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Posted: November 3, 2020
Are You 50 or better? Attend our Free Financial Planning Virtual Workshop Presented by the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and ELFEC. Please join us for an informative workshop to answer any questions you may have regarding your finances. Take part in a virtual conversation with a representative from the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education , and other seniors in your community, to gain a better understanding of your financial issues and concerns. Tuesday, November 24 th , 2020 Noon – 1:30 p.m. (EST) including opportunities for Q&A Register for this Virtual Workshop online at: https://cfee-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QsgCKNheRP6IknkDJczmdg Topics of discussion include: Making estate arrangements Moving as housing needs change Dealing with attempted fraud or financial abuse Caring for a loved one Living with long-term illness or disability Managing retirementRead more
Posted: October 29, 2020
Please find attached our transfer form to be completed for any transfer of securities. Transferring publicly traded securities to our congregations or another charity, you will experience a greater tax advantage than by donating the same amount in cash. To learn more about the advantages of making a donation of securities, please watch our recorded webinar on the subject. • In-kind transfers of stocks are normally completed within 10 working days after the authorization is received at the office of Royal Bank Investor Services (RBIS). If your donation is made near the end of the calendar year, the transfer authorization form must be received by RBIS no later than December 10 to ensure that the transfer is completed by December 31 and the donation receipt can be dated in the current calendar year. • In-kind transfers of mutual fund units may take 20 or more working days to complete. If your donation is made near the end of the calendar year, the transfer authorization form must be received by RBIS no later than November 27 to ensure that the transfer is completed by December 31 and the donation receipt can be dated in the current calendar year.Read more
Posted: October 21, 2020
Q3 2020 saw engagement with 20 companies held within our portfolio. Themes discussed included Covid -19, Climate Transition, Decent Work & Human Rights and Reconciliation. A full report by company is available here .Read more
Posted: September 29, 2020
ELFEC Partner Grant Impact at Good Sheperd Coquitlam This year, under Gail Tremain’s leadership, the Outreach Team obtained an ELFEC partner grant to upgrade Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Coquitlam’s fluorescent fixtures to energy efficient LED tubes. ELFEC's partner Grant Program purpose is to address social needs and/or environmental impact in their church community, as well as support for projects and new mission initiatives for their greater community. The upgrade at Good Shepherd, completed in July 2020, significantly reduces the church’s carbon footprint associated with lighting needs. Besides reducing overall energy consumption by 56%, the new LED tubes operate without a ballast and last 35,000+ hours, compared to the 7,500 hours for the ‘old’ fluorescent tubes. Since these new tubes are directly connected to the power source, there is no more flickering due to ballast discharge, and the use of a “natural white” LED tube provides a bright pleasant atmosphere. Annual electricity savings are expected to be in the order of $800 to $1000, and considerable savings in human resources are expected due to the longevity of the tubes and the elimination of the need for ballast replacement. Furthermore, this lighting upgrade provides a host of future environmental benefits that we normally would not really think of: reduced glass, ballast, and plastic waste, and the elimination of mercury pollution. Remarkably, a 56% reduction in energy demand impacts the long term need for more dam construction and the associated flooding of forested areas. With the help of the grant, Good Shepherd can celebrate taking this first step toward reaching the collective goal proposed by the National church of zero Lutheran carbon emission by 2050! Submitted by: Gail Tremain and Louis Giguère- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Coquitlam’s Council Member and Caretaker, retiredRead more
Posted: July 20, 2020
Q2 2020 saw engagement with 25 companies held within our portfolio. Themes discussed included Covid -19, Climate Transition, Decent Work & Human Rights and Reconciliation. A full report by company is available here .Read more
Posted: June 10, 2020
Appointment On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Lee Gould as Executive Director (E.D.) of ELFEC, effective June 1, 2020. Jeff Pym, our E.D. since the foundation was established in 2007, announced in 2019 that he would be retiring effective June 30, 2020. Since January the ELFEC Board of Directors has been engaged in a thorough search for a suitable successor, and in Lee Gould we believe we have found the leader who can guide ELFEC through the future phases of its growth, development and service. Lee is an accomplished and experienced not-for-profit executive, having spent three decades working in the sector. For the past seven years he was President and CEO of the Canadian Medical Foundation. Prior to that he held senior leadership positions at Lakehead University and several hospital foundations. Lee has already begun a period of orientation with the ELFEC staff. Kathryn Smith, Krista Kuehnbaum and Jeff will spend the next few weeks introducing Lee to the programs and people who make ELFEC’s mission both exciting and rewarding. Please join us in offering our appreciation to Jeff Pym for his dependable, visionary leadership through more than a decade of steady growth and his service to the church at large. You can continue to reach ELFEC staff at 1-888-308-9461. Lee Gould: lgould@elfec.ca Kathryn Smith: ksmith@elfec.ca Krista Kuehnbaum: kkuehnbaum@elfec.ca Bill Gastmeier, Chair Peter Brivins, Vice-Chair Al Hansen Rev. JoAnne Lam Gary VanMoerkerke Erin ZorziRead more
Posted: April 23, 2020
"The recovery from the COVID - 19 pandemic will reshape the Canadian economy from top to bottom. Those of us who hold a vision of fairness and sustainability can embed these values in the economic recovery." Anthony Schein, Director of Shareholder Advocacy, SHARE Q1 2020 saw engagement with 13 companies held within our portfolio. Themes discussed included Climate Transition, Decent Work & Human Rights and Water. A full report by company is available here .Read more
Posted: March 23, 2020
We are proud to support the work of Dr May Joy Philip. Earlier this year we received a grant application from Martin Luther University College to support the sabbatical project of Dr. Mary Joy Philip, Associate Professor of Lutheran Global Theology and Mission. During her time away from teaching responsibilities, Joy plans to travel to Liberia, Indonesia and South Africa, collecting stories from mothers and grandmothers in the third world countries/global south on weather prediction, climate change, the earth and the environment. The result of her visits will be several different resources on care for the environment, designed for use in worship, children's ministries and university classrooms. Funds approved from the David Pfrimmer Social Justice Fund to support this work because it addresses our environmental strategic priority. You may be interested in this brief story , which recently appeared in the LWF weekly newsletter.Read more
Posted: January 23, 2020
Q4 2019 saw engagement with 8 companies held within our portfolio. Themes discussed included Climate Transition, Governance and Decent Work. A full report by company is available here . Responsible Investment for a Sustainable, Inclusive and Productive economyRead more
Posted: January 9, 2020
Due to the pending retirement of our incumbent Executive Director, our Board of Directors is searching for an experienced, dynamic leader who can guide the organization through its next phase of growth. ELFEC is a faith-based charitable foundation based in Kitchener, Ontario. We have two primary program areas: responsible investing and gift planning . Interested persons are invited to find more information for this full time position and submit an application through the Charity Village website . The application deadline is March 1, 2020, with the successful candidate expected to begin employment on June 1.Read more

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