About Our Foundation

At Durham Community Foundation (DCF) we build community through investments, leadership, and philanthropy.

Investments


We work closely with our donors, including local government, businesses, families, and individuals. We help them formulate and realize their philanthropic goals by matching their giving priorities with community needs and opportunities.

Gifts and bequests are accumulated in a permanent endowment fund managed by a highly skilled team of professionals. Investment income is allocated carefully and responsibly to charitable organizations committed to enhancing the quality of life throughout the Region of Durham.

Leadership


We connect and collaborate – bringing people together to address community issues and encourage partnerships among charitable agencies.

We share expertise and knowledge – facilitating learning and networking opportunities for charities in the Region of Durham.

We provide tangible ways for charities to build capacity and raise funds for their organization.

Philanthropy


We are a foundation for charities. Our grants support everything from shelter, sustenance and care for those most in need, to education, recreation, the arts, and the environment.

We have granted $1.8 Million to more than 100 charities, impacting thousands who live and work in the Region of Durham.

We believe in the power of giving, spearheading initiatives that inspire philanthropy throughout our region.

Our Foundation in Action

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

“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.”

– Ben Earle
Executive Director
Feed the Need in Durham

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

2018


$ 4 Million

in permanent endowments

$ 4 Million

in bequests

$ 1.8 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