Towards a Community Where No One Is Left Behind

By: Binu Dhas, Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee Today we are announcing the update to The Foundation’s Reconciliation, Equity and Anti-Racism Statement as well as the equity-focused top-up funding for the 2023 GIVEOakville campaign. Reconciliation, Equity and Anti-Racism Statement The Statement was originally developed in 2022 as a commitment to reduce inequities in […]

Charitable Giving: Opportunities Abound!

By Gosha G.S. Sekhon, LL.B., TEP, Principal Lawyer and Owner of Sekhon Legal Services Fred and Helen* recently approached me to update their estate plan. One of their goals was to leave a sizeable gift to charity but with flexibility on how the gift is distributed. They had been meaning to establish this gift for […]

Top 10: Reasons Why Charitable People get DAFfy at The Foundation

Let’s get DAFfy! What do we mean by DAFfy? (hint: we are not talking about the duck!) We’re talking about creating  a “Donor Advised Fund” For You – at the Oakville Community Foundation. Here is our list of the top 10 reasons why charitable people get DAFfy at The Foundation: 10. No money down! You […]

Guest Blog: Intimate Partner Violence declared epidemic in Halton

By: Laurie Hepburn, Executive Director of Halton Women’s Place Domestic violence is not a private matter; it is a pervasive issue that affects families and our community. Halton, in alignment with the recommendations of a pivotal inquiry, has officially declared domestic and intimate partner violence, an epidemic. This declaration is more than just words; it’s […]

Guest Blog: Magic or Indigenous Reconciliation in Action?

By: Angela Bellegard, Debwewin Advisory Council Member Special to the Oakville Community Foundation A meaningful act of Indigenous Reconciliation occurred in Oakville recently.  It was the second day of school for many families in Oakville and for others, their minds were focused on the hustle and bustle of a new month. Personally, I was trying […]

Top of Mind – Climate and Youth

By: Wendy Rinella and Mike Miller These two topics have been at the forefront as The Foundation starts its 30th trip around the sun.   On Monday, July 3rd, the world recorded its hottest temperature since the first time this data point was monitored 44 years ago. It was also the first time the daily average […]

Meet the New Members of the Board

A few weeks ago, the Oakville Community Foundation held its 28th Annual General Meeting of members at the Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. A number of Fundholders, volunteers, friends and local charities attended as we closed out the year, presented our 2022 Annual Report, recognized retiring Board Members and welcomed new ones. This year, we […]

Oakville Awards for Business Excellence Recap

On Wednesday night (April 26th) I dug out my “Past Chair of the Board” badge to wear to the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE). I was looking forward to again receiving the Community Builder of the Year Award on behalf of my employer. I accepted it in 2015 on behalf of FCT Insurance (formerly […]

Earth Day: Committing to Climate

Earth Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate the planet and bring awareness to environmental causes and organizations that are making our planet a better place to live, work and play.  But that’s something we try to do everyday. In 2021, The Foundation signed the Canadian Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change, a joint initiative of […]