About Community Foundations

Community Foundations of Canada - Our Umbrella

The concept of a national network began evolving in 1988 and was four years in the making

The first national conference of community foundations occurred in October 1990 and brought together representatives of ten Canadian cities. The enthusiastic gathering produced eight national objectives and the appointment of a steering committee.

The second such conference, held in Winnipeg on May 1, 1992, officially incorporated Community Foundations of Canada as the national network center, support, and resource agency for all Canadian Community Foundations. The move stimulated nationwide interest.

The creation of new community foundations and the development of existing ones is among the fastest growing and most dynamic networking systems in Canada.

It represents a concept with solid appeal to communities seeking to become more self-reliant and less dependent on tax-related support. And it works.

Our movement has grown dramatically. More than 90% of Canadian communities have access to a community foundation.