Community Foundations in Canadian Philanthropy

July 2021 – Representation of Community Foundations in Canadian Philanthropy

One hundred years ago, Canada’s first community foundation was set up in Winnipeg. Today more than 90% of Canadian communities have access to a community foundation. At the national level, they are supported by the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), founded in 1992 to create a national network to connect and support community foundations that were previously working independently.
Since then, Canadian community foundations have launched many initiatives to better respond to community needs. From Vital Signs, launched in Toronto in 2001, to aligning their data sets with Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals in 2017, to being selected by the federal government to act as a vehicle to distribute emergency funds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, these philanthropic actors are often misunderstood.
This Special Edition covers work on community foundations from across the country. For the occasion, PhiLab has also launched a three-part podcast series, the first episode of which interviews three Western Canada community foundation leaders to try to better understand the role community foundations play in the Canadian philanthropic landscape.
We hope you enjoy reading this special issue, led by the Western Hub, on the important work that community foundations and other organizations in the philanthropic sector are doing.
Enjoy your reading!


July 2021 Newsletter: Representation of Community Foundations in Canadian Philanthropy

Newsletter content

  • Special Edition: Representation of Community Foundations in Canadian Philanthropy
  • Next Special Edition: September 2021 – Profiling respectful community-based research
  • News from our Hubs
  • News from our Members
  • Featured Philanthropy Profile
  • Alliance Article of the Month

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