No. The entire 2013 campaign was planned and carried out by Society volunteers with the assistance of our Executive Director. In the early stages of the campaign we also received some financial assistance from the provincial government to hire an assistant to organize the campaign database. There is a small fee charged by Canada Helps for processing on-line donations, but overall more than 99.9% of all donations go into the fund where they stay and earn interest.
Yes. The fund is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Eastern Shore from Lawrencetown to Ecum Secum in perpetuity. Because the fund supports the work of the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society and the Society works collaboratively with the area’s other heritage organization, the fund benefits all communities within this area.
The Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society’s was incorporated in 1995 following a community effort to save a local landmark, the Hosking Store (c.1894), which was scheduled for demolition. The store was dismantled and placed in storage while Society planned its next move.
In 2000, after a successful planning and fundraising campaign involving all three levels of government and the community, the Society opened Memory Lane Heritage Village as a community owned and operated heritage attraction on 4 acres of donated land – with the Hosking Store as the entrance to the Village. Two years after opening, Memory Lane Heritage Village was completed with sixteen representative local buildings rescued and restored to their 1940-1950 appearances.
A few years later, the Society established the Eastern Shore Archives a provincially accredited archive and the only one serving the coastal communities east of Lawrencetown to the Halifax County line. Both the Village and the Archives are now widely recognized for their heritage preservation excellence, as well as their vital role in attracting visitors to the Eastern Shore. The Society has also taken a lead role in helping other heritage groups in the area through collaborative archival initiatives such as the Eastern Shore Heritage Calendar and the Eastern Shore Heritage Network.
All donations, in whatever form, can be anonymous or they can be recognized. Should you want your donation to be anonymous contact the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia (CFNS) directly and they will respect your privacy.
If you would like your donation to be recognized, there are a number of options ranging from a message card in the Donor Message Register, to a plaque on our Founders Wall, to a major sponsorship of an entire building.
Donations do not have to be cash. Donations can be made in the form of shares, real estate, insurance policies and bequests written into your will. Through Community Foundation of Nova Scotia (CFNS) we have access to expert, up-to-date advice on all tax matters so that donors receive all the tax benefits to which they are entitled. For more detailed information please review our Ways to Donate.
Yes, the Eastern Shore Archives is doing this work entirely with volunteer labour. However, the volunteer effort is not enough to capture what will potentially be lost. We need dedicated staff to focus on this work along with our volunteers in order to capture as much information before it is too late. Since we strive for excellence in our archival work, trained and experienced staff will allow us to work quickly, and with full time effort. Until the fund reaches the level needed to produce a full-time salary, the interest earned is put twards the Eastern Shore Archive's volunteer work and as a leveraging amount to gain other grants for archival preservation.
An endowment fund is a legally registered fund that prudently invests a fund’s capital so that the income from its investments can be used in perpetuity to help support a specific organization, in this case the non-profit Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society
The Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society is the sole beneficiary (i.e. the only recipient) of the Eastern Shore Heritage Preservation Endowment Fund whose goal is to preserve in perpetuity the heritage of the Eastern Shore from Lawrencetown to Ecum Secum. The fund is professionally managed and administered on behalf of the Heritage Society by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia (CFNS). CFNS was chosen by the Heritage Society to manage and administer its endowment fund because of their widely recognized expertise in managing endowment funds on behalf of many organizations like ours.