Philanthropy: Create Your Own Experience

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people think about and approach philanthropy. While the pandemic has increased awareness of the role and need for Wills and estate planning, it isn’t a topic that most people feel comfortable talking about. This only makes sense as in a very short time we’ve had to come to terms with the fragility of what we thought were constants. We’ve had to think about the needs of our friends and family, the inequities of our neighbours and community, and the causes that are important to us as we all push through this pandemic together.

When we think about the impact around us, we’re very quickly drawn to thinking about what we can do to help. You’re doing it now; you’ve read past pieces about Wills and estates, and thankfully we didn’t scare you off. We know you’re reading this because the title suggests something unique to you.  

You might be thinking about something personal that really gets you motivated, such as being inspired by being outdoors and walking the trails of Oakville or nearby regions. Perhaps you’re thinking of your child and how excited they get by the simple things in life. It could be the new pet you got during COVID and how much joy you get from them.  

Whatever gets you motivated is what we at the Oakville Community Foundation – your Foundation – can do for you too. While there may have been changes with this pandemic, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed – the flexibility and unique path available to you when you choose to engage with The Foundation. Every experience with The Foundation is completely unique and structured by you. That means the philanthropic journey is yours and we’re here to support you in any capacity.

What is constant and will be here for you, if and when you choose to engage with us, is simplicity, research and access to granting and supporting charities of all areas of interest. We’re a 360-degree granting agency, so we can help you give to anyone coast-to-coast as long as they’re a registered charity.  

Here are a couple of links to help you learn more. Explore and be curious – we only want to give you tools to help you do what you want, when you want: 

How to Start a Fund

Discover our Research

Philanthropy for Families

Whatever your preferences, interests or causes, we can help you along the philanthropic journey that’s right for you. 

For more information, contact Sarah McPherson, Director of Philanthropy and Communications, at