As we approach our country's 150th birthday in 2017, Governor General David Johnston has challenged Canadians to imagine our country as it could be – a "smart and caring nation" that holds promise for everyone.
Community foundations across Canada are rising to that challenge with Smart & Caring Communities – a vision that will see more communities served by community foundations and will connect our communities by establishing Smart & Caring Community initiatives from coast to coast to coast.
The Smart & Caring Difference
To us, “smart” means understanding our communities’ needs and knowing how to approach the issues that face them. “Smart” communities are ones that have the knowledge and expertise to create economic and social well-being for everyone. “Caring” is the quality that motivates us to act on our knowledge, ensuring that all citizens have the same opportunities.
London and Middlesex County has issues to deal with. From work and economy to a growing wealth divide. But London and Middlesex County also has people who are interested and engaged in finding ways to make this community a more vital place to live, work and play.
Since 1979, London Community Foundation has provided steadfast support for our community and the charitable organizations that make it strong.
London Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving communities across London and Middlesex County. We do this by pooling the charitable gifts of donors to create endowment funds and using the investment income to make grants. London Community Foundation also provides leadership — monitoring this area's quality of life and convening people, ideas, and resources to help build stronger and more resilient communities.
We are one of the largest of Canada's 165 community foundations. We have grown to hold over $45 million in assets and to work with hundreds of concerned Londoners and high-impact community organizations.
Through the power of giving, we create a vibrant and caring community by investing strategically in innovative community-based solutions.
We strengthen the community by investing in projects that:
- emphasize prevention rather than remediation
- encourage networking and collaboration among organizations
- demonstrate innovative or interdisciplinary approaches
- develop local leadership capacity
- reflect diversity and inclusivity
- provide leveraging possibilities in order to build skills, capabilities and assets of people and groups in our community.
A community working together so that each member has the opportunity for an enriched quality of life.
What we do
All gifts are invested and held forever in an endowment. Through prudent investment and due diligence in grantmaking, the Foundation is able to ensure that our donors' wishes are respected in perpetuity. Only through London Community Foundation can a donor support multiple charities, specific areas of interest or create unique opportunities to leverage funding with others.