Keeping Traditions Alive

Written by Taline McPhedran, Communications and Events Manager In a year where so much has been different than the norm, Christmas and the holiday season is no different.  In an effort to protect loved ones and flatten the rising curve, we’re all now facing changes to our usual holiday plans by staying apart. My family […]

Family Philanthropy

In my last blog on “Our Kids and Philanthropy” I shared how I was engaging my daughter in philanthropy through her own Fund and through GIVEOakville, as well as some of the youth philanthropy initiatives that we have planned for 2021 at The Foundation. I also invited stories from readers of their own experiences. Well […]

Zara Buren Memorial Foundation

While horse riding on a trail with her mother on September 21st, 2020, our fiercely brave daughter, Zara, became trapped in a marshy bog. In her struggle to save her beloved horse, Monkey, Zara tragically lost her life. After her passing, the outpouring of support and love from people around the world was astounding. Though […]

Our Kids and Philanthropy

For many of us, teaching our kids about philanthropy is part and parcel of helping them grow into being a kind and empathetic person. We have many Fundholders who make their granting decisions as a family: parents and children sitting around the dining room table sharing their passions and priorities. One family rotates their Fund’s […]

Oakville Community Foundation Launches Oakville Resiliency Report, GIVEOakville

Oakville, Ont., November 2, 2020 – The Oakville Community Foundation has announced the launch of the Oakville Resiliency Report and the GIVEOakville 2020 campaign. The Oakville Resiliency Report analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Oakville community, and more importantly, how our local charities have responded to keep us resilient.   The report explores […]

Social Enterprise and WE Charity – A Follow Up Blog

To say I was shocked at the amount of traffic and commentary that my WE Charity blog post received is an understatement. It’s approaching 1000 views on our website, receives almost 10% of our website traffic and has now been reprinted﹘at their request﹘by Oakville News (Thanks Nolan) and in Foundation Magazine. (I can’t wait to […]

Maximizing the Local Benefit: Charity-Small Business Partnerships

  I was on an Imagine Canada webinar with other charity leaders featuring Dr. Judith Stein from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She advised charities to showcase their importance to the economy at this time. Bruce MacDonald, CEO of  Imagine Canada, gave our new Charity-Small Business Partnership Program a shout out […]

In Memoriam: Donald Noble.

The Foundation is saddened to announce the passing of one of our most admired founders. Without Don’s vision and leadership, community philanthropy would not have the deep roots in our Town that it does today. Don inspired philanthropy in his family and his friends, many of whom he introduced to the Oakville Community Foundation. Don […]

Planned Giving: All it takes is a little Will Power.

“When you pool your resources and work with The Oakville Community Foundation, they enable you to amplify your impact in the local community and beyond.” ~Bruce Burrows, Fundholder It’s not uncommon in everyday conversations to hear someone say: “I wish I could make a difference.” Or “I wish I could create change.” Or “I just […]