The Keri Chase Foundation

For Animal Welfare

Care and Help of Animal Safety Everyday

(A registered Canadian Charity)




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Updated to February 09, 2022

Keri Coleen Chase

1959 - 2001

What was this Foundation?

The Keri Chase Foundation was formed as a non-incorporated registered charity under Section 149(1)(f) of the Income Tax Act and received its registration number effective February 21, 2002.  The effective date of operations is January 1, 2002.  Our Registered Charitable Organization Number (86547 5719 RR0001) was maintained until December 31, 2018 when it was relinquished.

Why was this Foundation Formed?

This registered Charitable Foundation was formed in memory of Keri Coleen Chase, who died in a tragic auto accident on November 24, 2001.  Keri was born in Thunder Bay and through her short life of 42 years was forever salvaging injured and stray animals and birds of every description and either finding them homes, or returning them to the wild from which they came.  At the age of 14, she had her first colt to save and since then, it has been a steady stream of animals that needed her, and her undemanding love.  Her love of animals has been an inspiration to everyone that knew her.

What was the purpose of this Foundation?

The purpose of the Foundation was to build a fund, the income from which was be used to provide financial assistance to qualified donees providing care, assistance and shelter to stray, lost and injured domestic animals, birds and wildlife in the Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada area.  The Trustees built a fund over the years to impact on a future projects of animal welfare in the name of the Foundation.  The Foundationís goal since inception was to donate annually about 1/2 of its fund raising and retain 1/2 of the fundraising to create a long term investment, the income from was used to support animal welfare organizations in the future and to keep the memory of Keri Chase alive.

How did the Foundation raise its funds?

The Foundation had a number of fund raising events through the years and details of these events can be obtained by clicking on the Foundation's history.


How much of the profits were used for charitable purposes?

The Foundation had a minimal amount of overhead, which was mainly stationery and postage.  All of the services provided by the Foundation were on a volunteer basis.  Virtually 100% of our fundraising went to assist animals to meet our goals.

What organizations benefit from the Foundation's fundraising and how does this help animals and birds?

The Foundation supports many organizations in the Thunder Bay district that have the facilities to provide direct care to the animals and birds.  Our history of supporting these organizations can be found under Local Support.

Granting Process

On October 28, 2013, the Foundation ceased making direct support to local animal charities.  The Foundation has entered an agreement with the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and turned over its assets to that organization to manage the funds and provide annual grants to local animal charities.  Please click here for more information.

How do I know that the Foundation is legitimate?

The Foundation was a registered charity and maintained all of the required filings with Canada Revenue Agency.

What is the Current Status of the Foundation?

The Keri Chase Foundation actively existed from 2002 to 2016, at which time it started to wind down.  All remaining funds were donated to The Thunder Bay Community Foundation.  The Foundation officially revoked its charitable registration number on December 31, 2018.  The History of the Foundation has been created and can be read in a PDF file.  The History

How can I still support the goals of the Foundation?

Support can still be accepted by donating to The Thunder Bay Community Foundation and directing your donation to Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare Fund .  The Thunder Bay Community Foundation will issue a charitable donation receipt for your contribution.

If I wish to discuss the Foundation with anyone, how do I contact you?

For general information on this Canadian Registered Foundation
Ken Chase

Mailing Address

The Keri Chase Foundation

C/O Diane C. Chase, President

2003 Hollender Road

Gorham, Ontario.  P7G 0Z5

Madelene Chase - General Manager - (807) 577-9408
Ken Chase - Treasurer - (807) 683-0819
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