Is the idea of a community foundation new to you? Are you wondering what we’re all about?
Community foundations are organizations seeking to make long-term and meaningful philanthropy in a defined geographic area.
Local donors who want to make donations or establish a foundation, including families, individuals, businesses, and nonprofit groups, can establish funds within community foundations. Those funds are then pooled to create an “endowment”: the capital is invested, and the gains are used to support ongoing grantmaking.
Community foundations take a leadership role in identifying a community’s challenges and pressing needs. We serve as storehouses of research, funds, and information about impact. And we provide grants to support effective nonprofit organizations.
This model is long-term and flexible enough to respond to the changing needs of a community; when problems are solved, we can move on to address emerging needs.
How can a community foundation help you?
Working with a community foundation makes sense if you care about your community and want to invest in both its present and future prosperity. It’s a way to allow future generations to share in your values and benefit from the opportunities you’ve supported or created.
Working with a community foundation is about creating your legacy by impacting your community for years to come. Together, we can ensure a better future.
Would you like to learn more? Here are a few useful links:
- About the Oakville Community Foundation
- Research about Oakville, our challenges and needs
- Programs and initiatives operated by the Oakville Community Foundation
- Ways you can give
We are a member of Community Foundations of Canada