CFNS news & updates
August 9 | Summer 2019
Community Foundations Canada Bi-Annual Conference
CFC All In Conference 2019
On June 5th I travelled to Victoria, BC to participate in the Community Foundation of Canada’s “All In” Conference on behalf of CFNS. More than 800 community builders, philanthropists, change makers and partners attended this transformative event.

Over three days, I participated in an exploration of how we can collectively and meaningfully be ‘All In’ for our communities and for a more equitable and sustainable future. The conference was organized in a way that had sessions targeted to all aspects of an effective community foundation, including building a high performance board; attracting and engaging youth in philanthropic efforts and community activism; utilizing social financing; producing effective vital signs reports; cultivating effective relationships between donors and advisors; and diversity, to name a few.
Green Shield Grant Recipients
Home of the Guardian Angel - Chebucto Family Centre
Dartmouth Family Centre - Food Centre Peer Support Program
Brigadoon Village - Camps BELIEVE and Kepoopse
Other grant recipients include:

  • The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia - Bright Smiles Project

  • The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia - Community Navigation Project

  • Dalhousie University Office of Advancement - Community Oral Health Partnership

  • Chebucto Connections - ECHO Program
Green Shield Canada Impact Fund
The GSC Impact Fund was established to donate a total of $6 million dollars to priority projects across six Canadian communities. This program, titled “Six 4 Six”, represents communities in Hamilton, ON; Windsor Essex, ON region; Calgary, AB and the Atlantic region.
CFNS has partnered with GSC to administer the program in Atlantic Canada where the initiative’s granting will focus will be on oral and mental health. 
2019 Scholarship Recipients
CFNS is pleased to have a number of scholarships under our umbrella that benefit Nova Scotians. Congratulations to all those who have been selected for 2019 and we wish you all the best on your educational pursuits.

New Funds
The Big Sing Community Fund
A charitable fund that has been established to support the creative and performing arts in Nova Scotia for years to come. Every dollar that is contributed to their fundraising events will go directly into establishing the Community Fund.

The Fund is partnered with the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, which specializes in providing innovative and progressive learning opportunities for youth out of their location in Dartmouth.  

A launch event for this fund was held on June 1st at St. Andrews Church in Halifax. This event had 200 people in attendance, and raised $5,000 to kick off their endowment fund. They performed Elton John's Rocket Man, which you can listen to here: The Big Sing - Rocket Man
Fund Update
Nova Scotia Nature Trust Fund
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust Fund was established in 2010 by Bob and Peggy McCalla. The purpose of the fund is to support the conservation efforts of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, an organization founded in 1994 to:
  • To conserve Nova Scotia’s natural legacy;
  • To protect natural areas threatened by development and resource use;
  • To educate and inform landowners and key players about the importance of protecting special places
Community News and Events
If you are a person with philanthropic desires or are part of a not-for-profit group, we would love to have you in the CFNS family. Reach out and see how you can be a part of us.

CFNS offers several options for local giving and you get the benefit of the following:
  • donations of all sizes are pooled together for a higher return on your investment
  • community funds are open & flexible to change to meet whatever the immediate need is
  • administrative & marketing support is provided
  • leaving a lasting legacy
Community Foundations of Canada
2019 Rookie Retreat
August 21-24, 2019
Wasan Island, Muskoka, Ontario
If you are new to the community foundation movement and interested in getting up to speed quickly and help you build your skills, accelerate your onboarding and connect you to peers in our pan-Canadian movement, you are invited to join the Community Foundation of Canada on beautiful Wasan Island in the Muskoka Lakes.
While there you will:
        meet and learn from experts in the fields of community leadership, organizational development and philanthropy
        focus on setting goals and mapping your unique professional and leadership journey
        develop deep connections and create tools to bring “it all” back to your own community foundation
        build your network
To save your spot, please contact Cindy Lindsay at CFC:
RBC Future Launch Community Challenge
There is still time to apply for an RBC Future Launch Community Grant. Grants are available in the communities of Glace Bay, Lunenburg, and Yarmouth.

The challenge asks youth (ages 15-29) to develop, pitch and implement projects helping deal with
challenges affecting their community. These can be issues like intergenerational connections, food security and environmental issues.

The deadline for applications is September 18, 2019.

Application form and additional information can be found online at RBC Future Launch.

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