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Connecting our Community

By Lizz DiCesare

The Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK) was founded on partnerships: Capacity Waterloo Region, Conestoga College, Skylight Productions and Igloo Software. Each of these organizations has made a significant impact on the development and roll out of the Centre for Community Knowledge in our community.


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A Smile Goes a Long Way

By Lizz DiCesare

Random Act of Kindness Day® (RAK Day) has grown over the last six years into a community-wide celebration of kindness. What makes the day so special is that it’s really about people. It’s about strangers and neighbours, co-workers and friends reaching out to one another to make someone feel cared for and appreciated.


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Leading the Future of our Community

By Lizz DiCesare

With over 100 graduates to date, the Engage! KW program is a roaring success. Included in these graduates are 27 bright, emerging leaders participating in the 2013–2014 class. These graduates have been working side-by-side over the 7-month program to reflect on their values, their philanthropic goals and to learn how to make their community a better place to live, work and raise a family.


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The Start of a New Cycle

By Lizz DiCesare

In October 2013 The KWCF launched Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs® (WRVS), marking the beginning of a new three-year cycle for the check-up on community vitality. It was in this past year that we paused to reflect on the past six years of Vital Signs® in Waterloo Region. What began as a simple printed report has since morphed into so much more. WRVS today represents the way we do business as a community foundation.


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Engaging Our Future Leaders

By Rochelle Benoit

The Engage! KW Philanthropic Leadership program began its third year in the Fall of 2012. Young leaders spanning multiple sectors gather monthly between October and April to expand their knowledge of not only their own goals and values, but of the non-profit sector through hands on group work with local charities.


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The Priority Report

By Rochelle Benoit

Back in 2011, The KWCF and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation performed a full evaluation of the Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs® project.

The Foundations asked key questions about the report’s use, and what improvements could be made. The responses spoke loud and clear. The community needed more information, more time and a more in depth look at the key priority areas.


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Celebrating 5 Years Of Kindness

By Rochelle Benoit

The message for Random Act of Kindness Day® (RAK Day) is simple; do something nice for someone and ask nothing in return except that they do something nice for someone else.

Five years ago, a group of dedicated community volunteers gathered together to celebrate the first ever RAK Day here in Kitchener, Waterloo and area. A half a decade later, our community is celebrating the importance of kindness once again.


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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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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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