Giving for Companies and Organizations


Why choose a Company Endowment Program?

Your employees want to be proud of where they work. They want to make a difference through their work and in their lives. By giving back and establishing an endowment fund, you make your community a better place to live. You also increase awareness of your company, and attract and keep engaged team members who value being part of your team. Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation is here to help make it easy for you to do more good.

With a Company Endowment Program, you:

  • Align your giving with you company’s strategic goals

  • Maximize the impact of your giving by directing donations to charitable organizations making a difference in focus areas you care about

  • Engage your employees by getting them involved with local charities

  • Create a lasting legacy for your company through the establishment of a permanent endowment fund that can continue to grow with additional company and/or employee contributions

  • Connect with your community and make it a better place to live, work and play

Why partner with KWCF?

We understand you have an organization to run. That’s why we are focused on making it easy for you to do more good.

  • We offer a Company Endowment Program that allows you to be as involved as you want to be. You select how donations are made to your fund, whether you supplement your giving with “flow through donations”, and how granting decisions for your fund are made. We work through a simple 7 step process together and you are on your way

  • We can help you choose the area(s) of interest you would like to support. We have knowledge, experience, and expertise about our community issues and needs

  • We offer educational opportunities for companies and their employees to help them learn about causes and needs across Waterloo Region. We can also connect companies to charities for volunteering or giving opportunities

  • We handle the administration including managing the granting and administrative process, distribution of cheques to selected charities, issuing tax receipts, and collecting/sharing stories of impact

Areas of focus

What causes matter to you and your employees? The area(s) you choose to focus on can align with your strategic and philanthropic goals. Consider:

  • Affordable Housing*

  • Healthy Children & Youth*

  • Social Inclusion*

  • Sustainability & the Environment

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)

  • Gender Equality

  • Thinking of another area? Let’s talk about it!

* These align the focus areas identified by Wellbeing Waterloo Region.

Note: All areas listed above also align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We can provide you with information about current community needs and areas being focused on by other funders.



Contact Elizabeth Heald at 519-725-1806 x 201
or Lynne Short at x 204