Hamilton Community Foundation

Public Benefit

About Hamilton Community Foundation

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. As an endowment organization, your legacy gift can live on to support your area of interest forever.

Our Impact

Hamilton Community Foundation offers 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: arts and culture, health and human services, environment, recreation and education. In our 2019-2020 fiscal year, Hamilton Community Foundation made 848 grants to 318 organizations, totalling $11.5 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. 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.

How your gift will be used

Donating through your will enables you to plan now for the legacy you want to create – one that reflects your life, values and the issues 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 continue to grow into a vibrant, diverse and inclusive city for years to come.

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