Our Purpose

We believe in a future that is bright; a future that is just and sustainable; a future that is not the status quo; and we’re building a movement that connects community foundations, partners and Canadians to make this future a reality.

Our network of 191 community foundations operates across Canada. From coast to coast to coast, through grassroots relationships and bold coalitions, we work to create systems-level change on the issues that matter to Canadians.


Together, we are relentlessly pursuing a future where everyone belongs.

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Shifting power

We have a responsibility to shift power to those who best know the needs of our communities, as well as ensure diverse voices are at the table where important decisions about our future are being made.
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Strengthening community

Resilient communities are strong communities. Investing and supporting all facets of community and civic life is at the core of who we are.
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Taking the long view

We have the opportunity of taking the long view. The capacity to work nimbly and collaboratively toward systemic change.
Research shows the arts are a crucial element of belonging

Research shows the arts are a crucial element of belonging

We work in partnership on a wide range of issues that matter to Canadians

We work in partnership on a wide range of issues that matter to Canadians

Advancing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): We are stronger together

Advancing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): We are stronger together

About our work

Community Foundations of Canada was founded in 1992 to support and connect community foundations working across Canada. The "movement" of community foundations has since grown considerably. Today, more than 90% of Canadian communities have access to a community foundation. Collectively our network stewards combined assets of more than $5.8 billion and we’ve put hundreds of millions back into communities. We champion the issues that matter to Canadians.

As a national leadership organization, we also act as a convenor, thought leader and partner to help make our communities stronger, more resilient and sustainable. We partner with organizations across sectors to unlock a wide range of opportunities, extending from social finance and impact investing, to helping Canada progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or mobilizing community data and knowledge. Explore our initiatives and topics to learn more about our work and the issues we care about. 

About our work