What is the Humboldt Broncos’ Memorial Fund Inc (HBMFI)?
Who governs the HBMFI?
The HBMFI is overseen by a seven-member board of directors:
- Darrin Duell – Director, Chair and Treasurer
- Kevin Garinger – Director, Vice Chair
- Randolph MacLean – Director, Secretary
- Robert Eichorst – Director
- Jay Fitzsimmons – Director
- Dalyn Graf – Director
- Kathleen Keen – Director
A special advisory committee will make recommendations to the board of directors regarding the distribution of funds. All officers, directors, committee members, and advisors will serve without compensation and all services necessary for the operation of the HBMFI will be contributed free of charge.
The five proposed candidates for the advisory committee are:
- Dennis Ball, a retired Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench judge.
- Mark Chipman, chairman of the company that owns the Winnipeg Jets hockey team.
- Former Olympic hockey gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser.
- Dr. Peter Spafford of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine.
- Kevin Cameron, executive director of the Canadian Centre For Threat Assessment And Trauma Response.
What percentage of the money raised will go to the 29 families involved in this tragedy?
The GoFundMe page raised a total of $15,174,900. After the deduction of GoFundMe’s fees, which are necessary to cover the cost of third-party (credit) card processors, and the safe and secure transfer of funds (2.9% plus 30 cents per donation), the net amount which HBMFI will distribute is $14,676,373,94. 100% of this amount will go to the the 29 families involved in this tragedy.
Where is the money right now?
When will the funds be distributed?
100% of the funds will be distributed to the 29 families as quickly, efficiently and fairly as possible. The HBMFI’s board of directors and advisory committee will first need to present recommendations to a Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench judge, detailing the plan for fair and equitable distribution of the fund. Upon approval from the Queen’s Bench, a timeline will be created to facilitate the court-approved plan.
What is the Government of Saskatchewan’s “Informal Public Appeals Act”?
In 2015, the Government of Saskatchewan enacted law regarding crowdfunding donations known as The Informal Public Appeals Act. This legislation provides guidance and rules around funds raised through public appeals, such as a GoFundMe page. The Act dictates that these types of funds are subject to a trust, and that the funds are to be used for the purpose communicated in the appeal. It also provides clarity as to the governing law and authority that applies to such a trust, and provides for broad rights to various stakeholders to apply to court to enforce the terms of the trust. Finally, the Act provides clarity around the duties and powers of trustees.
While the HBMFI will work as quickly as possible, this legal process merits careful attention and should not be rushed.
For a summary of the Informal Public Appeals Act, please click here.
Can I donate to the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc?
Humboldt Strong Community Foundation
600, 105 – 21st Street East
Please note that only fundraisers, benefits or initiatives directing proceeds to the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation will be considered as endorsed, sanctioned by or held in conjunction with the Humboldt Broncos organization. The Broncos cannot, and will not, be able to verify the legitimacy of any other event or the disbursal of funds raised by other such events.
What’s the difference between the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund Inc and the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation?
The Humboldt Strong Community Foundation (HSCF) was created to manage ongoing donations received after April 18th 2018 and will operate indefinitely. More information on the HSCF will be provided as soon as it is available.