About Community Foundations
The Guelph Community Foundation is a member of Community Foundations of Canada. There are over 191 community foundations across the country and together we help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play. 
 
Community foundations are one of Canada’s largest grantmakers, and in 2010 they contributed more than $149 million to thousands of charities. Together, we hold more than $3.3 billion in shared assets. Canada and the United States are the two big countries of the world for community foundations.

For more than 80 years Canada's community foundations have helped individuals, families, businesses and other groups get the most out of their giving. You can support the issues and organizations you care about the most, all through your community foundation. To find out more, visit the Community Foundations of Canada website.
 
what is a community foundation
~ Vitality depends on long-term resources for long-term solutions—so we work with donors to build endowment funds that ensure vital futures for communities.
~ Vitality comes from all corners of a community, so we grant funds to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives.
~ Vitality needs leadership, so we bring people together from all parts of our communities to stimulate new ideas, build participation and strengthen community philanthropy.
 
our approach
And while there are many organizations working for better communities, a few important factors make our approach special:
 
1] We bring donors to the table as community builders, and help them formulate and realize their philanthropic goals, matching their interests and concerns with community needs and organizations, and finding innovative and responsible ways to give their investments lasting impact. 

2] We take the broadest view of what a community is and what it needs to succeed. This is why our grants support everything from shelter, sustenance and care for those most in need, to recreation, the arts, and the environment.

3] We take the long-term view for our communities: we identify long-term needs and opportunities and invest in sustainable solutions, helping our communities become resilient, resourceful, and ready for the future they want.
  
three special features of community foundations
One: endowment building/personalized service
We build endowments and other funds to provide lasting support for local priorities. We make giving easy and effective, accepting a wide variety of gifts and providing donors with a number of charitable options. You can contribute cash, stocks, property, and other assets. You may establish a fund in your name or in the name of a loved one. In most cases, your gift qualifies for maximum tax advantage under federal law.
 
Two: local grantmaking expertise
Foundation staff and volunteers have an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities, and resources that shape our community. We evaluate all aspects of community well being — including social services, education, the environment, health & well being, children & youth, seniors, and arts & culture. We can help you learn more about local organizations and programs that make a difference in areas you care about most.
 
Three: community leadership. 
Because community foundations support all kinds of charities, we are well positioned to bring people and organizations together, convening diverse voices to address local issues and opportunities. Our business is building community.