Planning for Impact
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There are many ways community foundations can engage and create impact. This section gives an overview on grantmaking basics and initiatives offered by CFC.
- 2.1 Grantmaking
- 2.2 Vital Signs – Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collective quality of life. This section features tools and resources to help you develop a successful Vital Signs program.
- 2.3 Community Fund for Canada’s 150th
- 2.4 Smart & Caring Communities
- 2.5 Evaluation
Guides - A resource to help community foundations build out their impact investing practice
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.
Reports - This report explores the current Canadian food system and highlights key opportunities for funders to support work to drive significant and systemic impact in this field.
Toolkits - This resource is a playbook for sport organizations and community foundations that are interested in working together to unlock funding for community benefit.
Manuals - Basic tools to help you make the most of your grantmaking dollars.
2.2 Vital Signs
Toolkits - A communications package for community foundations participating in Vital Signs 2016.
Webinars - Communications strategies for community foundations participating in Vital Signs.
Webinars - A webinar on engaging your community in the Vital Signs program.
Webinars - An overview of the Vital Signs program.
Reports - This year’s report focuses on one side of Belonging Street – using the lens of social participation to better understand how we as individuals feel that we belong.
Guides - A guide for community foundations to help with planning a Vital Conversation, part of the Vital Signs program.
Toolkits - In conjunction with our Vital Signs report on Sport and Belonging, we have developed this guide to help community foundations explore this approach in your community.
Webinars - An introduction to VitalSigns4All, a refresh of the community foundation Vital Signs program.
Reports - A follow up to our national 2013 Vital Signs report "Fertile Ground".
Reports - Our 2015 Vital Signs report looks back over the past 50 years at our sense of belonging and where we as communities and a country are going next.
Reports - The 2013 national Vital Signs report exploring our relationship with food and how communities can mobilize to build better food systems.
2.3 Community Fund for Canada's 150th
Fact Sheets - A fact sheet for organizations interested in applying to the Community Fund for Canada's 150th.
Tips and Tools - Acknowledgement guidelines for community foundations and grant recipients of the Community Fund for Canada's 150th.
Guides - A guide to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th for participating community foundations.
Guides - A series of tools and resources that will help you host a community conversation around Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Manuals - A guide to imagining Canada's 150th anniversary
2.4 Smart & Caring Communities
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.
Fact Sheets - A visual look at Smart & Caring Communities in action across Canada.
Stories - A collection of smart & caring stories from communities across the country.
Fact Sheets - How community foundations can engage in the Smart & Caring True Sport program.
Stories - Stories of how community foundations and sport organizations are working together.
Videos - Recorded specially for community foundations, this template address can be used in presentations, on websites, or live at events.