Start a Fund

Helping you do good, forever.

All communities, large and small, have needs that can’t always be met by tax dollars. Fortunately, all communities also have wonderful, big-hearted people who want to help.

We offer strategic ways for individuals, families, and business to give with impact. Whether your philanthropic vision is short- or long-term, we will work with you to create a plan that fulfills your charitable dreams today, tomorrow and forever.

Starting Your Own Fund

We make your giving easy by helping you give strategically to meet your philanthropic goals on your timeline. We provide a wide variety of giving options to align with your charitable interests and values. When you make a donation or gift to the Foundation, we invest that gift and income from your fund is granted to support causes you closest to your heart.

To learn more about how we can be your partner in philanthropy, contact Heidi Culliton at 519-271-1503.

Types of Funds

Smart & Caring Community Fund
Imagine a more vibrant and caring community – a stronger community – for all. A place where each person has a sense of safety and belonging. A place where ideas are put into action to make things better. A Smart & Caring Community Fund is an unrestricted fund that anyone can support, with any sized gift. Income from the fund is available to meet the most pressing needs of our communities. We have a Smart & Caring Community Fund for each municipality we serve, as well as an overall fund for our entire region. Named funds within a Smart & Caring Community Fund are listed with a donation of $5,000 or more.

Field of Interest Fund
A Field of Interest Fund helps you target gifts to address an issue area that you feel is important to community life. From the arts, youth, seniors, to health and wellness, social services or the environment. Granting lasts forever. Field of Interest Fund minimum is $30,000 and granting decisions are made by the Foundation’s grant committee.

Designated Fund
A Designated Fund is simple: you select your favourite charities and we ensure they’re supported, forever. Whatever your charitable dreams may be, we’re committed to making them come true – whether it’s supporting a small organization in your community, granting to a global charity that’s close to your heart or establishing a scholarship. Designated Fund minimum is $15,000.

Donor Advised Fund
A Donor Advised Fund is just like having a private foundation, without the administration. You choose which charities to support each year – and our staff’s in-depth community knowledge is always available to help you make high-impact, strategic grants to the causes and charities you care about most. Donor Advised Fund minimum is $30,000.