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General Questions

What does the Community Foundation do?

- Provides a means whereby the community's charitable assets and decision making can be applied locally;

- Pools the charitable gifts of many donors into a permanent, income-earning endowment that benefits the people of Niagara primarily and fulfills the philanthropic objectives of individual donors;

- Makes grants from the earnings on these funds to support a broad variety of initiatives from health, education and social services to arts, culture and the environment;

- Offers neutral advice and support to all kinds of individuals and organizations trying to make philanthropic decisions;

- Provides leadership by bringing people together from all sectors, to identify and address issues as well as to leverage opportunities in the region.

Who runs it?

The Community Foundation is independent, autonomous and accountable to the community as a whole. As a way of ensuring that the Community Foundation will be well managed today and into the future, the governing body is appointed by an outside Nominating Committee, chaired by the Foundation's Past President and made up of the incumbents in positions of responsibility and influence.

This Committee is responsible for selecting the best possible people to fill vacancies as they arise on the Board of Directors. The members of the Board are chosen for their integrity, expertise and ability to serve the Community Foundation without compensation. These Board appointments are limited to three years, renewable once. The Board, in turn, hires and oversees the Executive Director who is responsible for the day to day running of the Community Foundation, including the hiring of other staff. 

What is the Community Foundation's Charitable Registration number? 

The Community Foundation's Charitable Registration number is 86710 5322 RR0001

On making a donation

What kinds of funds can be established?

Donations to the Community Foundation are generally used to establish one or more of several kinds of funds,any of which can bear the name of an individual, family, corporation or charitable cause; or the fund can be anonymous. 

How much must I contribute to establish a fund?

Donors can establish an advised fund with a minimum donation of $25,000, a designated fund with a minimum donation of $10,000 per designated charity or a community impact fund a minimum donation of $25,000. A named fund within any of these categories, in the Niagara Fund or one of our local community funds, can be opened with a gift of $5,000. Donors can make their gift over a five-year period. Once opened, other donors can add a contribution of any size to the fund. 

On applying for a grant

When are the deadlines to apply for a grant? 

To be considered in each grant cycle, complete applications must be received at our office no later than noon on the deadline date.

Are applications accepted at any time? 

Proposals can be submitted as early as 2 months before the appropriate deadline.