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Waterloo Region Community Foundation

Community Benefit


Waterloo Region Community Foundation (WRCF) collaborates with partners to ensure our communities are equitable, connected, and sustainable; and people are thriving. We strengthen local organizations, spaces, and experiences to increase connection with communities across the three cities and four townships of Waterloo Region. WRCF is focused on Granting, Investing and Moblizing to make measurable and sustainable impacts in Waterloo Region.

We make it easy for Fundholders to give and invest, and for charities to receive money. When you donate to WRCF, your gift is directed to a permanent endowment fund and invested to generate a social return, and a financial return in the form of income. Then, we work with you to distribute the income through grants to support a wide range of charitable causes within our community.

As a leading community-building organization, we also work to amplify voices and issues of importance by mobilizing conversations and sharing information, which leads people to action, while approaching our work with an equity mindset. Visit to learn more.

Our Impact

Community matters. Community building to impact people locally makes a big difference. WRCF partners with donors and Fundholders to provide grants and impact investments because we believe that we can help the organizations and individuals supporting people across Waterloo Region. And together – we ARE making a difference.

In 2023, WRCF provided grants of $8 Million to local charities and non-profits. WRCF has granted more than $81 Million to local charities and non-profits, and committed additional dollars towards impact investments.

WRCF has collected, pooled and invested over $137 Million for people and organizations looking to make a forever impact in our community. But it’s more than just the numbers. The impact will be seen year after year, through the lens of Waterloo Region’s not-for-profit sector as they address local priorities, working hard to serve people and meet their needs.

The bigger the impact – the more everyone thrives. Forever!

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What impact do you want to have in your community? The possibilities are endless.

Donating through your will enables you to plan now for the legacy you want to have – one that reflects your life, values and the issues or organizations that are important to you. You can continue to make a difference in the lives of others even after you are gone, with flexible options that achieve your philanthropic goals.

We help you do this by working with you and/or your advisors to consider the lasting impact you want to make through your estate. You can give to an existing WRCF fund or establish your own fund. You can be as specific or flexible as you want – highlighting the areas you are most passionate about or selecting your favourite charities. These choices can then be easily modified during your lifetime through your fund agreement, without having to revise your Will.

Read about types of funds here to see which one best supports the legacy you intend to have.

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