Niagara Community Foundation

Community Benefit


Niagara Community Foundation is your philanthropic partner since 2000, helping to connect donors with causes, and communities to resources.

Our work can be simplified into three pillars:

Endowment:As a community foundation, NCF helps donors create permanent, yet flexible endowment funds. We pool the charitable gifts of many donors into a permanent, income-earning endowment fund that benefits the people of Niagara and fulfills the philanthropic objectives of individual donors. We help donors give a charitable gift that will not only make an impact on the community today, but will leave a legacy in Niagara for generations to come.

Empowerment: Supporting the causes that matter most to our donors while also meeting the greatest needs of our community, NCF provides grants to eligible Canadian charities. Through donor directed grants and our discretionary grants programs, NCF supports initiatives from health, education and social services to arts, culture and the environment.  NCF empowers the charitable sector.

Excellence: NCF provides leadership by bringing people together from all sectors to identify and address issues and to leverage opportunities in the region. We believe in the power of individuals and organizations working together to effect positive change in our communities.

NCF is an accredited organization with Imagine Canada Standards; Canada’s most widely recognized nonprofit standards providing best practices that help organizations strengthen governance and operations.

Niagara Community Foundation is one of 191 community foundations under the umbrella of Community Foundation’s Canada.

Our Impact

Niagara has a strong and vibrant charitable sector and it is our privilege to connect donors to causes and communities to resources, all across our region. Throughout our 23+ years serving the nonprofit sector here in Niagara, we have become Niagara’s philanthropic partner. Our impact has reach into every sector – the arts, heritage, environment, health, seniors, children, animal welfare, recreation, relief of poverty, education, and the list goes on and on. We bridge the philanthropic wishes of our donors with the sustainable impact in our community.

Since inception, NCF has grown from two $10,000 gifts to having an asset total surpassing $82 million!

NCF has granted over $27 million into Niagara’s charitable sector since 2000.

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As a community foundation, NCF is known for its flexibility to adapt and meet your unique needs. Whether you have a modest gift or are transferring sizable assets, we are able to turn your intention into impact.

We have a variety of funds available to our donors to consider, tailor made to meet their financial goals and philanthropic wishes. Whether you are creating a field of interest fund, community fund, donor director or donor advised fund, NCF is here to help you create an impact that will last for generations. The earnings from your endowment fund are re-invested into the community through either donor directed or discretionary grants. In 2023, NCF granted a total of $3.5 million to registered charities!

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