About The Guelph Community Foundation
The Guelph Community Foundation helps you make your charitable giving easy, flexible and effective. We have in-depth knowledge of the community, its organizations, needs and opportunities. We have specialized knowledge about estate planning and the ways donors can maximize the value of their charitable giving. We combine these two areas of expertise to help donors fulfill their charitable goals, maximize their tax opportunities, and meet important needs in the community.
We are a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Guelph and the surrounding community. Registered charitable # 86727 8350 RR0001.
To strengthen and support our community through philanthropic leadership.
Inspired philanthropy as a trusted connection between people and causes within our community.
To empower people and causes through evidence-based granting and donor support.
Community Driven – we are of and for our community.
Respect – we act in ways which value all people.
Integrity – we earn and maintain trust by operating as philanthropic leaders.
Impact Focused – we address priority needs within our community through meaningful connections and intentional resource allocations.
Meeting Community Needs
Currently, the Foundation administers $15.5 million in funds with $13.0 million in permanent endowed assets. Since inception, $13.5 million has been distributed through more than 2,300 individual grants to local charitable programs. We have established over 155 funds that support: arts and culture; children and youth; education; environment; health and wellness; recreation; seniors; community vitality; animal welfare and social services. We grant for breadth and impact to the widest possible needs and opportunities.
Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025
We are a Living Wage Employer
Guelph Community Foundation pays all full time, part time, and contract staff a Living Wage. We also encourage all organizations that apply for funding to request enough to enable them to pay their staff a living wage.