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Community Foundations in Canada

What is a Community Foundation?

Canada's community foundations are a national network of public foundations created by and for urban and rural communities to provide lasting support for local priorities. Community foundations are recognized sources of knowledge about local issues and are trusted for their ability to expertly manage donors' funds. Community foundations are one of Canada's largest grantmakers.

Canada's first community foundation was established in Winnipeg in 1921.Today there are more then 160 community foundations across Canada, offering a variety of ways to make a personal difference through philanthropic giving and providing support specific to individual communities.

Each community foundation is autonomous, but they are linked and supported by Community Foundations of Canada, their national membership organization.

Learn more about Community Foundations of Canada and its role.

All Community Foundations have 3 special features: