About Us

About The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (The KWCF) helps make a lasting difference in our community.

The KWCF is a charity for charities. Although we don't provide charitable services, we do help community organizations make a difference by providing them with funds for new programs, capital needs, student awards and much more.

When you make a donation or gift to The KWCF, we invest that gift into a permanent endowment fund - reserved trusts. Your original gift is not spent. It generates income that is then distributed through grants to support a wide range of charitable causes within our community. It is through these grants that we help you make that lasting difference.

Our Mission

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Kitchener-Waterloo and area, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on key community issues.

Charitable Registration Number: 132170994 RR0001




What is a Community Foundation?

In the simplest terms, community foundations are charitable organizations dedicated to improving communities in specific geographical areas. They do this by pooling the charitable gifts of donors to create endowment funds and using the investment income to make grants.

The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation is a proud member of Community Foundations of Canada - the national membership organization for the over 191 community foundations across Canada.


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Community foundations provide a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. We offer a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals.

You can make a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to your community foundation. Most charitable gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law.

You can support the issues and organizations you care about the most, all through your community foundation. For more information and ideas on ways to integrate your financial planning with charitable giving, ask your financial advisor or contact us.

Three special features of community foundations

One: Building. We build endowments and other funds to provide lasting support for local priorities. We make giving easy and effective, accepting a wide variety of gifts and providing donors with a number of charitable options. You can contribute cash, stocks, property, and other assets.

Two: Investing. Our foundation's staff and volunteers have an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities, and resources that shape our community. We evaluate all aspects of community well being - including social services, education, the environment, health care, youth, seniors, and the arts. We can help you learn more about local organiza­tions and programs that make a difference in areas you care about most.

Three: Leading. Because community foundations support all kinds of charities, we are well positioned to bring people and organizations together, convening diverse voices to address local issues and opportunities. Our business is building community.

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