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Connecting Philanthropists To Community Need

By Rochelle Benoit

The KWCF recognizes that knowing key areas of need in our community is only half the battle when trying to make a difference. The other half is knowing where and how local organizations addressing these needs require support. The question often asked following the release of a Vital Signs report is ‘This is great information but, what’s next? How can I make a difference?’

The Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK) was designed to directly address that question. It also tackles another need in the non-profit sector – the ability for charitable organizations to tell their stories.


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A Vital Change - A Conduit For Storytelling

By Lizz DiCesare

They say that pictures say a thousand words. But when it comes to storytelling, a video trumps them all. The KWCF took this message to heart when looking to create an online tool for non-profits to share their stories in an innovative way.


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The Next Generation of Philanthropic Leadership

By Lizz DiCesare

Engage! KW was first introduced in 2006 as a program to raise awareness on community issues and provide information about potential philanthropy. The KWCF never imagined then how much promise and impact the program could have. Now, in its second year of a new vision, Engage! KW has developed into an initiative with over 60 dynamic community leaders who have participated to date.


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Waterloo Region's Vital Signs® – A Renewed Focus

By Lizz DiCesare

“Vital Signs® is a tool for community understanding, discussion, reflection, and change,” shares Rosemary Smith, CEO of The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation.


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Random Act of Kindness Day®

By Lizz DiCesare

Hold the door open for someone. Empty the dishwasher at home. Let the person behind you in line go in front. Make a new friend.


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