June 22, 2020

Steve Pomeroy, head of Focus Consulting Inc. and Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for Urban Research and Education (CURE) at Carleton University, was on CBC Ottawa Morning to discuss his work with the Ottawa Community Foundation in setting up an acquisition fund to invest in affordable housing. Stream the interview (CBC Ottawa Morning)


March 27, 2020 

President and CEO Marco Pagani is interviewed for 1310 News with Sam Laprade. Marco spoke on the Foundation’s response to COVID-19. Stream the interview (1310 News).

March 15, 2020

President and CEO Marco Pagani is interviewed for CFRA’s Money Talk with John Budden. Marco spoke on the work that community foundations do, and in particular some of the strategic priorities that the OCF has undertaken. Stream the interview (Bell Media and 580 CFRA).

June 9, 2019

The Ottawa Community Foundation is one of seven investors that have committed a total of $1.75 million to help Indigenous businesses scale. By creating this small impact fund, Vancouver-based Raven Indigenous Capital Partners is making equity investments in socially-focused indigenous entrepreneurs. The OCF joins Community Foundations of Canada, Inspirit Foundation, Lawson Foundation, Lochmaddy Foundation, Swift Foundation and Vancity in backing the fund. See the full article in The Globe and Mail[subscription may be required] or see ImpactAlpha for a summary.

May 23, 2019

OCF’s Vice-President Bibi Patel was recently featured in an article published across various outlets discussing donor-advised funds. Other sources: Toronto Star | Globe and Mail (Video)

March 20, 2019

The following is an interview between Alan Neal of CBC’s All in a Day and Rebecca Aird, OCF’s Director of Grants and Community Knowledge and Lead on the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) file. In the interview, Rebecca discusses the recent announcement by the federal government to invest $183 million in LC3 and the naming of Ottawa as one of the seven centres.

September 26, 2018

On September 26th, the Ottawa Community Foundation joined the United Ways, Canadian Red Cross and community partners in the aftermath of the storm. The following is some of the editorial coverage from the announcement.

CTV: City’s leading organizations unite for tornado relief efforts, launch new website

CTV: Video (2:40 – 3:08)

Ottawa Matters: United Way Ottawa launches new website, lays out priorities for tornado relief

CBC: Charities unite to aid tornado victims

September 7, 2018, Global News

Youth Now Farm , a finalist in the 2017 New Leaf Community Challenge, is profiled in this Global News segment which highlights the work of Youth Now Canada and the Parkdale Food Centre in  helping at-risk Ottawa youth gain job skills.

June 21, 2017, Ripples, Spring Issue (#39)

President and CEO Marco Pagani is interviewed for the Spring issue of Ripples, the newsletter published by the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area

May 30, 2017, Rogers Community Ottawa

President and CEO Marco Pagani joins Host Dylan Black on Rogers Community Ottawa to talk about the organization’s new look and bold new direction.

Jan. 4, 2017, Ottawa Magazine

Ottawa artists’ incomes top national average at $25K

Dec. 22, 2016 – Ottawa Citizen

Dec. 19, 2016 – Ottawa Community News

Foundation finds Ottawa arts funding lacking

Dec. 16, 2016 – Ottawa Magazine

Ottawa Community Foundation offers independent look at arts funding

Dec. 15, 2016 – CBC Ottawa

Ottawans aren’t participating as much in city-run arts programs, report finds

Dec. 15, 2016 – Ottawa Citizen

Oct. 28, 2016 – Ottawa Citizen

Innovation Centre ready to nurture poverty-busting social enterprises

Sept. 14, 2016 – Ottawa Citizen

June 24, 2016 – Ottawa Citizen

May 4, 2016 – Ottawa Community News

New funds to help refugees settling in Ottawa

April 25, 2016 – Ottawa Citizen

April 25, 2016 – Metro

New platform offers insight into local issues

April 25, 2016 – Ottawa Citizen

Sept. 11, 2015 – Ottawa Life Magazine

Community Foundation Board Members Susan St. Amand and Janice Payne among Top 25 People in the Capital for 2015

May 4, 2015 – Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU)


Gordon Thiessen wins CALU award for outstanding public policy leadership

Jan. 3, 2015 – Ottawa Citizen
David Sweanor has been donating anonymously for the past 15 years…until now
Video Interview about decision to go public

May 31, 2014 – MSN Canada
Ottawa foundation offers $125,000 food security grant

May 31, 2014 – Ottawa Citizen
Food Chain: Making healthy, affordable food available downtown

May 31, 2014 – CBC Ottawa
Ottawa foundation offers $125,000 food security grant

May 29, 2014 – Ottawa Community News
Organization hosts city-wide food security challenge; New funding initiative aims to improve access to affordable food

February 15, 2014 – CHIN Radio
Interview with Marco Pagani

December 27, 2013 – Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Community Foundation’s Barbara McInnes stepping down after 22 years

December 2, 2013 – Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Community Foundation picks leader with ‘rocket fuel’

March 4, 2013 – Ottawa Citizen
Philanthropist set to retire

November 20, 2012 – Ottawa Citizen
Inspiring Philanthropy

November 16, 2012 – Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Community Foundation marks 25 years of caring and giving

May 23, 2012 – Ottawa Citizen, Leave a Legacy
From family dynasty to community legacy: how Shirley and John Westeinde are paying it forward

May 23, 2012 – Ottawa Citizen, Leave a Legacy
The Ottawa School Breakfast Program – a true communal success story

November 30, 2011 – Ottawa Citizen, The Wrap
The Great River Project – creating a network of care along the Ottawa River

November 15, 2011 – Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa women making a difference in the community now…and forever

November 15, 2011 – Ottawa Citizen
iSisters opens up new vistas for women in need

Sept. 28, 2011 – Ottawa Citizen, The Wrap
Local literacy projects make a difference in lives of marginalized women, new immigrant families

Sept. 7, 2011 – Ottawa Citizen, The Wrap
Reel Kids making Real Movies – IFCO summer youth programs supported by CFO

June 22, 2011 – Ottawa Citizen, The Wrap
Care for the land you love

May 25, 2011 – Ottawa Citizen
Legacies of passion and promise