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Transforming our Community.

What We Do

We have been an independent public foundation and registered charity serving the community of Greater Sudbury since 1996. We nurture a sense of community by reinforcing shared values, encouraging mutual respect, developing practices of shared concern, and enabling people to realize their full potential. In this spirit, we strive to be a catalyst for the community.

We enhance the quality of life and sustainability for all Sudburians through donor engagement, grant making, and visionary leadership.


Donor Engagement: We help you and your financial advisor plan and realize your philanthropic goals, matching your interests and concerns with community needs and organizations. We help you find innovative and resourceful ways to give your charitable investments lasting impact through endowments and legacies.

Grant Making: We grant funds to the widest possible range of charitable organizations and initiatives, from providing uniforms for a youth band, planting trees, awarding bursaries for academic achievement, helping seniors realize a good quality of life, to supporting programs for low-income families.

Visionary Leadership: We identify gaps in services, unrealized opportunities, and critical needs by undertaking initiatives that bring people together to stimulate new ideas, build participation, and strengthen our community.

 

HOW WE DO IT

Foundational Expertise: Our staff and Board of Directors have expert knowledge in planned giving options, professional fund administration and management, grant making and assessment. Our Board and Investment Committee are independent senior community leaders with expertise in taxation, accounting, law, business, and philanthropy. We are supported by the community and are part of a national network of 191 community foundations under the umbrella group, Community Foundations of Canada.

Convenient One-Stop Administration: We provide all-inclusive stewardship to our individual and corporate donors including simplified record-keeping, tax return preparation, fund administration, preparation of personalized and mutually agreed-upon fund agreements, and in-house generation of charitable tax receipts for our donors.

Community Engagement: We keep informed of trends and issues in our community through leadership efforts like our annual Vital Signs report, a community check-up. In turn, this report informs our granting, allowing us to grant to the most pressing community needs. We also stimulate community engagement by delivering a five-month leadership development program, Emerging Leaders, for young professionals in Greater Sudbury. It is our goal for the program to encourage community leadership and advocacy, not just for the future but for the now as well.