Resource Library

Welcome to our Resource Library! Whether you are a seasoned staff member or a new board member, our Learning Institute offers ongoing educational experiences and learning resources tailored to your — and your Community Foundation’s — needs.

We help leaders in the community philanthropy sector to identify important trends, seize emerging opportunities, strategically address risks, capitalize on new technologies and more. We provide useful and timely research, practical tools and tips and experiential learning opportunities designed to help you and your Community Foundation work better and achieve more.

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Managed fund agreement template

This PDF resource is a template of a managed fund…

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This PDF resource is a template of a managed fund agreement that you can use and/or modify to suit your foundation's requirements.

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Gifts of real estate

Making a charitable gift of real estate to a community…

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Making a charitable gift of real estate to a community foundation can help you turn a valuable asset into community good. Charitable gifts of real estate range from personal residences, vacation homes, rental properties, farmland, ecologically sensitive and commercially developed land.

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Gifts of appreciated securities

A gift of appreciated securities is one of the most…

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A gift of appreciated securities is one of the most tax effective ways to give. Eligible securities include publicly listed stocks, bonds, mutual fund units or exchange traded funds on approved stock exchanges in Canada and internationally. There is beneficial tax treatment of these gifts because they are exempt from capital gains tax.

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Cross-border giving FAQ

This resource answers some of the more common questions relating…

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This resource answers some of the more common questions relating to cross-border giving.

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Can a community foundation undertake charitable activities beyond grantmaking?

A community foundation’s charitable activity is primarily in making grants…

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A community foundation’s charitable activity is primarily in making grants to qualified donees, and its community leadership work. However, a community foundation may also be able to engage in direct program and service delivery enabling it to provide funding directly to an individual (for instance providing scholarships directly to students) or to an organization that is not a registered charity (for instance to a not-for-profit).

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Community foundation start-up manual

This manual is intended to serve as your guide as…

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This manual is intended to serve as your guide as you explore the “how to” of putting a community foundation together. In its presentation of ideas and practical advice, it also serves to highlight the past history and current activity of individual community foundations across Canada. It does so in order to demonstrate that every organization, no matter how successful, had to start somewhere.

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Addressing climate risk and investing in a low carbon…

This webinar examines various ways foundations can address climate risk…

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This webinar examines various ways foundations can address climate risk and invest in a low-carbon future across different asset classes. In addition to hearing about opportunities in public and private markets, the webinar will include examples from individual foundations on steps they have taken to address climate risk and invest in low carbon products across their portfolio.

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Community foundations participating in the RBC Future Launch Community…

The following list highlights the community foundations that are participating…

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The following list highlights the community foundations that are participating in the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, as well as the specific communities where they will accept applications. Youth in these communities are encouraged to team up with a partner organization (qualified donee) to submit an application by September 18, 2019.

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GenerationFlux: Understanding the seismic shifts that are shaking Canada’s…

In 2012, CFC collected disparate research from many sources to…

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In 2012, CFC collected disparate research from many sources to create a more complete picture of Canada’s young people. Under examination, the data told a story of massive economic, demographic and social shifts that have dramatically altered the landscape for Canadian youth.

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RBC Future Launch Community Challenge Applicant Guide EN

A useful guide that can help you prepare an application…

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Vital Signs and the SDGs: Exploring new data

In this webinar we will explore how to align your…

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Since 2015, a growing number of community foundations have aligned their Vital Signs to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the associated targets and indicators. In this webinar we will explore how to align your Vital Signs data collection to the SDGs, looking at indicator selection and identifying new data sources.

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and your community…

In this webinar, we will review the 2030 Agenda for…

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In September 2015, Canada joined 192 other UN member states in adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The federal government is now developing a national strategy to implement the Agenda in a way that makes sense for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. In this webinar, we will review the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its local relevance. We will also share information about an upcoming opportunity for community foundations to participate in a consultation process which will provide the federal government with community knowledge and recommendations for the development of the national strategy. The feedback will be used to inform the national strategy so that it truly reflects the needs of our communities.

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Data collection for your catchment area 101

This webinar helps you identify best practices to accurately describe…

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There are many ways that federal surveys measure your catchment area. To ensure the national data collection for your community foundation's Vital Signs is accurate, the definition of your catchment area needs to be consistent with federal measurements (CAs, CMAs, economic and health regions). Kyle Wiebe, Associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, will provide training on best practices to accurately describe your catchment area for the Vital Signs national data collection.

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The role of artificial intelligence in the philanthropic sector

Artificial Intelligence: What is it? How do we embrace it…

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A webinar exploring artificial intelligence: What is it? How do we embrace it for transformative social potential?

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Develop a winning digital engagement & social media strategy

This webinar explores a few essential steps for developing a…

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Are you looking to better connect your offline and online work? Reach donors? Grow awareness for your foundation’s work with new audiences? If you want to stand out online you’ll need a clear sense of what you want to achieve and how to go about it. This webinar explores a few essential steps for developing a winning digital and social media strategy and draws on great examples from our movement.

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Critical financial internal controls for community foundations (Part 5…

The final webinar in our financial stewardship series provides an…

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The final webinar in our financial stewardship series provides an overview on the importance of internal financial controls necessary for all community foundations. Employee risk, hiring practices, tracking financial systems and best practices will be featured.

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Reading and understanding community foundation financial statements and reports…

This webinar focuses on strengthening your financial understanding by reviewing…

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Financial statements have you boggled? This webinar focuses on strengthening your financial understanding by reviewing the various components of audited financial statements, key financial health metrics and internal financial reporting — budgets, board reports and responsibilities of the bookkeeper, treasurer and CFO.

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Tips for preparing your T3010 charitable tax returns —…

This screencast is an updated version of what hat you…

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This screencast is an updated version of what hat you need to know to successfully complete your foundation’s charitable tax return.

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Planned giving fundamentals Part III: Gift transfers and administration

This webinar has a special focus for finance staff and…

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This webinar has a special focus for finance staff and gift administrators at community foundations. What are the trends and key administrative strategies to accepting bequests in 2019 after the major change to the estate laws of Canada? Tips on accepting and administrating current gifts like securities and deferred gifts like life insurance will also be discussed. This session will exponentially increase your team’s capacity to support your leadership to foster major gift and planned giving growth at your Community Foundation.

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Community foundation gift agreements and fund types (Part 3…

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This session provides an overview of a key aspect of our work as community foundations — gift agreements and types of funds. This third Financial Stewardship webinar will give clarity on how restricted/unrestricted and endowed gifts are portrayed on financial statements, key provisions for gift agreements and restrictions on the various types of funds.

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Snapshot of Canada’s Community Foundation Movement (2017)

This resource presents an overview of the work of community…

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Land your key messages and tell your foundation’s story

Featuring relevant case studies and examples of success, this webinar…

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Do you struggle with how to tell the story of your community foundation’s work? Grapple with narrowing down your work into quotable quotes? Key messages are a critical part of public communication. Featuring relevant case studies and examples of success, this webinar will help you develop messaging that is memorable and tells the story of the great work you are doing.

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Community Foundations of Canada website beginner’s guide

Putting together a website for your foundation? Start with this…

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This resource offers a brief guide to updating, building or maintaining your first Community Foundations of Canada website.

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Suggested chart of accounts package

This resource will help with your T3010 Charity Return.

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This suggested chart of accounts has been designed to create a balance between providing useful management information and streamlining reporting on the T3010 Charity Return annually.

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Board roles and responsibilities

This webinar focuses on board members’ key responsibilities and maximizing…

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The key to a highly effective and engaged board is one that has clarity around roles, responsibilities and aligns their work and performance with organizational values and vision. This webinar focuses on board members’ key responsibilities, how to move boards out of operations and into the “big picture”, provide increased clarity on the roles of board members vs. the roles of paid staff and operational volunteers and how to create efficient board meetings.

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Planned Giving Fundamentals Part II: Donor Conversations and Working…

This webinar will outline the conversation strategy around gifts of…

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The biggest myth about planned giving is that it’s rooted in tax calculations. Not only is this an outdated definition, but having donor-centred conversations at a community foundation is totally different than the fundraising asks at most charities. This webinar will outline the conversation strategy around gifts of assets in life and through estate plans. The second half of the webinar will focus on the need and benefits of collaboration with professional advisors in law, tax, finance, insurance and estate planning and their ability to amplify your fund development efforts.

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Welcome to Community Foundations of Canada!

A great introduction if you are new to your community…

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Here is your opportunity to learn more about Community Foundations of Canada and its work with the community foundation network. Meet the team, hear about our strategies priorities, chat with our board chair and tour our resources. A great introduction if you are new to your community foundation as a staff or board member or you want a refresher!

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Good governance builds good boards

If you are a new board member, coming into your…

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If you are a new board member, coming into your role as a board chair or looking to up your governance learning, this webinar is for you! Participants will discover the principles of good governance, how strong governance creates strong organizations and the importance of communication.

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Effective financial stewardship in community foundations (Part 1 of…

West Vancouver Community Foundation Board Member and CPA Gordon Holley…

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Join us for the first in our five-part series of webinars focused on community foundation financial stewardship. Whether you are the treasurer, executive director or CFO, this webinar will introduce you to the key roles and responsibilities for healthy financial governance including risk management, board roles and responsibilities, and compliance.

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Planned giving 101 for community foundations Part I of…

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Join us for the first of a three-part series on planned giving, led by Paul Nazareth, VP, Canadian Association of Gift Planners. The webinar will cover the core components to ensuring a successful planned giving program for your community foundation.

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Cybersecurity: The legal and organizational landscapes

Cybersecurity expert Patrick Bourk and legal counsel Ruth Promislow join…

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How community foundations can engage with the Sustainable Development…

This document presents an overview of the SDGs and what…

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Community Foundations of Canada is one of several organizations from civil society (among other sectors) working on the SDGs. Large parts of the work we, as well as community foundations across the country, are already leading connects directly or indirectly to the 17 goals. At a strategic level, we are exploring ways to build collaboration and connection between sectors around the SDGs.

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Working with a community foundation

A one-page overview of how community foundations can work with…

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Types of charitable funds

This document presents an overview of types of funds available…

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This resource outlines the types of funds offered by community foundations for prospective donors.

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Supporting your charitable organization

This resource explains to donors how funds can support the…

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This resource explains to donors how funds can work with a community foundation to support the charity of their choice.

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Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Learn about the advantages of different types of educations funds.

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This resource, which is addressed to potential donors, explains the advantages of creating scholarships, bursaries and awards.

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What is a community foundation?

This is the “elevator pitch” to explain what a community…

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People often want the “elevator pitch” to explain a community foundation because we’re all familiar with single purpose charities who can explain their mission in one meaningful sentence. It’s a bit more complex for community foundations!

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Providing a gift in your will

Including a charitable bequest in a will is a simple…

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This resource is addressed to prospective donors and outlines the basics of how they can provide a gift in a will.

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How can we fund our operations?

Community foundations all have multiple sources of revenue, but what…

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Gifts of life insurance

Gifting a life insurance policy to a community foundation is…

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This resource outlines two different ways of donating life insurance and the tax advantages of each.

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Comparing three approaches to giving

Community foundation fund, commercial donor advised fund or a private…

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This resource outlines the key differences between community foundation funds, commercial donor advised funds and private foundations.

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Ten reasons to partner with a community foundation

This resource can be distributed to prospective donors

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This resource addresses the prospective donor question: "Why should I invest with a community foundation?"

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When Disaster Strikes: A webinar for community foundations

In this webinar, we review our disaster response guide and…

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As natural and human-made disasters unfortunately become a more frequent occurrence, CFC has created When Disaster Strikes: A guide for community foundations. Using the new guide, this webinar provides insight into the unique role of a community foundation in the preparation, response, recovery and rebuild phases of a disaster. You will also hear the lessons learned from two community foundations who have experienced a disaster in their community and how they become important community actors in helping heal their communities.

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Vital Signs and the Sustainable Development Goals

This webinar explores how your foundation might integrate the SDGs…

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We know that we use Vital Signs to learn about the state of our communities, and the issues affecting us locally. So how do the global Sustainable Development Goals relate to our Vital Signs work? We will discuss our new indicators that align with the goals, as well as strategies to further align your local research and report with the goals. We’ll hear from community foundations who have previously aligned their Vital Signs with the SDGs — how they did it, and what their plans for progression are.

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You’ve done Vital Signs — now what? Using your…

Engaging in the Vital Signs program (through reports and/or Conversations)…

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Engaging in the Vital Signs program (through reports and/or Conversations) teaches us a lot about our communities — how do we use that knowledge to affect change and lead to impact? In this webinar, we will discuss the many ways foundations can use their Vital Signs for impact. We will hear from a few experienced foundations on their strategies, with time for a discussion period and Q & A session.

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Establishing scholarships, bursaries and awards

An overview of the advantages, disadvantages and how-tos

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Designing your Vital Signs report

In this webinar we go over key elements of designing…

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In this webinar we go over key elements of designing a report that is easy to read and visually appealing. We offer high-level tips and tricks and highlight some great examples from our network.

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Communications strategies for community foundations participating in Vital Signs

In this webinar, we first do a brief overview of…

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In this webinar, we first do a brief overview of the basics of Vital Signs communications and then hear from communcations professionals in our movement (from foundations big and small) about specific strategies that have worked for them in the past. We hear from Miranda Hassell, Communications and Creative Services Coordinator, and Sasha Chabot-Gaspé, PR Coordinator from the Toronto Foundation. Miranda and Sasha discuss their successful communications strategies for their recent Vital Signs launch. We also have Nicole Gagliardi, Manager of Programs and Communications with the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough online to share the foundation’s strategy to use Vital Conversations as a key element of their communications and community engagement strategy.

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Engaging the next generation of philanthropists

Join Aneil Gokhale and Nicole Lilauwala of the Toronto Foundation…

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Learn about the genesis of the Toronto Foundation’s Vision 2020 Program, a new pilot project that brings together over 50 young Torontonians (millennials and gen-Xers) to develop the next generation of philanthropy. Our presenters will share the strategy that includes working with local leaders to generate solutions and engagement around a collective grantmaking process to address issues that matter to them. After two years, a new cohort of philanthropists will ‘graduate’ with the knowledge, experience and tools to create an effective philanthropic strategy of their own, with their own Permanent Donor Advised Fund. The presentation will also include a discussion on how this initiative could be scalable for smaller community foundations.</span> Presenters: Aneil Gokhale, Director, Philanthropy, Toronto Foundation; Nicole Lilauwala, Development Coordinator, Toronto Foundation

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Using data and research for your Vital Signs

This webinar will elaborate on the different types of data…

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This webinar goes over the various ways you can collect and use data for your Vital Signs program in 2018, both through our data collection partners (IISD) as well as from local sources.

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Working with professional advisors

This webinar features strategies for building a strong advisor network…

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Professional Advisors can be strong partners in expanding the reach of your community foundation to new donors. In this webinar, Diane Silva, Director Philanthropy, London Community Foundation and Anne Brayley, Senior Advisor Philanthropy, Toronto Foundation, will share their experiences of successful strategies to build a strong advisor network, and provide some practical tools for community foundations of all sizes.

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Engaging your community in Vital Signs

This webinar will go over best practices and how you…

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Engaging your community in Vital Signs is one of the most important pieces of your Vital Signs strategy. It is an important first step, and ongoing engagement can ensure the program is successfully received by your community. This webinar will go over  best practices and how you can engage your community through all phases of the program.

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When Disaster Strikes: A guide for community foundations

This resource details the different ways foundations can be prepared…

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This new guide provides a timely overview for community foundations and other community-minded organizations who are experiencing a disaster or want to be proactive about preparing their communities. This document provides insight into the unique role of a community foundation and outlines key ways they can contribute to supporting their community in the event of a disaster.

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Balanced Investing 2.0

A look at a new investing option for foundations

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Identifying the true donor

How to properly identify true donors for the Canada Revenue…

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This resource by the Canada Revenue Agency outlines some of the most common types of donations received by community foundations and identifies the true donor for tax purposes.

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An introduction to Vital Signs for community foundations

A look ahead at what's in store for community foundations…

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This webinar will outline the various ways your community foundation can engage with Vital Signs in 2018. We go over the timeline, resources and support available as well as the requirements to participate. If you are participating for the first time or still thinking about it, this webinar is for you!

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The Next 150: A national conversation on Canada and…

A report on the National conversation on Canada and the…

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The Next 150: A National Conversation on Canada and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was a day-long meeting hosted in Toronto on November 17 by Alliance 150, Canadian Council for International Co-Operation (CCIC) and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC). The event brought together the public, private and philanthropic sectors to reflect on what has come out of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and what can be done next to advance the country’s role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, slated for the year 2030.

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Webinar: Asset Mix Matters

How to maximize your impact with the right investments

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“An investor needs to do very few things right as long as he or she avoids big mistakes.” —Warren Buffett. Buffett would probably agree that following an inappropriate asset mix strategy is one of those big mistakes. In fact, some studies have suggested that asset mix is the most important decision in investing. The return differential between asset classes can be significant when compounded over long periods of time. As such, appropriately allocating funds to return seeking asset classes and managing risk within your asset mix can mean the difference between a foundation being able to make a real difference with its granting activities, or failing to have an impact at all. In this webinar, Andrew Johnson, CFA and Cameron Webster, CFA from Mawer Investment Management will provide their insight on the importance of implementing an appropriate asset mix strategy and how it can be used to address the short and long-term time frames of a foundation’s endowment portfolio.

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Cultivating Lifelong Donor Relations

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Donor Stewardship is a term that’s familiar to most who work in the charitable sector. For community foundations, good stewardship can have a deep meaning for our donors. This webinar explores what’s important for building lasting donor relationships at a community foundation, and how staff, board and other volunteers can participate in these activities.

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How to Make the Ask for Small Community Foundations…

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Community Foundation board members and volunteers are passionate supporters of the work of their local community foundation. They promote the grants program, share donor stories, and celebrate local community initiatives. But many shy away (or are very scared) from asking for financial support for the endowment. This two part webinar series takes the mystery out of making the ask and provides participants with a set of tools to make this aspect of being a board member or volunteer more comfortable and successful. Over the course of the two sessions, participants will each develop a simple ‘ask’ strategy that they can use themselves and share with their board.

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Impact Investing for Board Members

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Impact investing is gaining more and more traction within Canadian philanthropy, but many foundations still lack the right information and tools to get started. This webinar focuses on areas of interest for Board members and investment committee members of Canadian foundations of all sizes, types and levels of knowledge of impact investing. The webinar will unpack the “why” behind impact investing, dig deeper into strategies for success, and walk participants through how to use Impact Investing Guidebook and its resources specifically relevant to the board - from vision to governance to fiduciary issues.

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Impact Investing Guidebook Launch Webinar

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Impact investing is gaining more and more traction within Canadian philanthropy, but many foundations still lack the right information and tools to get started. This November, Purpose Capital, Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Community Foundations of Canada are co-hosting two webinars that will help foundations and their leadership use the newly created Impact Investing Guidebook to advance impact investing at their organization. This webinar will be useful for senior staff of Canadian foundations of all sizes, types and levels of knowledge of impact investing. The webinar will unpack the “why” behind impact investing, dig deeper into strategies for success, and walk participants through how to use Impact Investing Guidebook and its resources.

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Webinar: Board governance fireside chat with Victoria Grant (Part…

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Join Community Foundations of Canada for an online fireside chat with CFC board member Victoria Grant. Designed for Board members of community foundations, this screencast  will explore leadership topics that are essential to building strong organizational governance. This fireside chat will also focus on meaningful Board and stakeholder communications.

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How to Make the Ask for Small Community Foundations…

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Community foundation Board members and volunteers are passionate supporters community foundation work. These champions promote grant programs, share donor stories, and celebrate local community initiatives. But many Board members and volunteers shy away or are scared of asking for financial contributions to support the growth of endowments. This two-part webinar series takes the mystery out of making the ask and provides participants with a set of tools to make this aspect of being a Board member or volunteer more comfortable and successful. Over the course of these two webinar sessions, participants will develop a simple ‘ask’ strategy that they can use themselves and share with their Board.

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Impact Investing Guidebook for Canadian Foundations

A resource to help community foundations build out their impact…

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The Impact Investing Guidebook and accompanying resources are designed for community foundations large and small, with different capacity and levels of commitment. More specifically, these resources are meant to provide practical strategies and tactical support for executive directors and board members of foundations that are thinking about or beginning to make impact investments.

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Bringing Canadian Civil Society Together around the Sustainable Development…

A summary report of the first national conversation on Canada…

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The National Conversation on Canada and the SDGs was a day-long meeting hosted in Ottawa on June 27 by the Canadian Council for International Co-Operation (CCIC) and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), along with a number of co-convenors. The event brought together national and provincial civil society networks to discuss the United Nation’s agenda around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how it might be used as a unifying framework to align community-building efforts within Canada.

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Community Foundation Regulatory Checklist (2017)

A guide to legal and fiscal requirements for community foundations…

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Understanding the myriad tax and regulatory rules required to operate a community foundation is complex. This checklist provides a useful overview of the things to keep in mind in areas including operations, tax, finance and governance matters. 

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Directors and Officers Liability (2016)

Outlines the components of insurance for board members and the…

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A number of you have called CFC over the years asking a variety of questions about Directors and Officers Liability insurance: Should we have it? If so, how much coverage should we have? Is there a “group plan” available for CFC members? And what kind of D&O coverage do other CFC members have? This Tips and Tools will look at some general aspects of D&O liability insurance.

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Five Questions to Ask Your Investment Manager

From our partner at Mawer Investment Management.

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How do you ensure quality when making a purchase decision? Whether it’s a new car or a meal at a restaurant you’ve never tried before, the secret to making a smart decision comes down to knowing what questions to ask. Selecting an investment manager is no different. Not-for-profit boards and investment committees must practice care and diligence when selecting (or assessing) an investment manager. The following five question framework prepared by Mawer may be helpful for not-for-profits who are in the process of selecting an investment manager.

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Five Questions to Ask Your Investment Manager (2016)

From our partner at Mawer Investment Management.

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Professional Advisors eResource (2016)

An online guide for professional advisors to help with charitable…

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An online guide for professional advisors to help with charitable giving.

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Managing People and Their Work (2016)

The final webinar in our 3 part series will explore…

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Better Together: Working with Non-Qualified Donees (2016)

In many communities, there are few charities but many nonprofits.…

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Better Together: A Guide for Charity / Non-Charity Partnerships…

This handbook seeks to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of…

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In Canada, charitable organizations provide services that benefit the public and improve quality of life through activities related to education, religion, social issues, arts, and sports. The defining characteristics of a charity are that its purpose is beneficial to the community and it is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). When an organization receives charitable registration from the CRA, it is provided with a charitable number, which enables it to be tax exempt, apply for charitable funding and provide tax receipts. In this handbook, we refer to these organizations as charities. There are many groups, individuals and organizations whose purpose is beneficial to the community but who are not registered as charities with CRA. These may include informal community groups, societies, notfor-profit organizations and businesses. In this handbook, these are referred to as non-charities. Charities and non-charities will often partner to increase their impact in community. For example, a youth-serving charity may partner with a non-charity youth group to offer a summer camp program. The partnership enables the charity to reach more youth and allows the non-charity to provide activities that might not otherwise be available. If the partnership accesses charitable funding, specific guidelines must be followed. This handbook seeks to explain these guidelines, provide insights from community experience and promote examples of good practice. It strives to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the practice in compliance with CRA regulations so that charity and non-charity partnerships can be used to maximize community benefit.

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Getting the right people (2016)

The second of a three-part series on HR management for…

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Sustainable Food Systems — A Landscape Assessment for Canadian…

This report explores the current Canadian food system and highlights…

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This report explores the current Canadian food system and highlights key opportunities for funders to support work to drive significant and systemic impact in this field. There are three sections: an overview of the Canadian food system based on the perspective of select stakeholders, an assessment of the current national funding landscape through analysis of survey data, and detailed profiles of participating Canadian funding organizations.

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HR Policies and Practices the Backbone of Employee Management…

The first of a three-part HR management series being delivered…

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Sport and Belonging: A “how-to” for community foundations (2016)

In conjunction with our Vital Signs report on Sport and…

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In conjunction with our Vital Signs report on Sport and Belonging, we have developed this guide to help community foundations explore this approach in your community.

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Sport & Philanthropy Toolkit (2016)

This resource is a playbook for sport organizations and community…

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Approximately 85% of Canadians believe that sport participation builds stronger communities, and 28% of adults and 50% of children participate in sport every year. While the average volunteer-run organization receives 49% of their funding from the government, sport organizations on average receive only 12%. This represents a large, yet untapped, opportunity. Thankfully, things have changed and the True Sport Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada are here to help. This resource is a playbook for sport organizations and community foundations that are interested in working together to unlock funding for community benefit. It outlines the steps for sport organizations to start a partnership, presents two types of partnership models and shares ‘Pro Tips’ along the way.

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Deed of Gift Template (2016)

Formally known as Creating a Good Fund Agreement, this template…

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A Deed of Gift (also known as a fund agreement) is an important part of the work within a community foundation. This resource outlines how to create a template to use with your donors.

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Taking the pulse of community foundation food activity across…

A follow up to our national 2013 Vital Signs report…

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As a follow up action to our national 2013 Vital Signs report Fertile Ground and with support from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada conducted a survey of our network in 2015 to better understand where and how community foundations support and provide leadership around food activity in their community. This publication aims to develop a deeper knowledge of our network and shares stories of progress unfolding across the country to inspire further action. The report also explores some challenges on the road ahead and looks at opportunities for community foundations to continue to engage around community knowledge, impact investing, institutional procurement, food strategies, community conversations, and much more!

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Onboarding and Transitioning a New ED (2015)

How to successfully onboard or transition a new ED into…

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Creating Agency Agreements

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Agency Funds are established through formal agreements between the community foundation (Foundation) and local charitable organizations (Organization) who are interested in building endowment funds as part of their financial strategy.

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Hiring the Right Director (2015)

Best practices for recruiting a new Executive Director staff for…

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Succession Planning (2015)

The value of succession planning and why it’s important to…

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Smart & Caring Communities: Guide for starting a community…

A guide for starting a community foundation or a community…

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A guide for starting a community foundation or a community fund, using British Columbia as an example.