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Who is the Hamilton Community Foundation?

Mission and Vision

A vibrant, inclusive Hamilton.

To drive positive change by connecting people, ideas and resources.

We drive positive change in Hamilton by

Helping people give in a way that has meaning to them and impact in the community.

  • Like all community foundations, HCF is unique from other charities because donors may support any area of charitable interest including arts and culture, education, health and human services, environment and recreation.

Supporting all aspects of community life through grants and financing to a wide range of charitable organizations and initiatives.

  • Beyond our traditional granting, HCF is unique in Hamilton because we also offer loans to charitable organizations and initiatives. This puts more of our capital to work for Hamiltonians. We also increase the amount of funds available to Hamilton programs by leveraging partnerships and matching gifts from a range of private and public partners. 

Engaging in community leadership by bringing people together to address priority issues that affect Hamiltonians.

  • Leadership is an HCF hallmark. We mobilize our knowledge, assets and relationships to address emerging community issues and opportunities, We act to drive positive change and foster a vibrant inclusive city.

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Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) is part of a network of over 191 Canadian community foundations who contribute time, leadership and financial support to initiatives that benefit their community most, based on an intimate understanding of local needs and opportunities.

About Community Foundations

Community foundations are charitable organizations dedicated to improving communities in specific geographical areas. They do this by pooling the charitable gifts of donors to create endowment funds and using the investment income to make grants. Some community foundations support a town or a city, while others support an entire province.

Hamilton Community Foundation is a member of Community Foundations of Canada, the national membership organization for community foundations across Canada and is a “sector champion” member of Imagine Canada, a national program to promote public and corporate giving, volunteering and support to the community.