Charities Join Forces for Glenaladale

john-robinson-mary-j-gallant-margaret-mceachernGlenaladale Heritage Trust and the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island have formalized their relationship to assist the Trust with its capital campaign to purchase the nationally significant 529-acre Glenaladale Estate in Tracadie, PEI. The Glenaladale Estate is the last intact personal estate of the early proprietors of the Island, and was home to two persons of national historic significance: Capt John MacDonald and Sir William C. Macdonald.

Chair of the Trust Mary J. Gallant expressed her appreciation to CFPEI co-President John Robinson. “The Community Foundation is an important lever for charities to raise funds and we are so pleased they recognize the importance of Glenaladale. We recently launched a “Buy-A-Brick” campaign to give everyday people a direct involvement in this project; through CFPEI we hope to draw in the larger donations to bring our plans to fruition. The goal is to bring Glenaladale back to life as an active centre focused on education, environmental and agricultural research, culture and heritage–a Home for all.”

Gallant continued, “This also allows us to accept donations from people in the US – potentially very significant given the strong ties between PEI and the ‘Boston States.’ PEI is known for having a large diaspora – you know that expression about our greatest export being our brainpower– and Glenaladale will give these visitors a sense of ‘home’ when they are here.”

“We are very pleased to add Glenaladale Heritage Trust to our portfolio,” Robinson added. “The Trust has a unique and timely vision for the property, and have wisely recognized the need for donations to not just purchase the Estate but also to establish an endowment to assist with sustainability.”

“There are so many layers to the story of the people connected to Glenaladale, and to the property and our plans for it, that it’s very easy to be passionate about this project,” commented Margaret McEachern, Treasurer of the Trust. “We realize the magnitude of what we are taking on, but we also know that as people have become more familiar with the property and our vision for it, that passion has become contagious. We believe that together we can do this, and look forward to hearing from anyone who is willing to assist us, either financially or in other ways.”

Part of a national network of community foundations, CFPEI helps to strengthen communities by connecting donors to local needs. The Foundation is able to ensure donors’ investments have a lasting impact. Glenaladale Heritage Trust Inc was incorporated in 2015 and received charitable status in 2016. For further information on Glenaladale visit the Trust’s website at http://www.glenaladalepei.com email glenaladalepei@gmail.com or call 902-676-2508. The Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island can be reached by phone at 902-892-3440 or 1-800-566-7307; email cfpei@pei.aibn.com .

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