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Mayor Regina proposes that governments create reserve funds for community projects

Mayor Regina proposes that governments create reserve funds for community projects

Regina’s mayor is proposing that governments create money bags for community projects, as numerous organizations launch fundraising campaigns to complete capital projects.

The YWCA is the latest non-profit in Regina to launch a fundraising campaign, with an additional $4.5 million needed to complete the new building.

“We have launched our public phase of our campaign. We have a beautiful website, hereforher.ca,” explained YWCA Regina CEO Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen.

The Y is one of many social organizations currently in need of capital financing.

“The Globe Theatre continues to raise money, the North Central Family Centre continues to raise money, and the Mental Health Association continues to raise money to revitalize their buildings,” Mayor Sandra Masters told reporters on Wednesday.

The city provided land to the YWCA and $5 million in project funding. Other governments also contributed.

Masters thinks about the best way to finance future projects.

“One of our conversations with other levels of government is about providing funding pools for nonprofits, and a library would be a great example from a community interest perspective,” she explains.

“You know, we just keep advocating for keeping those money bags available for these really great projects.”

The YWCA has not asked the city for additional help, but is instead turning to community donors, joining a list of organizations struggling with higher-than-expected construction costs.