Types of Funds 2017-11-16T15:51:43+00:00

Types of Funds

We offer a wide variety of fund types to choose from

Donors can select any of our fund types to establish in their name, the name of their family or business, or in honour of any person or organization. Depending on a donor’s philanthropic interests, funds can support the most pressing needs in the community, an area of focus, or specific causes or organizations.

While most Community Foundation funds are endowed, it is also possible to create non-endowed funds in order to donate to a particular cause or charity immediately.


  • Community Funds (unrestricted funds) are left to the discretion of the Foundation and constitute the core of its ability to strengthen the community by meeting emerging opportunities and addressing issues as they change over time.
  • Field-of-Interest Funds allow donors to direct grants to a particular area, such as social services, the arts or the environment.
  • Donor-Advised Funds are often considered the best alternative to establishing a private foundation as they allow donors to recommend which charitable organizations are to receive grants from their funds each year and in what amounts, leaving the burden of financial and administrative management of the fund to the Community Foundation.
  • Designated Funds allow donors to choose specific charitable organizations that will be ongoing beneficiaries of the annual income generated by their gifts.
  • Organizational Funds can be established by organizations with registered charitable status in order to benefit from the Foundation’s professional endowment management expertise.
  • Impact Investing Funds help provide loans to charitable organizations, allowing the Foundation to seek out investments that provide both a financial return and a social and/or environmental benefit.

Donors may establish a named fund or give anonymously.

Any of these funds can be established in a donor’s name, the name of their family, business or organization, or anyone they wish to honour.

All grants distributed from Foundation funds — today and in the future — are then awarded to charitable organizations in the donors’ names.  It’s a great way for them to always be involved with, and remembered for, their community investment.

Funds may also be established and disbursed anonymously.