Georgina Geldert with her great-granddaughter Lyla.

Georgina Geldert has donated to many charities throughout her life. She heavily researches the causes she’s interested in before contributing and has been a big supporter of Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, and many initiatives involving the arts.

One cause that’s particularly close to her heart is opportunities for children and youth. As one of four children in a single parent family in the early 1940s, Georgina was no stranger to struggle.

“I understand how important it is, especially for children, to have their basic needs met and to be accepted by their peers. Poverty is a huge roadblock for some children, especially in getting an education, and that is still very true today.”

When Georgina learned about the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, she found a new way to support the many causes she cares about. Before long she became a proud champion of community foundations and decided to designate a donation in her will to CFNS, knowing it will allow her to give back in many ways by helping communities help themselves.

What Georgina likes most about the community foundation model is that it allows funds to stay right in the place where they’re needed most and be controlled by the people who benefit directly from them.

“It’s good for self-esteem for people to be able to help themselves. It gives them a sense of ownership and they take pride in what they’re doing,” she says. “It puts ownership back in the community so they can make a decision that’s best for them.”

If you’re interested in leaving a gift like Georgina, talk to your financial advisor or contact us at 902-490-9916 or to find out how you can. You can also make a donation any time online via our CanadaHelps page.

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