The Toronto Community Foundation makes it possible to give back to your community now and leave a legacy for future generations.
We work with you to set up an endowment fund - a way of saving for philanthropy. This allows you to set aside money that can earn granting dollars for particular charities or causes, depending on your interests.
We've helped hundreds of Fundholders focus on generating positive change while we provide the support and services that help make it all happen.
A Few Simple Choices
It's easy to set up your own endowment fund with us - there are just three decisions to make:
1. Ways to Give
When establishing a Foundation, the Toronto Community Foundation accepts various methods of contributions. Many donors start their Foundation with a gift of cash, but we also accept appreciated assets such as securities, real estate, life insurance, RRSPs and RRIFs. We can work with you and/or your professional advisor to help you decide which is best for you.
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2. Type of Fund
You have the flexibility to choose a Fund that meets your needs. To help make this decision, a member of our team would be happy to explain the options in further detail and offer a recommendation based on your charitable interests and philanthropic intentions.
- Donor Advised Fund: You direct grants to charitable organizations of your choice.
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- Vital Toronto Fund: Your gift to our community endowment helps us respond to our city's most pressing needs, as identified in our annual Toronto's Vital Signs® Report.
- Field-of-Interest Fund: You identify specific areas you care about and rely on our experience and expertise to make effective grants.
- Designated Fund: You designate one or more charitable organizations when your Fund is established and we'll grant to them every year.
- Flow-Through Fund: You distribute the capital of your Fund within 24 months of receipt to registered charities of your choice.
3. Name Your Fund
Many Fundholders use their Funds to engage their families in philanthropy and so they choose to give their Fund the family name. You may also wish to name your Fund in memory of someone special in your life, select a name that reflects the intentions of your Fund, or something truly unique that means something special to you.
What our Fundholders are Saying
"The Toronto Community Foundation gives donors the equivalent of a private foundation, invaluable guidance when making grants and the opportunity to be very involved in the philanthropic community."
- Suresh Pal Singh Bhalla, Bhalla Fund
"The Toronto Community Foundation gives us the opportunity to connect with a like-minded community of people dedicated to building a better future."
- Ping and Kha Sin Teow, Teow Family Foundation