the retailers are grocery stores, department stores, and gas stations. Support FIREFLY Foundation by buying gift cards to places you would normally shop. Further information is available at the following link. FIREFLY Foundation Fundscrip Campaign
The Core Support Fund
The newly established Kenora and Rainy River Districts FIREFLY Foundation is a public foundation whose purpose is to raise and donate funds to the critical services and programs offered at FIREFLY – Physical, Emotional, Developmental, and Community Services. FIREFLY staff work with families to determine the right tools and knowledge that will assist their children in developing fundamental skills to thrive in activities of day-to day life at home and in the community. They employ over 150 staff and serve multiple communities across Kenora and Rainy River Districts.
The FIREFLY Foundation is proud to assist them with their mission to create healthy people, resilient families, and vibrant communities. A Donation to our Core Support Fund will make an impact to several areas as FIREFLY’s scope is vast and always growing.
Although it is difficult for the Foundation to predict which FIREFLY services will need funding and when, we can ensure gifts donated to The Core Support Fund will be applied to areas of greatest need including various FIREFLY Foundation fundraising and operational expenses.
FIREFLY believes in joining, connecting, collaborating, and supporting their regional partners; thus, it is these values that will drive the FIREFLY Foundation as well.
Contact Beth Greene, Foundation Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 807-444-5795 for further correspondence about FIREFLY Foundation.
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Food Security Fund
“Food insecurity refers to the inability to access a sufficient quantity or variety of food because of financial constraints and is an established marker of material deprivation in Canada. Based on the most recent available national-level data, 8.8% or 1.2 million households experienced food insecurity in 2017/2018.” www.canada.ca With the pandemic, 2020 has been a challenging year for children, their families, and communities. Job loss, poverty, and food insecurity impact the physical and mental health of young people and their families. The FIREFLY Foundation has chosen to prioritize Food Security because Food plays an essential role in how children and youth concentrate and perform daily tasks. We believe that allowing staff the opportunity to incorporate food appropriately throughout their program delivery will improve its potential for success.
This fund will impact several areas within FIREFLY services:
- Programs which concentrate on food education can use funds to improve program delivery or acquire resources
- Programs can offer gift cards and other healthy food for children, youth and families attending services
- Family Food Baskets will be donated to FIREFLY families during the holidays
- Expanding how the staff can utilize food within program delivery
The Foundation is excited to work closely with FIREFLY staff to ensure the Food Fund is meeting its optimal potential within the agency. In the future, The Foundation will also extend Food Fund dollars to local community organizations that offer Nutrition Education Programs, Food Distribution Programs, Food Assistance Programs, etc. Your donation to the FIREFLY Foundation Food Security Fund along with our donors and other fundraising efforts, will directly support families within Kenora and Rainy River Districts FIREFLY Foundation.
Compassionate Mission Fund
In recent years, FIREFLY has gifted excess funds, at the end of each year, to a few families who needed extra special support. The intention behind the donation is to help a FIREFLY family overcome a very specific barrier in their life: it is often a project or undertaking that is not financially feasible and/or not covered through other support avenues. The projects that were supported in the past have had one main objective. Make a significant difference in a young person’s life
FIREFLY Foundation is dedicated to campaigning this idea and expanding its reach. The Compassionate Mission Fund will be flexible in nature as the needs of each family are different. Funding can be awarded to families for several reasons but are not limited to: Home Renovations to improve a Child or Youths home experience – Respite Emergency Dollars – Community Accessibility Projects – Additional one on one Support for a Child or Youth – Equipment – Medical Supplies, etc.
A donation to The Compassionate Mission Fund will directly impact the number of recipients FIREFLY can support each year.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Monthly Donation Program
This can be set up on the website Donation Page at https://fireflyfoundations.powerappsportals.com/donation/. When someone signs up to become a monthly supporter, there will be four funding categories to choose from: Core Support Fund, Children’s Treatment Centre, Food Security Fund, Compassion Mission Fund. We accept one-time donations through this online portal as well.
Build a Fundraiser
The Foundation welcomes any opportunity to partner with individuals and businesses to host fundraising events that will benefit the children, youth, and families of FIREFLY: trivia nights, benefit concerts, walk/run/bike-athons, birthday celebrations, etc. We are grateful for any chance to work with community members who want to help support critical programs at FIREFLY.
FIREFLY Foundation is comprised of a small but mighty group; we have set big goals for the Foundations future and are looking for some help to begin achieving Goal #1 – Public Relations.
We are looking to build a Team of Volunteer Representatives who can utilize their voices amongst the community. We need individuals looking to champion FIREFLY Foundation efforts and relay all our updates to their existing networks: local businesses, organizations, and community members.
Contact Beth Greene, Foundation Coordinator, at email@example.com or 807-444-5795 for further correspondence about our Ambassador Team.
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Are you looking for a way to make a larger impact with your donation?
Corporate Matching is a fundraising opportunity where a company matches their employees’ donations to a charitable organization. This can be approached as a short-term holiday/celebratory fundraiser or a long-term support program. The Human Resources department within your company will know if a matching donation program is available. We are thankful to partner with a business that is inspired to join our efforts in providing quality care to children, youth and families of Kenora and Rainy River Districts.
The Matching Program can be dedicated to:
- The FIREFLY Foundation Main Fund (Further details in Main Fund Write Up)
- Support a focused objective (Department Donation, Special Event Donation, A dedicated FIREFLY Funding Priority)