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Charitable Endowment Fund

Securing and managing financial support can be an ongoing challenge for many non-profits and charitable organizations in Nova Scotia, especially those with limited staff and resources.  If you are one such organization, you may want to consider starting a Charitable Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia.  Not only will it provide you with better financial stability, but will also provide you with more time to focus on what matters most to your organization!

What is a Charitable Endowment Fund?
An endowment fund that a local non-profit or charity establishes with the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia as a permanent fund to ensure an ongoing source of support for its programs and operations.

How does it work?
A charitable organization creates a designated fund at the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. The fund is owned by the Community Foundation, however, the income is directed to the charitable organization. Donors can make contributions to the fund through the charitable organization or directly through the Community Foundation. All gifts to the fund are pooled and permanently invested to provide a stable, annual revenue stream for the organization.

What are the benefits?
By placing an endowment fund into the Community Foundation investment pool, the charitable organization increases its opportunities for maximizing income while reducing investment cost. The charitable organization is relieved of the internal accounting and reporting required as periodic statements on principal and income status are provided by the Foundation. In addition, an annual audit is performed by independent auditors as part of the Foundation’s regular audit procedure.

By transferring ownership to the Community Foundation, the fund is protected from encroachment by future boards. Community Foundation ownership also provides added reassurance to donors that their gifts will be held in perpetuity for exclusive use by the charitable organization or for a similar purpose should the charitable organization cease to exist.

Transfer of capital funds also removes the fund from the charitable organization’s financial statement, which may eliminate misunderstanding about the actual funds available to the agency for immediate use.

Any disadvantages?
Since it is a permanent fund, it is non-encroachable by the charitable organization, even during times of extreme financial need.

Charitable Endowment Funds

100 Men Who Give a Damn! Halifax Fund

Surgically injecting $10K+ into the work of local charities through funds, exposure and awareness

Established: 2017

100 Men Who Give a Damn! Halifax FundPurpose:

  • Men – at least those who give a damn – agree to meet once a quarter and write a $100 cheque to a recipient charity
  • Well over $10,000 is directly injected into making Halifax stronger
  • This 100 Men Who Give a Damn! – Halifax Fund is a means to donate funds to the recipient charity prior to a quarterly meeting

About our fund:

At each quarterly meeting, three local charities – with just five persuasive minutes of mic time – go head-to-head for a chance to walk away with $10,000+. After hearing the three pitches the members of 100menHFX choose the recipient by secret ballot and write their $100 cheques to the recipient charity. It’s quick, efficient and amazing to witness.

This 100 Men Who Give a Damn! Halifax Fund is a means to donate funds to the recipient charity prior to a quarterly meeting, because we do not know the recipient before the vote (and because we are a non-organization without a bank account). The fund is a way for members (and non-members) to have their donation counted in the total presented to the recipient on the night if they are unable to attend the meeting.

One hundred per cent of funds received prior to a meeting are donated to the chosen recipient of that meeting. The date of the next quarterly meeting, joining details and charity nomination criteria can be found at

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The Alice M. Power Environmental Fund

A community environmental outreach to educate students and to conduct research on estuaries.

Established: 2015

The Alice M. Power Environmental FundPurpose:

  • To support youth in understanding natural environments and their place as responsible environmental citizens;
  • To support researchers and academics in using new technologies to bring students exciting portrayals of the need to work for a clean and energizing environment;
  • To build networks of physical/human resources that will help understanding the essential role a healthy environment adds to our standard of living and quality of life;
  • To create new insights as to how the intertwining of our streams, rivers, harbor basins and oceans bring a necessary stimulus to our fauna, birds and animal life.

Alice Power (nee Joy) grew up in Conche, an outport community in Newfoundland and Labrador far from the conveniences of urban Canada. Removed from the things most of us take for granted, like roads, electricity and indoor plumbing, she acquired an innate appreciation for the bountifulness of the land and sea from which all things come.

After graduating from Memorial University she taught for many years across the North where she hiked, skied, fished, hunted, camped and snowmobiled, while, at the same time, endeavored to influence the many students she guided both as a teacher and principal in the small community-based schools in the settlements along the Arctic shores. During that time she participated in the lives of her students and her community, whether eating muktuk in Cape Dorset, muskrat in Aklavik or orchestrating a fish camp in Whati. She was never far from the land and the sea and their physical and spiritual significance to the moulding of the human identity.

Since coming to Pugwash with her husband, Mike, she has been a super active volunteer in community activities – curling, hiking, camping, orienteering, contributing to a community newspaper, school volunteering, and particularly in teaching others—especially young people—about the importance and sensitivity of their natural surroundings.

Among her many contributions, the one which has immediately identified her as a community leader has been as chair of the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary. Joining a small gathering of friends she was instrumental in starting the Society and developing it to where its membership has grown to almost 150. In the course of so doing, she has enriched the lives of many with opening up the opportunity to participate in environmental monitoring, habitat restoration, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, and, most of all, develop an appreciation for the natural environment.

Alice, by her actions, is one of the foremost community developers along the Cumberland Shore!

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Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Fund

Surgically injecting $10K+ into the work of local charities through funds, exposure and awareness

Established: 2017

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens FundPurpose:

This Fund helps to support the long-term sustainability of the Historic Gardens which showcase gardening methods, designs and materials representing more than four hundred years of local history.

Annual proceeds from the Fund are given to the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Society – a non profit, registered charity which owns and operates the Gardens. The capital of the Fund is preserved over time to ensure a steady source of income for years to come.

About our Fund…

The Historic Gardens is a 17 acre horticultural paradise located in historic Annapolis Royal. Historically themed areas of the Gardens tell the story of Nova Scotian settlement from an agricultural and horticultural perspective.

  • The Pine Forest represents the huge eastern forests which once covered a vast area, long before Europeans settled in North America.
  • La Maison acadienne shows an early French settler’s dwelling, garden and dykelands, based on 1671 records, before the Acadian Deportation of 1755.
  • The Governor’s Garden is based on a design from the 18th century when Annapolis Royal was the capital of Nova Scotia.
  • The Victorian Garden, filled with showy annuals, reflects the prosperous days of shipbuilding and vigourous trade of the 19th century.
  • The Innovative Garden demonstrates modern horticultural methods and newly introduced plant material.

These historically based core gardens are linked by paths through other display areas. One of the most magnificent of these is the Rose Collection which has more than 230 cultivars, from ancient roses like the Apothecary Rose through to modern hybrids including roses of the Canadian Explorer, Parkland and Artist series.

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The Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Fund

A Fund created to support the traditional Celtic music of Cape Breton Island

Established: 2015

The Celtic Music Interpretive Centre FundPurpose:

This Fund was created to support the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre (CMIC), a one-of-a-kind facility located in the tiny village of Judique, Cape Breton Island. The CMIC’s mandate is to: Collect, preserve and promote the traditional Celtic music of Cape Breton Island through Education, Research and Performance. The CMIC offers an in-depth look into the history, culture and music of Cape Breton Island and was designated the “Official Celtic Music Centre of Nova Scotia” by the Nova Scotia Legislature in 2013. It has consistently contributed to building a vibrant local community year-round and offers employment for many local people.

The Centre offers: Youth music mentorship programs, workshops in various musical disciplines and Gaelic language, a yearly fiddle camp, Interactive Exhibit room, Archives & resource library, music & cultural interpretive demonstrations, year-round traditional music performances, full service recording studio, online streaming service and much more.

The Celtic Music Interpretive Centre’s objectives are:

  1. To foster the growth of Celtic and Gaelic culture to ensure the culture’s long-term survival;
  2. To archive & digitize materials of historical importance to the Celtic music culture;
  3. To showcase and promote local musicians, especially youth performers; 4. To create and administer programs focused on the artistic development of youth.

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Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Preservation Fund

Nourishing our connections with the land and what has gone before

Established: 2011

Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Preservation FundPurpose:

This Funds supports:

  • Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
  • Cole Harbour Meeting House
  • Cole Harbour & Area Archives
  • Cole Harbour & Area Oral Histories
  • Cole Harbour & Area Genealogies
  • Rosemary Gilliat Eaton Photographic Collection
  • Resource Library

About our Fund…

The Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society has been collecting, preserving, and protecting Cole Harbour’s cultural and natural heritage for 40 years. A community response to the rapid change from rural to urban landscape, the Society continues to champion this once prosperous agricultural community and bring its story to life to the delight of thousands each year at the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum; “the Farm”.   An authentic glimpse of living history located just a stone’s throw from the urban centre, the Farm offers an instant connection to our rural past. With broad public access a founding core value, admission to the Farm is by voluntary donation. The Farm is a frequent stop for the community, especially its younger members, to watch the farm animals and gardens grow, learn about their care and cultivation and get their hands dirty through the many structured opportunities for participation and experiential learning.

The Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society is a voice for the rural Cole Harbour of yesterday and the developing Cole Harbour of today. A catalyst for the protection and designation of the Cole Harbour/Lawrencetown Coastal Heritage Park System, the Society continues to maintain an active role in promoting limited and careful use of this and other sensitive lands in and around the saltmarsh.   The Society participates in community affairs, events and development through representation, partnership, and outreach and strives to continually promote respect for the harbour, the land and the unique cultural history which grew from them.

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Don and Elaine Peeling Fund

In support of St. John’s Anglican Church, Westphal

Established: 2011

Don and Elaine Peeling FundPurpose:

A visit to Nova Scotia in the summer of 1950 changed Don Peeling’s life forever. While out for a refreshing swim he met his future wife – a lovely Nova Scotian named Elaine. One year later they were married and in 1952 their daughter, Deborah, was born.

In 1964 the couple settled in the community of Westphal where they became active members of St. John’s Anglican Church. That “Little Church with the Big Heart” as it is affectionately known by locals lived up to its title welcoming the Peelings. They formed a life-long bond with the Church and its congregation as both parishioners and committed volunteers, a bond that lives on today.

St. John’s Anglican Church “The Little Church with the Big Heart”The Don and Elaine Peeling Fund was established by the Peelings to provide a reliable source of annual financial support to St. John’s Anglican Church. This Church has always played an important role in their lives and the Peelings wanted to do their part to help ease the Church’s financial burden and ensure that it can continue to carry out its good work year after year, for generations.

St. John’s Anglican was consecrated by Bishop Inglis, the first Anglican bishop in North America, on June 26, 1791 – the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. St. John’s Anglican Church is known locally as the Great Grandmother of all metro Anglican churches on the Dartmouth side of the Halifax Harbour. The Parish was begun by a poor and hardworking population. The original St. John’s church was located on Crane Hill Road. The current structure is the third church built by this congregation and was consecrated in 1851.

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Eastern Shore Heritage Preservation Fund

Preserving in perpetuity the heritage of the Eastern Shore from Lawrencetown to Ecum Secum

Established: 2009

Eastern Shore Heritage Preservation FundPurpose:

This Fund helps support:

  • Memory Lane Heritage Village
  • Eastern Shore Images Collection
  • Eastern Shore Heritage Research Projects
  • Eastern Shore Genealogies
  • Eastern Shore Homecoming
  • Eastern Shore Gazette Column
  • Eastern Shore Archives
  • Eastern Shore Oral History Collection
  • Regional Artifact Storage Facility
  • Eastern Shore Heritage Network
  • Routes to Roots Website

About our Fund…

The Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society was founded in 1995 by community members from Lake Charlotte, Ship Harbour, DeBaie’s Cove, Owls Head, Little Harbour, Clam Harbour and Clam Bay, as well as Upper Lakeville and Oyster Pond / Jeddore who recognized a need for preserving the heritage of these communities. In fact, the Society’s creation was spurred on by the imminent loss of significant heritage buildings in the area, such as the Hosking General Store.

Over the past fifteen years, members of the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society have dedicated themselves to preserving and sharing the unique human and natural history of the Lake Charlotte area. Today, the Heritage Society is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, a paid part-time Executive Director, and over 120 volunteers. As part of its education mandate, the Society owns and operates Memory Lane Heritage Village, a living history museum depicting rural Nova Scotia life in the 1940s and which has as a focal point, the beloved Hosking General Store!

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Fondation communautaire du Grand-Havre

Together for education and community projects

Established: 2017

Fondation communautaire du Grand-HavrePurpose:

The Fondation communautaire du Grand-Havre was created following joint agreements between the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) in 2015 and the province of Nova Scotia in 2016 with the Francophone Community of Halifax. An initial contribution of $75,000 by HRM and $75,000 by the Province was granted towards restoring and strengthening relations with the Acadian and Francophone community in the municipality.

Objectives of the fund:

The aims of the “Fondation” are to promote the French culture and language as well as to increase participation by members of the Acadian and Francophone community within the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Selection and granting of student bursaries and other grants are made annually to offer:

  • Financial aid to Acadian and Francophone students graduating from our CSAP schools in HRM who wish to further their studies at a post secondary level (universities, colleges or others), preferably but not necessarily in French, in Canada.
  • Activities to promote the development, outreach and visibility of the community.
  • Promotion of community programs and services.
  • Leadership initiatives to enhance and support community organizations.

Your help can take many forms:

  • a one-time donation
  • a recurring pledge
  • a donation for a specific project

We have joined forces with the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia in partnership with CanadaHelps to accept on-line credit card donations. You can access our account and make a donation by clicking the Donate Now button.

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Alternatively, you can donate directly by sending a cheque made out to Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, with “Fondation communautaire du Grand-Havre” in the memo line, to the following address:

Community Foundation of Nova Scotia
1888 Brunswick St, Suite 806
Halifax, NS, B3J 3J8

Apply for funding:

The Fondation communautaire du Grand-Havre is proud to announce that it has created annual grants totaling approximately $3,000 for community projects that promote culture, the French language and the participation of members of the French-speaking community of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Use the button below to apply for funding.

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Halifax Regional Police Foundation

Safe, inclusive, stronger together

Established: 2017

Halifax Regional Police Foundation


  • To fund community projects and initiatives not normally financed by the Halifax Regional Municipality (through individual business unit initiatives and/or coordinated through the Public Safety Advisor) or the Halifax Regional Police.
  • To provide direction for the proceeds from miscellaneous donations, including honoraria HRP will receive as well as for proceeds arising from HRP’s brand and intellectual property (name and all related symbols) through the retail sales of HRP merchandise. These proceeds would be used to further enhance relevant community projects.

About the Foundation:

The Halifax Regional Police Foundation (HRPF) was established in late 2017 with the goal of providing ancillary funding for crime prevention and support initiatives for communities served by Halifax Regional Police (HRP). Aligned with HRP’s 10-year strategic plan and informed by Halifax Regional Municipality’s Public Safety Strategy, HRPF’s areas of focus are supporting youth and encouraging innovation in support of safer, stronger and more inclusive communities.


Funds from HRPF will be used to support essential community-based programs and projects focused on the youth, such as the purchase of electronic equipment for after-school community programming, sports equipment and other supplies to enhance existing or upcoming programs. Support would not be provided for sponsorships of community groups and entities, but for specific initiatives, programs and purchases.




Encourage positive change through enhanced community supports for safer, stronger and more inclusive communities.




To be a recognized charitable organization dedicated to enhancing safety and inclusion through meaningful partnerships and investments in youth and community capacity building.




Empowering Youth: We support community-based initiatives to prevent children and youth from engaging in criminal activity and supporting them in leading productive lives. We will achieve this through programs focused on early intervention and prevention as well as on root causes of crime and inequity.


Inclusion and Collaborative Impact: We invest in select initiatives to augment collaborative impact and intentional community building for safer, healthier and more productive communities.


Thought-Leadership: We support and celebrate forward-looking initiatives, excellence and innovation to help develop social capital in our communities, and aim to address gaps in supports based on an evidence-based examination.




Integrity: Conduct the business of the Foundation with utmost accountability, honesty and integrity.


Inclusion: Continuously demonstrate commitment to promoting diversity of thought, actions and backgrounds.


Focus: Target efforts for focused action and measurable results consistent with the strategic purpose.


Stewardship: Provide robust stewardship to the Foundation’s work in support of both its long and short-term goals as well as to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.


Collaboration: Leverage collective knowledge, community partnerships, expertise and resources for the best outcomes.



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Healing the Bruises Fund

A counselling and support program for child witnesses of domestic abuse

Established: 2010

Healing the Bruises FundPurpose:

  • To provide therapeutic support for children to explore their feelings surrounding the violence they witnessed in an abusive home.
  • To assist mothers of abused children to be proactive healers in their child’s recovery.
  • To educate youth about violence and promote healthy home environments.

About our Fund…

The Healing the Bruises Fund allows Alice Housing, the largest second stage housing organization in Atlantic Canada to continue providing its program to assist children and their mothers affected by family violence.

The program is designed to offer modified play and art therapy, toddler check-ins, one-on-one counselling for school aged children, STRAIGHTtalk for tweens and teens, workshops for mothers, and on-going parental support. In addition, Counsellor Advocates in schools and other agencies are involved with families to make sure the right service is being provided to the right child at the right time. Healing the Bruises helps children understand the violence from their past does not have to be their legacy or the frame of their future.

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Halifax Refugee Clinic Foundation

Supporting refugees through award-winning, life changing and lifesaving work

Established: 2018

Healing the Bruises Fund


The Halifax Refugee Clinic Foundation supports refugees through the award-winning, life changing and lifesaving work carried out by a dedicated team of staff, volunteer and pro bono lawyers of the Halifax Refugee Clinic.

About the fund:

The Halifax Refugee Clinic Foundation is a permanent endowment fund, which ensures an ongoing source of support for the Halifax Refugee Clinic.About the Halifax Refugee Clinic:

The Halifax Refugee Clinic officially commenced operations on June 1, 2000. The Clinic is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, community based organization that provides no-cost legal and settlement services to refugee claimants in Nova Scotia who are unable to afford the services of private legal counsel.


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Heart of the Bay Fund

An Initiative of the St. Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association

Established: 2008

Heart of the Bay FundPurpose:

  • Maintain the Island’s ecological integrity
  • Ensure public access through safe, respectful use of the Island
  • Provide youth and environmental education programs
  • Expand stewardship efforts to other islands and coastal shores throughout St. Margaret’s Bay by working with local residents and partner organizations

About our Fund…

It all started during the summer of 2006 when an island gem in St. Margaret’s Bay went up for sale. While Micou’s Island, a 22 acre oasis at the tip of Indian Point, had been in private hands since the 1800’s, the owners had always encouraged respectful use of the island by neighbours and visitors alike. Threatened by the loss of this community jewel, a dedicated group of volunteers, through the St. Margaret’s Stewardship Association, joined together and raised enough funds to buy the Island and keep it as a community asset in perpetuity.

Thanks to the efforts and generosity of those who believed in the importance of keeping the Island publicly accessible, Micou’s has now become a hub for local environmental activity and stewardship. An historical cottage has been restored to its 1800’s glory and is home to a seasonal volunteer stewardship program on the island.

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Helen Creighton Folklore Fund

Promoting the diverse folk culture of the Maritimes

Established: 2013

Helen Creighton and Edmund Henneberry, Devil’s Island c.1950.Purpose:

  • To honour the work of local folklorist Helen Creighton (1899-1989)
  • To encourage and promote work that reflects the diverse folk culture of the Maritimes
  • To support the activities of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society

About our Fund…

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Fund was established to support the work of the Society which is named in honour of folklorist Helen Creighton (1899-1989), who collected and published traditional music, stories and lore of Maritime Canada. Creighton was born and lived most of her life in Dartmouth, NS and her home, Evergreen House, is now a part of the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. Over the course of her career, Creighton collected over 4,000 songs, ballads and stories. She authored thirteen books of traditional songs, ballads and stories, of which her Bluenose Ghosts is the most widely known. She received many awards, including six honorary doctorates and the Order of Canada. Today the Society’s mandate is to encourage and promote work that reflects the diverse traditional and emerging folk culture of the Maritimes as exemplified by the work begun by Dr. Helen Creighton. Annual proceeds from the Fund are given to The Helen Creighton Folklore Society a charitable organization dedicated to promoting the folkloric culture of Maritime Canada. The Society continues to support research and programs in the folklore field.

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Historic Saint Paul’s Preservation Fund

Supporting the preservation, promotion and interpretation of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, National Historic Site, Halifax

Established: 2011

Saint Paul’s Church in its early years.Purpose:

  • To ensure the perpetual maintenance of Halifax’s oldest building
  • To promote the City’s earliest history and original Garrison Church to visitors
  • To explain the Site’s role in 260 years of civic history through educational programs
  • To enhance public music opportunities in a unique acoustical space

About our Fund….

Saint Paul’s is the oldest Protestant place of worship in Canada. Created by Royal Charter in 1749 and constructed in 1750, it has witnessed the history of Halifax. It has also supported the needs of many residents and visitors of all denominations.  Since the first service in September 1750, worship and community outreach have been continuously conducted by active congregations.

Today, Saint Paul’s parish community is strong and diverse and supports the ongoing operation and basic maintenance of the church. However, the growing challenges of preserving this National Historic Site while incorporating modern standards and technologies creates an ongoing need for financial support.

Saint Paul’s Church welcomes all to come and share our rich history and liturgical tradition. Amongst particular items of interest are a 1908 Cassavant pipe organ and artifacts from the Titanic.

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Hospice Society of Victoria County

Hand in Hand with Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Palliative Care and You

Established: 2016

Hospice Society of Victoria County

The Hospice Society of Victoria County strives to provide comfort at the end of life in many ways.


  • Provide home oxygen, medication and other needed supplies to homes throughout Victoria County.
  • Maintain the Healing Garden, the Palliative Care Patient Room, and the Palliative Care Family room at the Victoria County Memorial Hospital.
  • Provide funding for Professional Development to front-line workers in the area of palliative care with Victoria County.
  • Advocate for the community as it relates to palliative care.
  • Seek to provide educational opportunities for the community to learn more about palliative care and surrounding issues.
  • Collaborate with the community, other organizations and professionals to best serve Victoria County.
  • Organize fundraisers and accept donations to support the programs in place.

For more information or to donate to this Fund visit the Hospice Society’s website

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Le Fonds La Picasse

Supporting activities and projects for the Acadian community

Established: 2017

Le Fonds La Picasse
Le Fonds La Picasse was established to provide financial support for La Picasse, Centre Communautaire Culturel, a multi-disciplinary centre with the mandate of promoting the French language and culture in  Richmond County for the Acadian and francophone communities.

La Picasse, Centre Communautaire Culturel plays a pivotal role in the preservation and development of the Acadian and francophone community in Nova Scotia. The development of this fund allows Acadians to enjoy what their community has to offer for years to come.

The fund was established through an initial investment of $250,000 by the  l’Association du Centre marin Isle à Souris which was matched by the government of Nova Scotia bringing the initial investment for this fund to $500,000. The interest from the trust fund will be allocated annually to support La Picasse Community Cultural Centre.

La Picasse, Centre Communautaire Culturel, and the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia recognize the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

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Local Food Fund - South Shore School Food Project

Creating a healthy local food supply for all Nova Scotia

Established: 2010

Local Food FundPurpose:

  • To build a sustainable local food supply for Nova Scotians.
  • To raise awareness and educate residents about the importance of local food across the province.
  • To support unique projects with mandates aligned with the mission of the Local Food Fund.

About our Fund…

Nova Scotia has the ability to produce its own meat, dairy, eggs, fruit, vegetables, fish and soy products. Those involved with the local food fund want to support a variety of activities around the province to grow, store and preserve our local food supply. This will strengthen our ability to feed ourselves and our neighbours with fresh, safe food and contribute to the well-being of our local farmers and our local economies.

The Local Food Fund - South Shore School Food Project is the only charitable funding source in the province with a mandate dedicated to healthy local food issues.

It was established in 2010 by a Catalyst Group within Spirit Nova Scotia. The inaugural donation to the Local Food Fund was made by agricultural visionary and mentor on climate change Lil MacPherson in memory of her brother Jim MacPherson. She chose the Local Food Fund to honour their collective love for food. The initial donation was matched by Sean Sears, co-chair of Spirit Nova Scotia and his wife Barbara Thompson.

The Local Food Fund is partnering with the South Shore School Food Project to support development and build capacity for greater local source and better farm to school connections starting on the South Shore. 

The South Shore School Food Project focuses on bringing back into education to strengthen the foundations for the future of our children and Province by working together to build healthy menus in schools and make positive changes to food culture in cafeterias, classrooms and communities starting on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

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Nova Scotia Nature Trust Fund

Protecting Nova Scotia’s significant natural areas

Established: 2010

Nova Scotia Nature Trust FundPurpose:

  • To conserve Nova Scotia’s natural legacy;
  • To protect natural areas threatened by development and resource use;
  • To educate and inform landowners and key players about the importance of protecting special places.

About our Fund…

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust was formed in 1994 by a group of Nova Scotians passionate about conserving the province’s threatened ecological lands. Such lands range from coastal barrens and salt water marshes to rocky shores and expansive sand dunes, from hardwood forests and rugged highlands to rich and fertile river valleys. For years, residents and visitors of Nova Scotia have been attracted to this special combination of natural areas. The Nova Scotia Nature Trust works with private landowners and other partners to ensure a variety of landscapes and unique habitats are maintained for future generations.

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The Osprey Arts Fund

Supporting the Art Centre in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

Established: May 2017

The Osprey Arts FundThe Osprey Arts Fund was established to provide financial support to the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

The mission of the Osprey Arts Centre is:

  1. to be a fiscally sound theatre, performance facility, and gallery dedicated to excellence in the arts.
  2. to be a community facility that both presents programs of artistic merit and provides facilities for the presentation of performances by residents and visiting artists.

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Shelburne County Arts Council Endowment Fund for the Arts

An initiative to support arts activities in Shelburne County

Established: 2011

Shelburne County Arts Council Endowment Fund for the ArtsPurpose:

This fund was established to support the Shelburne County Arts Council and its many programs, which in turn support artists and the arts in the Shelburne County area.

About our Fund…

This Fund supports the Shelburne County Arts Council in its everyday operations and in the implementation of its programs, all of which support artists and the arts in Shelburne County. These programs exist to:

  • Commission local artists to create original works of art;
  • Archive the artistic history of the County;
  • Generate artistic activity through competitions and exhibitions;
  • Provide seed money to individuals and organizations engaged in important artistic activity;
  • Provide scholarship funds to County graduates pursuing the arts at a post-secondary level;
  • Record and publish local musicians and artists;
  • Promote the work of local artists;
  • Bring artists to local schools; and
  • Fill gaps in artistic activity wherever they may appear. This Fund is a base upon which we can all help to build long-term sustained support for the arts in the County. For those with the means and desire to support the arts, there will always be a way to make donations and bequeaths to benefit local artists and to maintain an active arts scene through this Fund.

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Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve Fund

A preservation fund for Annapolis Valley’s Ecological Gem

Established: 2010

Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve FundPurpose:

Preserve 605 acres of old-growth forests, undisturbed wetlands and unique flora and fauna in the Annapolis Valley.

About our Fund…

The Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve is protected land located within the Gaspereau River Watershed. It has spectacular views of the Gaspereau Valley, the Minas Basin and Cape Blomidon. Old-growth forests like those found in the Preserve are now exceptionally rare in Nova Scotia because many have been logged or converted for agricultural use. Less than 0.01% of Nova Scotia’s current forests are considered old-growth.

The Preserve is the result of a unique partnership between the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and the Town of Wolfville. The property is under a “conservation easement”, which restricts subdivision or development on the site. The Nature Trust has the rights to enforce the conservation restrictions and ensure its permanent protection.

The partnership between the Town of Wolfville and the Nature Trust sets an exciting precedent for government and community partnerships in land conservation, as it is the first partnership of its kind between a community land trust and a municipality in Canada. Preserving this portion of land opens opportunities for educational and ecological research of the natural area.

Town of Wolfville

Nova Scotia Nature Trust

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