Over the past 16 months, a dedicated group of volunteers have been planning and developing a community foundation for Dufferin. The foundation is now incorporated with charitable status in process and a planned launch in mid-2018.
What is a Community Foundation and what can it do for the Dufferin County area?
Community foundations create and manage many kinds of funds, with the largest type being endowment funds. The funds are invested, and the income generated by the funds is spent to support charitable organizations in our area.
Significant funds come to community foundations from estate bequests. Using an established community foundation is more cost effective than setting up a private foundation, especially for smaller amounts.
There are over 191 community foundations across Canada, and Dufferin is surrounded by communities that have their own foundations. Our steering committee has gained significant insight through extensive conversations with the umbrella organization, Community Foundations of Canada, and with our neighbouring community foundations in Muskoka, Grey Bruce, Centre Wellington, Guelph, Caledon and Brampton.
We are now getting the word out to our community. The steering committee has presented to municipal governments in Dufferin, and have motions of support from the majority of municipal councils. A number of municipal councils have also made financial contributions to support the start up costs of the foundation.
If you have any questions or if you are interested in participating as a board member or committee member please contact us using our