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Cambridge group targeting social change will close due to lack of funding

The Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries has been in the region for 30 years
Photo by Ben Eppel

The closure is a result of the decrease in available grant programs and cutbacks from funding sources.

Groups such as the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, rely on organizations like the SPCCND to provide analysis, research, data and reports to effectively target their efforts.

Jake Kiefer, President of the Board of Directors, SPCCND, says the closure is a product of traditional streams of funding drying up.

"We've faced an uphill battle after the change in provincial government with a lot of our Trillium grants going to the wayside, and unavailable to us. We also had our United Way funding cutback and restricted. And there's just no guarantee of core funding from the City of Cambridge who for the longest time was one of our key core funders."

Kiefer notes the decision to close was a difficult one.

"I've been involved with the organization for over five years now, and it's really the staff and volunteers who were already part of the organization and who continue to be part of the organization that inspired me to give my time and work on and help to address these agencies that are out there, battling poverty, battling adiction and trying to address social well-being issues."

While Kiefer says the closure will be a tremendous loss for the community, he is hopeful the Region will rally together to address the void.

On February 27, the SPCCND will host an event to celebrate 30 years of service.

You can learn more about the event and the closure of the organization here.


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