WindsorEssex Community Foundation

Community Benefit


Inspiring philanthropy to benefit our community today and forever! 

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving communities across Windsor-Essex County through collaboration, strategic leadership, and innovative solutions to charitable giving.

Over the past 40 years, the WindsorEssex Community Foundation has accumulated over $23 million in assets and has granted over $12 million to a wide array of charitable programs. Having expanded our reach and legacy giving through the form of community initiatives, such as Random Act of Kindness Day, the Vital Signs Program, Inspiration 100, and the Will Power Program, we provide donors with unique ways to support and build Windsor-Essex County.

Why work with us?

Most of us spend a lifetime contributing to a cause that’s close to our heart. But more and more Canadians are going one step further to leave a gift to charity in their Will. You can make a bigger contribution than you ever thought possible, without using any of the money you need now. The WindsorEssex Community Foundation provides you with the opportunity and flexibility to create your own personal philanthropic fund suited specifically to your needs and interests. Every donation to an endowment fund at the WECF is kept in perpetuity. This means that only the proceeds earned from investment of your donation are used to grant back to the community. An endowment is an everlasting gift to the community, continuing to give year after year to the causes and charities you care about.

Our Impact

Our impact is your impact. Leaving a legacy at the WindsorEssex Community Foundation is about creating the change you want to see in the world. We can work with you to identify how to have the greatest impact with your legacy today, tomorrow, and forever. Tangible and sustainable change is created when donors listen, learn more deeply, and become engaged with the community. That’s why we’re proud to support and share our connections with smaller and mid-sized organizations that do so much of the heavy lifting involved in addressing inequalities.

See what your legacy could be

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Legal Name

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation

Charity Number

890653595 RR 0001

How your gift will be used

Establishing a legacy enables you to start planning for the future that reflects your values. We can set up a bequest agreement with you in as little as one conversation. Once you name the WindsorEssex Community Foundation as a beneficiary of your estate via any legal will, you can update your bequest agreement as often as you wish, without the hassle of modifying your will.

We will invest your gift wisely. The WindsorEssex Community Foundation works with leading investment expert Connor Clark and Lunn to help your fund grow so that the reach of your legacy will expand over time.

We will ensure that your gift has a lasting impact. Whether you have named specific charities, created guidelines for us to follow, or left the decision to our team of experts, your legacy will be directed to impactful community projects and charities that align with your philanthropic goals.

We will honour your wishes no matter what the future holds. The future is unpredictable—that’s what we’re here for. The WindsorEssex Community Foundation’s job is to ensure that the charitable legacy you establish today is flexible and adaptable in order to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

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