Why Give to the Sunshine Coast Foundation?

We Know our Community Well

The Foundation takes the broadest view of what our community is and what it needs to succeed. Our grants support everything from shelters and care for those most in need, to sports, arts, and the environment.

We Match your Philanthropic Goals with Community Needs

We support donors to be community builders and help them to formulate and realize their philanthropic goals, matching their interests and concerns with community needs and effective organizations.

We Offer a Range of Giving Options

We provide donors with flexible options for how their gift will be used and how they can contribute the funds. Donors have access to our resources, experience, and knowledge for timely advice and assistance.

We Take a Long-term Approach

We identify long-term needs and opportunities and invest in sustainable solutions, helping the Sunshine Coast become more resilient, resourceful, and ready for the future. We produce Vital Signs reports on community health and have our fingers on the pulse of community trends and gaps in services.

We have Broad Reach and Tremendous Impact

We manage more than $6 Million in permanently endowed funds and provide support to a diverse range of local charitable organizations. In 2020, we awarded more than $168,000 in community grants.

Your Donation will be Well Managed

We have a strong track record for serving our community and have developed distinctive excellence in management, outreach and engagement, and donor relations. We aspire to consistently achieve a positive return on your investment.

Investment Policy

Since most gifts to the Foundation are permanently placed in long-term investments and we now manage more than $6 Million in invested funds, we expect to operate in perpetuity. Wise stewardship of the entrusted assets is essential to the Foundation’s mission. In order to ensure accountability to donors, grant recipients, and the larger community, our financial affairs and investment management practices are governed by policies approved by the Board of Directors. Through professional portfolio management, the Foundation invests in a manner that provides preserves the donated capital and considers environmental, social, and governance issues, all while achieving the highest possible rates of return.

What is a community foundation?

Community foundations are designed to pool donations into an investment and grant-making facility dedicated primarily to the social improvement of the communities they serve. Community foundations are a global phenomenon with 1700 existing around the world, of which nearly 200 are in Canada.

With an intimate knowledge of local priorities, community foundations champion what matters most by directing grants, expertise, leadership, and other investments towards everything from shelter, education, and care for those in need, to the arts, environment, and recreation.

Here’s a great little video about how community foundations can help donors make a difference.

How do community foundations work?

Community foundations are independent registered philanthropic organizations serving their local community. The six main characteristics of community foundations are that they:

  1. Act as grant-making institutions – e.g. give financial support to local charities and projects
  2. Their missions are broadly defined – e.g. to improve quality of life in a community
  3. Serve geographically defined communities – a city, region, or province
  4. Are supported by a broad range of private as well as public donors and seek financial contributions primarily from inside their communities
  5. Are governed by local boards reflecting their community and
  6. Build capital endowments, which are important to long-term sustainability.

Families, individuals, businesses, and nonprofit groups establish funds within community foundations into which they can contribute a variety of assets to be used for charitable purposes. The people or organizations that establish the funds can then recommend that grants be distributed, in the name of the fund or anonymously, to qualified nonprofit groups and schools. In Canada, the donor receives a charitable tax deduction in the year that gifts are made into their funds.

The assets of community foundations are pooled and invested, allowing for larger returns on investments.

The funds established at community foundations can be either permanent or temporary. Permanent endowments last forever, due to the capital never being able to be spent.

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. With combined assets of more than $6.2 billion, Canada’s community foundations have provided hundreds of millions of dollars in financial support across every province and territory. More than 90% of Canadian communities have access to a community foundation – from our largest cities to our smallest towns.

Community Foundations are now the fastest growing source of philanthropic funds in Canada.