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Local charities can receive funding through new foundation

By Regis Phillips Jan 4, 2024 | 12:57 PM

Charities in the Saint John region have the chance to receive funding from the Entrepreneurs Who Care (EWC) Foundation.

Local entrepreneur Terri-Ann Richards came up with the idea of EWC with two things in mind: the chance to create a meaningful impact within the Saint John region and networking with other entrepreneurs who share the same goals.

“Being in business for over 20 years, one of the common things you see is being in rooms with other like-minded people, but there was always this interject piece that was missing, and that piece is impact,” said Richards.

“Entrepreneurs, the way they think and look at the world, it’s very outside of the box, and we’re always trying to figure out how to make things bigger and better, and one of the things that has always come to mind for me is how do you make more impact in the community.

“As a solo entrepreneur and business owner over the years, you can only do so much for the community, but together with the right-minded people combing our resources to make an impact in the community, we are able to make such a larger ripple effect, and that was the birthing idea of Entrepreneurs Who Care.”

Richards teamed up with fellow entrepreneur Glen Hicks, the co-founder of USTATION, a workspace located in Saint John that allows independent and small group work for business owners.

Entrepreneurs who sign up for EWC will meet at USTATION every quarter on the third Wednesday of the month. Each member will commit to donating $100 or more at every meetup, and they will have the chance to say what charities mean to them.

Two charities are invited to share their stories, members then vote for the charity that speaks to them and the charity they vote for is the one they send their money to.

“So both charities walk away winning! That’s our entrepreneurial spin,” added Richards.

The first meeting is Wednesday, January 17th. More details can be found by clicking here.