Mennonite Heritage Village is fortunate to enjoy many fine partnerships which are key to the success of our museum. One of our very close and present partners is the MHV Auxiliary. This group spends significant amounts of time and energy fundraising for MHV. They make and sell quilts, sell waffles and vanilla sauce at our festival events, organize and deliver the annual fall turkey dinner, and the list goes on. In addition to their significant fundraising activities, they also serve as positive ambassadors for the museum in that many of their activities give them, and therefore MHV, positive public exposure. We are very grateful for their work.

Mennonite Heritage Village also enjoys a fine partnership with RBC Royal Bank, through the Steinbach Branch as well as RBC Royal Bank Foundation. Their support comes to us by way of staff volunteer time as well as sponsorship of MHV events.

Recently Audrey Toews, one of our regular volunteers, learned of a grant opportunity through the RBC Royal Bank Foundation. The Foundation has a program whereby current and past employees who do volunteer work in their community are eligible to apply for a grant on behalf of the organization for which they volunteer.

Audrey was an employee at the Royal Bank for three and a half years concluding her employment there 53 years ago. Mr. T. G. Smith was the branch manager at that time. Being the resourceful person that she is, upon learning of this grant opportunity she contacted Stan Franz, our Fundraising Manager, and together they wrote a grant application on behalf of MHV. We’re pleased to report that the result was a $500 donation to MHV from the RBC Royal Bank Foundation. Given that much of Audrey’s volunteer time is spent on MHV Auxiliary projects, the Auxiliary decided to match that donation, netting the museum $1,000 in donations from this joint effort.

RBC’s Employee Volunteer Grants Program recognizes employees and retirees for the good works they do in their personal time, by volunteering in their communities. Employees and retirees who donate more than 40 hours per year to a charitable organization can apply for a grant of up to $500 for their organization. Since 1999, RBC has made over 17,000 grants and donated more than $8.5 million in celebration of our employees' volunteer efforts.

It is not uncommon for employers to match employees’ donations to their favourite charities. As employers often set a ceiling on the amount they will donate in a given year, it’s good to apply for these matching grants early in the year if one wishes to donate in this way.

Dwayne Doroshuk, RBC Royal Bank; Linda Schroeder, MHV Auxiliary President; Audrey Toews, MHV Auxiliary Volunteer; Barry Dyck, MHV Executive Director

About the Author

Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV.

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