Hamilton Community Foundation

Community Benefit


Hamilton Community Foundation works towards a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Hamilton by connecting people, ideas and resources. We drive positive change in Hamilton by helping people give in a way that has meaning to them and impact in the community.

Hamilton Community Foundation is unique from other charities because donors may support any area of charitable interest including arts and culture, education, health and human services, environment and recreation. Donations are pooled and carefully invested for both financial and social return. Investment income is the primary source for grants and community leadership. HCF grants across all sectors, leads strategic change on critical local issues, and gives loans to local charities. As an endowment organization, your legacy gift can live on to support the areas you care about now, and forever.

Find out more at www.hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca

Our Impact

Hamilton Community Foundation helps donors create the legacy they want and is a catalyst for change in the community. We offer donors powerful and diverse opportunities to drive positive change. We are unique in that we enable donors to recommend grants to the widest possible range of charitable organizations and initiatives. Last year, Hamilton Community Foundation made 942 grants to 378 organizations, totaling $12.6 million. We believe that by increasing the capabilities and resilience of individuals, groups and organizations, we will strengthen our community.

The Foundation is unique in that we also use our endowed funds to provide loans and investments to charitable organizations and initiatives. Last year, HCF provided loans of $18.3 million to local charities and not-for-profits. These impact investments enable donors to drive positive change beyond granting: they represent investments of capital that deliver financial returns coupled with positive social and/or environmental outcomes. Learn more at https://www.hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/.

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What legacy do you want to leave in your community? Donating through your will enables you to plan now for the legacy you want to create – one that reflects your life, values and the causes or organizations that are important to you. You can make a difference in the lives of others even after you are gone, with flexible options that achieve both your philanthropic and financial goals. We help you do this by working with you and/or your advisors to consider the lasting difference you want to make through your estate. You can give to an existing HCF fund or start your own. Giving through HCF will help Hamilton and the wider community continue to grow into a vibrant, diverse and inclusive city for years to come. Read more about our fund options to find the one that reflects the legacy you would like to leave.

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