The Battlefords Humane Society recently received $100,000 from the Bill and Betty Heno Fund managed by Battlefords and District Community Foundation (BDCF). This grant will support the purchase of land for the new Battlefords Humane Society building that will be located on Highway 4 North, in the RM of North Battleford.
Bill and Betty Heno were longtime residents of Cochin and their daughter, Barb Heno, has provided this donation in their name.
“Barb was a long-time client of the clinic and her generous donation has allowed the Humane Society to purchase land that fits our needs very well,” said Dr. Shawn Haas, president of the Battlefords Humane Society. “The location is appropriately zoned, visible, and large enough to expand for future projects.”
Battlefords Humane Society is currently in the design stage for the new building and will have sponsorship opportunities once the design is completed.
The donation that established the Bill and Betty Heno Fund came from Barb Heno, in the form of shares transferred to BDCF.
“Barb wanted to support a local project in memory of her parents, and the ability of the foundation to accept these shares instead of her selling them and donating cash, gave her the best possible tax benefit,” said Rob Rongve, BDCF board president. “The foundation is able to structure each donation to be of the maximum benefit to each donor and provide much-needed support to community groups.”
Battlefords and District Community Foundation currently manages more than 25 funds that will contribute to a range of interests from the arts and health care to post-secondary scholarships and recreation. BDCF will distribute close to $50,000 in annual community grants and scholarships this year. To date, their donors have provided over $900,000 to community groups and projects. The foundation website at www.bdcf.ca has complete information.