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What is a Community Foundation?

Canada’s Community Foundations build community vitality and resiliency in a variety of ways:

  • We grant funds to a wide range of organizations and initiatives. Our annual community grants program is an open call for applications. Deadline: September 30
  • We work with people and our partners to stimulate new ideas, build participation and strengthen philanthropy. We call this ‘leadership.’
  • We celebrate relationships and encourage everyone to get involved in community. We cultivate a ‘sense of belonging.’
  • We work with donors and our partners to understand the philanthropy from a variety of viewpoints.
  • We invite others to the table to share their time, talents and treasure.
  • We encourage giving of all shapes and sizes. Sometimes we seek gifts to support immediate community needs and are funnelled through the foundation in the form of community grants. Sometimes donors prefer making gifts that will be invested in an endowment fund thus ensuring a vibrant future for community groups the support ‘the next generation.’

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Together we help Canadians invest in making our communities better places to live, work and play. More than 85% of Canadian communities have access to a community foundation – from our largest cities to our smallest towns. Collectively we hold combined assets of more than $4.6 billion and we’ve put hundreds of millions back into communities over our 94-year history.

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