Who Are We?

Sunshine Coast Foundation provides stable and sustainable support to charitable organizations from Port Mellon to Egmont. It offers individuals, families, corporations, businesses, and groups the opportunity to pool charitable giving into a single Community Capital Fund that is responsive to the needs and concerns of the area’s residents.

What is a community foundation?

Community foundations contribute time, leadership and financial support to local initiatives, helping people give back where their communities need it most.

With an intimate knowledge of local priorities, community foundations champion what matters most by directing grants, expertise, leadership, and other investments towards everything from shelter, education, and care for those in need, to the arts, environment and recreation.

Here's a great little video about how community foundations can help donors make a difference.

How do community foundations work?

Community foundations play a crucial role in how people give back where communities need it most. We connect people, families and companies with causes that inspire them. We pool resources, knowledge and expertise, working with others for even greater impact.  And we help donors realize their philanthropic goals by matching their interests with community needs and finding innovative ways to make every donation count.

Community Foundations bring together people who care about their communities. We are independent, volunteer-driven, charitable organizations that operate in a specified geographic location. Our aim is to strengthen our communities by facilitating philanthropy, partnering with donors to build permanent endowments and other funds from which we support community projects, and providing leadership on issues of broad community concern.

Winnipeg created the first Canadian Community Foundation in 1921. They now exist in more than a dozen countries worldwide.

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations with combined assets of more than $4.6 billion, granting over $189 million to support charitable organizations in every Province and one Territory and a total of over $225 million n donations received. Together we help Canadians invest in making our communities better places to live, work and play. More than 85% of Canadian communities have access to a community foundation – from our largest cities to our smallest towns. 

We put the strength of our philanthropic network to the best possible use for our communities and our country. We’re championing the issues that matter to Canadians with an eye on the change we can make, now and for future generations. We’re exploring new ways to make a collective impact hand-in-hand with partners who share our vision.

Community Foundations are now the fastest growing source of philanthropic funds in Canada.

 Learn more about our Community Foundation here on the Sunshine Coast.