Starting with the ‘how’ to create a community foundation this section features the core components of building and leading a successful organization.
- 1.1 Community Foundation 101 – What is a community foundation ? Explore how they work and how to start one in your community.
- 1.2 Administration and Finance – Strong systems create a strong foundation. This section features key components for effective administration of a community foundation.
- 1.3 Governance and Policies – Ensure good community foundation governance with these tools.
- 1.4 Fund Development – Building financial assets of the foundation enables us to engage donors and create impact through our grants. This section features strategies and best practices for a successful fund development program.
- 1.5 Marketing and Communications – Building a strategy and the right tools to get your message out leads to greater awareness of your community foundation.
1.1 Community Foundations 101
Fact Sheets - A 2015 overview of facts and figures about Canada's community foundation movement
Manuals - The steps to help you get a community foundation started and launched in your community.
Fact Sheets - This infographic explains the difference between a foundation and a fund, as well as how the two work in connection to have an even greater impact in your community.
Fact Sheets - What a community foundation needs to consider when establishing local community funds.
Fact Sheets - As an easy first step, this infographic outlines the relationship between a donor and a community foundation in establishing a fund or gift.
Fact Sheets - This tool can be used to gain a deeper knowledge about the people and organizations working in your community and how best to work together.
Toolkits - Learn from two community foundations how they built local community foundations.
1.2 Administration and Finance
Manuals - A guide to legal and fiscal requirements for community foundations under Canada’s Income Tax Act.
Webinars - In many communities, there are few charities but many nonprofits. In this case, what are the rules and how do you work within them?
Guides - This handbook seeks to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of charity and non-charity partnerships.
Tips and Tools - Formally known as Creating a Good Fund Agreement, this template provides the key clauses needed to establish a fund.
Manuals - Manual on how to setup and maintain administrative systems for community foundations.
1.3 Governance and Policies
Tips and Tools - Outlines the components of insurance for board members and the foundation.
Fact Sheets - A poster of CFC’s strategic directions and collective impact of our movement.
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Manuals - Ensure good governance practices with this comprehensive list of policies and template forms
Manuals - If you are looking to update or review policies this is the resource you need to ensure good governance. Each policy includes reference to Imagine Canada's accreditation process.
1.4 Fund Development
Tips and Tools - An overview of the guidelines in accepting a gift of securities for your foundation.
Guides - An online guide for professional advisors to help with charitable giving.
Fact Sheets - Understanding the different types of gifts that exist can help determine how contributions can have the greatest impact.
Tips and Tools - Strong leadership and active participation by Board members are key to making a difference locally.
Tips and Tools - There are many approaches to engaging youth and extensive experience to draw on.
Tips and Tools - This Tips and Tools will outline some considerations a community foundation should have in place through a Third Party Events Policy.
1.5 Marketing and Communications
Toolkits - Community Foundations of Canada's logo in various formats and brand guidelines
Webinars - How community foundations can tell their smart and caring stories with Andy Goodman of The Goodman Centre.
Toolkits - This toolkit provides community foundations with a series of five modules of tools to discuss, plan, promote and activate Smart & Caring Communities in your hometown.
Toolkits - Everything your community foundation needs to communicate the community foundation difference. Just add a few of your own facts, figures and stories and this suite of professional fact sheets is ready to go.
Toolkits - This Toolkit provides foundations of all sizes with internal and external tools to market the "community foundation difference" to your target audiences.
Manuals - Targeted information to help you get your message out to your community.
Toolkits - Designed to help community foundations reach out and build relationships with professional advisors.