building community through investments, leadership, and philanthropy

Working With Your Community Foundation

Be A Legacy Builder

We are one of 191 community foundations across Canada. We are uniquely positioned to bring together people like you who care about making a lasting difference in our community, with charitable organizations that are addressing our most pressing priorities.

we are here to help you achieve your philanthropic goals

You might already be actively giving, and want it to be thoughtfully organized. Perhaps you have thought about how your philanthropy could be more strategic, but need help. Maybe you have thought about setting up your own charitable foundation to involve your family. Or maybe you want to leave part of your estate to charity, but don’t know where to turn. We can be your partner for all of this.

establishing a fund with a community foundation is simple and efficient

We take care of all the administration so you can focus fully on your charitable interests and impact.
All gifts made to your Fund will be invested professionally, and a portion of the total value of the Fund is available each year for distribution to any registered Canadian charity.

we invest in the whole community

We grant to the whole community. We build relationships with the whole community. And that gives us a unique perspective from which to tackle priorities and take advantage of opportunities. This community-wide focus on connecting and investing gives community foundations a deep pool of
knowledge about the places we call home. And we put that knowledge to work for people who come to us for advice on giving because our focus is broad, deep and long-term. We’ll connect you to local organizations working on solutions to local priorities.

be part of a national network

You’ll also be part of a network of like-minded people, all working to have impact on improving the quality of life for our fellow citizens. We share your vision of a community that is strong and healthy, connecting people to causes they care about including arts and culture, the environment, health,
recreation, education and more. Together we’re working to build a community where we all belong — now and for the future.

“We build relationships with the whole community. That gives us a unique perspective from which to tackle priorities and take advantage of opportunities.”

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Together we are a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities.

be a legacy builder and give back to your community

the what

Some people already have a good idea where they would like to donate their money. There is also a surprising number of generous people who just want to give where it’s needed most. They want to give back and strengthen the community they love as part of their financial or estate plan.

Either way, we’d like to make it easy for you to invest philanthropically in a way that isn’t a “one time gift and it’s gone”. The endowment approach invests your initial capital donation. Profit from your original investment is gifted every year forever, to charities doing fantastic work.

the why

When you invest with a long-term infinite approach, you help your community as it evolves and new needs emerge. Your donation is tax deductible. And it’s easy to set up and start today.

the how

We offer a variety of giving tools: gifts of cash, securities, RRSPs/RRIFs, bequests in will, gifts of life insurance and other assets.

the ways

We offer a range of options tailored to your needs, your charitable interests, your impact timeline and your desired degree of investment.

$ – $$$ any amount, small or large

Give any amount to an existing fund at Durham Community Foundation. There’s a broad menu of existing endowment charity pools to choose from that can meet your wishes.


$10,000 minimum

Establish your own endowment fund at Durham Community Foundation. With a $10,000 donation or more you can set up a designated or field of interest fund, and decide your area of charitable focus, without unnecessary legal or accounting fees.


$50,000 minimum

Create your own family foundation by setting up a donor advised fund. This option allows for the most flexibility and ongoing involvement for you or your surviving family, without the high fees that traditional family foundations cost.