CFNS News & Updates
December 2022 - Year-End Edition
Hello! Long time, no hear.
We realize it’s been a while since we’ve been in touch. Not to make excuses but
we've been busy - new staff, new Board members, move to a new location, scholarship awards, facilitating funding initiatives including the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, Investment Readiness Program, Communities for Gender Equality, and the Reciprocity Health Fund, supporting our fund holders and more. And while, like everyone, we've been adjusting to the new normal of living with COVID-19, we’ve
also been out in the community, from Sydney to Yarmouth and many places in between. We’re excited to be back in touch, and to share some of what we’ve
been up to. 

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

Daniel, Beth, Emma and Joanne
CEO Message
What a year we’ve had here at the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia! From ensuring stable fundholder engagement and working with new fundholders to launch funds to meet their desire for community impact, to articulating a new strategic narrative that allows for the telling of inspiring stories of that impact, it has been a year of considered and intentional energy invested in preparing for our next phase of growth. This year also saw us deepen collaborative relationships with the United Way and Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia in developing the NS Non-profit Coalition, while our involvement in three national funding programs brought us into closer delivery relationships with both Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation and the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia.
And in connecting donors with doers in making a positive difference in our communities, I got to travel this beautiful province of ours, meeting with dedicated and passionate volunteers and local leaders who want to see their communities not just survive but thrive. I am grateful to be part of these conversations in helping build communities of respect, belonging and possibility.
As I reflect on where we've been in 2022 and where we are going next year, the image of a sailboat comes to mind, as an organization’s growth is akin to a ship on a long journey. Each stage is a leg of the trip requiring the boat to be prepared and outfitted. This year has been about making sure we have the charts and instruments, tools and stores, and the most experienced crew for the trip. Few people see the time, resources or work put into the preparation. I am confident that even though the weather may be unpredictable and we can expect to adapt as we go, we are ready to set sail for the next leg of our journey, well-equipped with a very capable crew.
May you have fair winds and following seas.

Daniel Holland
In the News
Opportunities for Economic Growth in Lunenburg County

People in Lunenburg County were asked to imagine what economic development they want to see and support in their communities. Hear Dr. Karen Foster of Dalhousie University discuss the findings on CBC Information MorningThe research was carried out in support of LIFT Lunenburg County Microlending, which provides loans up to $10K for new/expanding business in helping grow the local economy. We are proud to have helped facilitate this initiative, in partnership with the Lunenburg County Community Fund and The Fulcher Foundation. Learn more about LIFT here.
Supporting Yarmouth Area Organizations and Students

Mary Eldridge, Co-Chair of the Yarmouth Area Community Fund, and our CEO, Daniel Holland, were pleased to speak with Candace Phibbs of Y-95.5 The Weekender on the role of the Yarmouth Area Community Fund and its support of local organizations, including student scholarships. They also talked about the new Reciprocity Health Fund and how it will impact health outcomes in the Tri-County area. Listen to the “Yarmouth Area Community Fund” interview here.
We Rise Again Fund
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