National Vital Signs

Community foundations in Canada and around the world use Vital Signs to identify local community needs and priorities. Community Foundations of Canada plays a both a leadership and supporting role for the community and international Vital Signs programs.

Vital Signs is a way for us to take the pulse on issues that matter and spark change through our network of community foundations, partners and allies in communities from coast to coast to coast. Alongside community foundations, Community Foundations of Canada uses Vital Signs to engage Canadians in a deeper exploration of issues and trends that affect and influence community vitality.

Community Foundations of Canada has been leading a multi-year and multifaceted exploration on the topic of belonging since 2015. Community Foundations of Canada released a three-part national report (with chapters released each October from 2015-2017, available here) as well as two special reports looking at the connection between sport and belonging (released in April 2016) and arts and belonging (released in April 2017). While Community Foundations of Canada’s reports have been national in scope, community foundations in the Canadian network have explored belonging at their local community level. Our research on belonging demonstrated that we still have work to do to ensure that our communities are inclusive of everyone.

Since 2017, Community Foundations of Canada has been exploring incorporating the UN’s Agenda on the Sustainable Development Goals with Vital Signs and our journey on belonging. With a mandate to ‘leave no one behind’ the SDGs provide an opportunity for community foundations to share measurement standards, track and report on local progress on global goals through Vital Signs to ensure no one is left behind.


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