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About Our Foundation

DCF is the Heart of Charities in Durham

Established in 1994, as a bridge between contributors, charities and community, Durham Community Foundation (DCF) is more than a grant maker. DCF is the charity’s charity – their voice in the Region of Durham and beyond. DCF has invested $2 Million in 100+ charities, contributing to Durham’s significant growth. DCF is part of a network of 191 community foundations in Canada with assets of $5.8 billion, allowing it to scale and leverage innovation.

Strategic Foci:

Investments


DCF develops powerful relationships with donors, including individuals, families, businesses, organizations, education, and government. We enable them to activate philanthropy to solve Durham’s greatest challenges and build community. DCF serves as a nexus in the philanthropic world of Durham, connecting donors and volunteers, keeping apace of community developments and needs, as well as identifying the most effective ways of addressing them through the benefit of the research and resources of the greater community foundation movement, which allows DCF to share with the community.

Leadership


DCF connects philanthropic, charitable, and community leaders to collaborate and catalyze innovation, partnership, and solutions. DCF facilitates learning and networking for charities’ performance and impact. Our network in the Region is large, diverse, and collaborative. Connecting with the Region’s charitable sector through regular correspondence, collaborative fundraising, and skill building and training, DCF is at the heart of the charitable world in Durham.  DCF is on the leading edge of trends, developments, concerns, and opportunities in philanthropy and among charities, their volunteers, and donors.  In this role, DCF can affect change for good to help sustain a vibrant and thriving charitable sector in Durham.

Philanthropy


DCF builds philanthropy platforms, facilitating donors to invest, strengthen the community, and bring it closer to together, including shelter, mental and physical health, recreation, arts, culture, and environment. DCF has enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals in Durham.

Our Foundation in Action

Funding for ‘essential expenses’ supports a network of agencies providing food to residents throughout Durham

Ben Earle, Executive Director, Feed the Need in Durham says, “Operational dollars are the most difficult to secure, but are essential to ensure to our organizations ability to collect, store and distribute 3 million pounds of food annually to 55 emergency food providers across Durham, serving 30,000 individuals. Funding from Durham Community Foundation not only provides operational funding, it also lends credibility to the sustainability of our organization as we reach out to the community at large for donor support.”

We are 1 of 191 Community Foundations

Durham Community Foundation is part of a national network of 191 Community Foundations across Canada. Collectively they hold combined assets of $5.8 Billion. In 2017, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) provided grants in excess of $269 Million to thousands of community projects. The strength of its philanthropic network is put to the best possible use for our communities and country by championing the issues that matter to Canadians, with an eye on the change we can make together, now and for future generations. 

Did You Know?

WE DON’T COMPETE WITH LOCAL CHARITIES. WE HELP TO STRENGTHEN THEIR WORK.

WE KNOW THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. WE HELP YOU DESIGN YOUR GIVING GOALS.

WE’RE NOT NEW. WE HAVE A TRACK RECORD. WE’VE BEEN A PART OF THE REGION OF DURHAM SINCE 1994.

Contact Us

We’re here for you and our community, call us at 905-430-6507

2019


$ 4.8 Million

in permanent endowments

$ 4.5 Million

in bequests

$ 2 Million

granted to more than 100 charities in the Region of Durham since inception

1994


established by a dedicated group of individuals who loved our community