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!
- Editorial – Community Foundations in Canada: A century of making communities stronger, more resilient, and sustainable, by Lynn Gidluck, Western Hub Co-supervisor
- PhiLab Podcast Ep.1: Community Foundations in Western Canada
- Infographic: Canadian Community Foundations at a Glance, by Lynn Gidluck, Western Hub, Graphic design by Sare Nalbantoğlu Aslankılıç
- Making Post-Secondary Education Possible in a Pandemic, by David Peacock and Sandra Ngo, Western Hub
- 211 Rises to the Challenge: A COVID-19 Success Story, by Lynn Gidluck and Kristen Nelson, Western Hub
- The Role of Community-led Grassroots Organizations During COVID-19 and Beyond, by Jasleen Brar, Western Hub
- Interview: Dr. Megan Conway, Executive in Residence at Capacity Canada, by Clarine Mukendi, Western Hub
- Interview: Andrew Chunilall, Chief Executive Officer of Community Foundations Canada, on their work with the SDGs, by Manuel Litalien, Ontario Hub
- Pullback Podcast: Interview with Steven Ayer – The Fallout from COVID-19, by Kristen Pue and Kyla Hewson, Ontario Hub
- Book chapters from Philanthropic Foundations in Canada
- Chapter 10: Community foundations at work: Mobilizing and connecting place-based philanthropy, by Laurel Carlton and Sara Lyons
- Chapter 11: Vancouver Foundation: Fostering meaningful engagement with Youth, by Natalie Ord
- Chapter 12: Centraide’s Collective Impact Project: Poverty reduction in Montréal, by Nancy Pole and Myriam Bérubé
- The Evolution of Community-based Philanthropy: Initial Insights into a Comparison of Community Foundation Peak Organizations by Leigha McCarroll, Megan Conway, Susan Phillips and Alexandra Williamson, Ontario Hub and International Research Unit – Australie
- Event coverage – Indigenous Community Foundations: Filling the Void, by Peter R. Elson, Western Hub
- How to ensure your charity donations truly help your local community, by Brady Reid, Atlantic Hub, published by The Conversation Canada
- Video: Keynote speaker: Andrew Chunilall, CFC, Ontario Hub 2021 Regional Conference
July 2021 Newsletter: Representation of Community Foundations in Canadian Philanthropy
- Special Edition: Representation of Community Foundations in Canadian Philanthropy
- Next Special Edition: September 2021 – Profiling respectful community-based research
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- News from our Members
- Featured Philanthropy Profile
- Alliance Article of the Month