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Regional Diversity Roundtable Celebrates OTF Grant at Member Meeting

Submitted to Just Sayin' Caledon

On Wednesday, local MPP Natalia Kusendova attended Regional Diversity Roundtable (RDR)’s virtual member meeting and heard more about the Resilient Communities Fund grant of $98,700 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation which supported the hire of a dedicated fundraising professional to develop in implement a sustainable fundraising plan for RDF’s organizational recovery and growth following COVID-19.

“I am pleased that our government allocated $98,700 to the Regional Diversity Roundtable organization (RDR) through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Thanks to this grant, the RDR was able to hire a committed fundraiser who created and implemented a sustainable fundraising plan,” said MPP Natalia Kusendova. “This funding will allow RDR to teach individuals the value of social justice, resilience, and diversity. By incorporating diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) concepts into their everyday lives, practices, policies, and services, they assist the Halton Peel community, and organizations in achieving their sustainability objectives. Through research, policy work, and training, the Regional Diversity Roundtable contributes to fulfilling the goal of offering suitable services to individuals from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds in my riding of Mississauga Centre and the Halton Peel Region.”

The OTF grant, received in Spring 2022, supported the hire of a fundraising professional to lead the Aspiration to Action Fundraising Project, which included the creation of an action plan, development of a solid donor database, listing of current and potential funding sources and implementation of the plan using a range of promotional methods to achieve identified financial goals and outcomes tied to the organization’s strategic plan.

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be overstated,” said Varsha Naik, Executive Director, Regional Diversity Roundtable. “Funding and sustainability are a key focus for the organizational development plan, and thanks to this grant we have been able to explore fundraising streams in the current covid context to further RDR’s operational growth and stability.”

Every month, RDR’s member meeting is dedicated to an emerging DEI issue in Peel and beyond. For this meeting, distinguished resilient women whose work advances diversity, equity and inclusion in Peel were invited to commemorate Women’s History Month, with MPP Natalia Kusendova attending and addressing our members on resilient women in Peel.

The Regional Diversity Roundtable (RDR) is a federally recognized charitable organization, known for its commitment to building an equitable and inclusive community. RDR Peel helps communities, individuals and organizations reach their sustainability goals by integrating anti-racist, anti-oppressive (ARAO), along with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) principles in their daily practices, policies and services. We are Ontario’s and more specifically, Peel’s go-to experts for capacity building, community building, research, policy advocacy, education, DI audits and ARAO-DEI training. We currently serve more than 50+ members from the service sector in Peel. For more information on our organization, please visit our website:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grantmaking in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Visit to learn more.

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