Made Possible with a Gift of $30,000 from Adeline and Joseph Bulger

Builds on Existing Legacy Gifts Program at Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

Cornerstone chair Marilou Martin, siblings Dan Bulger and Kim Bulger (with her partner Russell Sheridan), and Cornerstone executive director Nancy Johnston.

Article/image by John Campbell

Cobourg – Thurs., June 22, 2023 – Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre achieved another milestone in its 40-year history with the announcement this week that it has established its first ever endowment program.

Its creation, which builds on the organization’s existing Legacy Gifts program, was made possible with a lead gift of $30,000 the agency was given by the family of Adeline and Joseph Bulger in their parents’ memory.

Cornerstone chair Marilou Martin said “the addition of long-term funds ensures reliable, sustainable funding for the future of the agency. It also allows individuals a meaningful way to honour and recognize loved ones while ensuring enduring impact.”

The Adeline and Joseph Bulger Children’s Fund replaces the children’s fund that Joseph set up in his wife’s name after she passed away in 2011, “to reflect her sense of justice, work ethic, and dedication to family and community,” Martin said.

Following the passing of their father years later, the Bulger family decided to continue the legacy of support with a children’s fund bearing the names of both parents, as the two shared a love “for helping children and creating opportunities for those in hard situations.”
“My parents would be extremely proud that the children’s fund is going to continue in a very productive and promising way to protect our community” and its vulnerable members, Dan Bulger said.

Martin said Cornerstone will accept additional contributions from the family as well as from the public to support its children and youth initiatives.
“We are starting a new chapter for the organization,” she said.

“We don’t have enough money come in from the province to sustain the number of women and children who require the services that we can deliver,” Martin said in an interview after the official launch of the fund held June 20 in Cobourg, so having an endowment fund to help cover the costs of “things that we are going to need in the future is just amazing.”

Dan’s sister Kim Bulger helps to celebrate the launch of Cornerstone’s Endowment by cutting the cake. Photo submitted

“We do a lot of fundraising and that helps to sustain the organization,” she continued, but Cornerstone has more beds in its shelter than are funded and it operates at capacity (18 beds) all the time.
“We always have those we can’t service every year because we don’t have enough space.”

Providing programs for children is important because of the impact domestic violence has on their lives, Martin said.

The Bulger family specifically requested the money be used in “making sure children can still be children.”
After their father passed away “we just wanted to do a sustained initiative to support kids, whether it be camping or other programs here, so they would have an opportunity to be relieved from the everyday worries they experience and have a chance to foster friendships and have some fun,” Dan Bulger said after the announcement.

“That’s really, really important to us as siblings that that legacy will continue on,” he said. “after we’re long gone.”

Kim Bulger said the family is “thrilled” the endowment fund will go directly to children’s programming “to support kids that are vulnerable.”
Domestic violence remains a serious problem requiring significant resources to address but “the endowment fund is reason for optimism” that the challenge will be met, Martin said.

Cornerstone is an accredited agency whose services include shelter, counselling, housing support, and prevention through a support system “that inspires hope, creates safety, and fosters resilience,” it says.

To learn more about Cornerstone and how to donate, visit cornerstonenorthumberland.ca.

 

 

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