Community foundations are charitable public foundations with independent boards of directors dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve.
They do this by carefully investing the charitable gifts of donors and using the investment income to make grants for the community. Community foundations also undertake local leadership initiatives. They monitor their community’s quality of life and convene people, ideas, and resources to help build stronger and more resilient communities.
There are 191 community foundations in Canada today. Each is linked through Community Foundations of Canada, the national umbrella organization that has supported local foundations since 1994.