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Community Funds

Local giving for local causes

Community funds are the perfect way to give back to your community. Donations of all sizes are pooled together in a single fund to support local charitable causes, and since it’s a permanent endowment fund, the giving continues forever.

A community fund is designed to be open and flexible to address the ever-changing needs and priorities of your community - from environmental concerns to social change and more. The fund is developed by members of the community, for the community, so you can be certain your investment stays local.

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia manages a growing network of community funds across the province:

Annapolis Royal Community Fund

Established: 2009

Annapolis Royal Community FundPurpose:

The Annapolis Royal Community Fund was established to provide a way for all of us to contribute to the community we love and to help ensure that our needs are addressed both now and into the future.

How the fund works:

The fund is administered by local community members who know our area well. They:

  1. Help to grow the fund and gather community resources to support the fund’s activities;
  2. Actively engage with others to understand the community’s needs and opportunities; and
  3. Grant from the fund to local organizations that make Annapolis Royal a great place to live.

About our fund:

The Annapolis Royal Community Fund was created by local residents to enhance the well-being of our community by strengthening the common good, improving our quality of life, and addressing our most challenging issues in thoughtful and meaningful ways. The fund supports the social needs and broad interests of our area including culture, education, arts, heritage, health, sport, recreation, and other cornerstones of our vibrant community.

How our approach is different:

Unlike buildings or equipment, your gift to the Annapolis Royal Community Fund will never outlive its usefulness. The Annapolis Royal Community Fund is a permanent endowment fund, meaning that only the interest is used to support local causes. Your gift contributes to the vitality of the area both today and tomorrow. What better gift can you give to your friends, your family and your neighbours?

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Bridgetown Area Community Fund

Your dream, your endowment, your legacy

Established: 2008

Bridgetown Area Community FundPurpose:

The Bridgetown Area Community Fund was established to provide a way for all of us to contribute to the community we love and to help ensure that our needs are addressed both now and into the future.

How the fund works:

The fund is administered by local community members who know our area well. They:

  1. Help to grow the fund and gather community resources to support the fund’s activities;
  2. Actively engage with others to understand the community’s needs and opportunities; and
  3. Grant from the fund to local organizations that make the Bridgetown area a great place to live.

About our fund:

The Bridgetown Area Community Fund was created by local residents to enhance the well-being of our community by strengthening the common good, improving our quality of life, and addressing our most challenging issues in thoughtful and meaningful ways. The fund supports the social needs and broad interests of our area including culture, education, arts, heritage, health, sport, recreation, and other cornerstones of our vibrant community.

How our approach is different:

Unlike buildings or equipment, your gift to the Bridgetown Area Community Fund will never outlive its usefulness. The Bridgetown Area Community Fund is a permanent endowment fund, meaning that only the interest is used to support local causes. Your gift contributes to the vitality of the area both today and tomorrow. What better gift can you give to your friends, your family and your neighbours.

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Eastern Shore Community Fund

Show your love for the Shore

Established: 2018

Eastern Shore Community FundPurpose:

The Eastern Shore Community Fund provides a means for people who care to contribute to supporting organizations that are vital to building stronger, more inclusive communities on the Shore.

How the fund works:

The fund is administered by a committee of local community members who know our area well.

  1. They help to spread the word about the fund, and its long-term potential to help develop the area.
  2. They actively engage with others to understand the needs and opportunities of our area.
  3. They grant from the fund to organizations that make the Eastern Shore a great place to live.

About our fund:

The Eastern Shore Community Fund offers those who care about life on the Shore a way to contribute directly towards not only enhancing quality of life on the Shore, but also to attracting new people to the area.

The fund will welcome donations large and small to create a long term endowment fund to support organizations in a variety of communities on the Shore. Each year, a community committee will review applications annually and distribute the interest generated by the fund.

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Glace Bay Community Fund

Promoting and advancing economic, cultural and social growth in the community of Glace Bay

Established: 2017

Glace Bay Community FundPurpose:

  1. To support charitable activities in Glace Bay and surrounding areas which contribute to the quality of life shared by all who live there
  2. To leverage and connect local assets, resources, heritage and social capital to diversify Glace Bay’s economic development, promote its value proposition, and attract people to live, work, play and invest in the community
  3. To strengthen the community’s voice and create opportunities to collaborate on big and small ideas that inspire positive, collective action

About our fund:

#BayItForward is Glace Bay’s community development organization. The focus of this organization is to build partnerships to promote and advance economic, cultural and social growth in the community of Glace Bay. #BayItForward was formed on the initiative of a group of community members, ex-pats, and business owners who share a common interest in shaping a positive future for Glace Bay.

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Lunenburg County Community Fund

Partners for growth

Established: 2010

Lunenburg County Community FundPurpose:

The Lunenburg County Community Fund was established to provide a way for all of us to contribute to the community we love and to help ensure that our needs are addressed both now and into the future.

How the fund works:

The Lunenburg County Community Fund is administered by local community members who know our area well. They:

  1. Help to grow the fund and gather community resources to support the fund’s activities;
  2. Actively engage with others to understand the community’s needs and opportunities; and
  3. Grant from the fund to local organizations that make Lunenburg County a great place to live.

Our concern is Lunenburg County as a whole.

That’s why we support activities which contribute to a better quality of life for all. We also aim to work with a wide range of community groups – not just one charity or sector – to give us a comprehensive view of local issues and the ability to make connections between various community issues and resources.

We use an unbiased approach to understanding the greatest needs in our community.

Often it’s the “squeaky wheel” that gets the grease. But how do we know that the “squeaky wheel” is the part that’s most in need?  To help ensure that we put our local dollars to work where it’s needed most, we completed Lunenburg County’s Vital Signs® reports in 2010 and 2013. The reports are a compilation of numerous research sources to give us, and the rest of the community, a snapshot of how we are doing on a number of quality of life indicators.

We take the long-term view for our community. We identify long-term needs and opportunities and invest in sustainable solutions, helping our community become resilient, resourceful, and ready for the future we want.

You can find out more about the Lunenburg County Community Fund by visiting their website.

You can also check out the NOW Lunenburg County initiative that was born out of this fund as a way to focus on the changes required to make Lunenburg County a great place to live, work and raise a family.

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North Shore Area Community Fund

Established: 2017

North Shore Area Community Fund logoPurpose:

The North Shore Area Community Fund offers a way for people both at home and away from our communities to ensure the essentials for growth and social support are addressed today and into the future.

How our fund works:

Local community members – who know our area well – administer the fund. They:

  • Encourage donors to help grow the fund so more resources can support the fund’s purposes and long-term purposes;
  • Engage organizations so as to increase the understanding of our community’s needs and opportunities; and
  • Provide grants from fund earnings to promote the aims of the fund, which change over time.

The areas we cover:

Our attention is directed to the northern portion of Colchester County centered on Tatamagouche. In addition, the fund recognizes the connections among people from Malagash, Wallace and Wentworth in Cumberland County, and the section of Pictou County extending to River John, for they tend to use services together.

We support activities and services which contribute to an improved quality of life in the area. We work with community groups to gain a comprehensive perspective of local issues, and the opportunity to connect the issues with the resources to address them.

Knowing where to start and to continue activities is critical to the success of the fund. To help identify where we put our earnings to work we recently took part in the Colchester Communities Vital Signs® project –  a report on how well the County and towns are doing on a number of quality of life indicators.

We look to the long-term for our communities. We aim to identify the outstanding issues and then apply our resources to opportunities for sustainable solutions, giving our area more resilience, greater resourcefulness, and an enhanced readiness for the future as it unfolds.

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West Hants Community Fund

Established: 2008

West Hants Community FundPurpose: 

The West Hants Community Fund was established to provide a way for all of us to contribute to the community we love and to help ensure that our needs are addressed both now and into the future.

How the fund works:

The fund is administered by local community members who know our area well. They:

  1. Help to grow the fund and gather community resources to support the fund’s activities;
  2. Actively engage with others to understand the community’s needs and opportunities; and
  3. Grant from the fund to local organizations that make West Hants a great place to live.

About our fund:

As one of the newest community funds in the province, our focus is on the area of West Hants. This fund has been established to offer current and former residents of the area, the opportunity to make donations, large and small, to a fund that will grow over time and continually support locally led giving and action to address local priorities.

Prior to the development of this fund, we conducted a Vital Signs® report that pulls together secondary information to help identify the realities, challenges, and opportunities in our area. Our intent is to use this report for strategic decision making and to inspire local action and collaboration among businesses, non-profits, charities, governments and individual citizens.

You can view the West Hants Vital Signs report here.

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Wolfville Community Fund

Established: 2008

Wolfville Community FundPurpose:

The Wolfville Community Fund was established to provide a way for all of us to contribute to the community we love and to help ensure that our needs are addressed both now and into the future.

How the fund works:

The fund is administered by local community members who know our area well. They:

  1. Help to grow the fund and gather community resources to support the fund’s activities;
  2. Actively engage with others to understand the community’s needs and opportunities; and
  3. Grant from the fund to local organizations that make Wolfville a great place to live.

About our fund:

Our concern is Wolfville as a whole.

That’s why our grants support everything from shelter, sustenance and care for those most in need, to recreation, the arts, and the environment. We also aim to work with a wide range of community groups – not just one charity or sector – to give us a comprehensive view of local issues and the ability to make connections between various community issues, and resources.

We use an unbiased approach to understanding the greatest needs in our community.

Often it’s the “squeaky wheel” that gets the grease. But, how do we know that the “squeaky wheel” is the part that’s most in need?  To help ensure that we put our local dollars to work where it’s needed most, we completed Wolfville’s Vital Signs®,  a compilation of numerous research sources to give us, and the rest of the community, a snapshot of how we are doing on a number of quality of life indicators.

We take the long-term view for our community.

We identify long-term needs and opportunities and invest in sustainable solutions, helping our community become resilient, resourceful, and ready for the future we want.

Next Steps for Wolfville’s Vital Signs®

Through the Vital Signs® process, Wolfville’s higher than average poverty rates have been identified as a key concern of our community, especially as it relates to our children and youth.

The Wolfville Farmers’ Market Nourishing Community Food Bucks Project

The Wolfville Community Fund recently partnered with the Wolfville Farmers’ Market to support the Nourishing Community Food Bucks Project, an annual program where approximately 20 families who are vulnerable to food insecurity are given Market Money to participate in the Market during the harvest season.  Participants not only gain access to fresh local food, they have the ability to make their own healthy dignified choices while also experiencing the connection that comes from knowing their farmer and being active participants in their community. At the same time, local farmers are supported as they grow food and keep local farmland in production.

To support this project, please specify “Wolfville Farmers’ Market” in the memo line on your cheque or in the message section when you donate online through CanadaHelps by clicking the link below.

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Yarmouth Area Community Fund

A gift that keeps on giving to Yarmouth Town and County

Established: 2008

Yarmouth Area Community FundPurpose:

The Yarmouth Area Community Fund provides a way for all of us to contribute to the community we cherish and to help ensure that our needs are addressed both now and into the future.

How the fund works:

The fund is administered by local community members who know our area well. These members:

  1. Help to grow the fund and gather financial and other community resources to support the fund’s activities;
  2. Actively engage with fellow community members to understand how our community is doing and where help is needed; and
  3. Grant from the fund to local organizations, and assist initiatives that make the Yarmouth area a good place to live.

About our fund:

The Yarmouth Area Community Fund was created to improve our quality of life by supporting the social needs and broad interests of our area, including education, culture, the arts, health, heritage, sport, recreation, the environment, people in need, and other touchstones of our vibrant community.

How our approach is different:

As one of over 180 community foundations across Canada, and one of the first in Nova Scotia, the Yarmouth Area Community Fund is leading the way in helping our community to help itself. As a permanent endowment fund, only the income is used to support local causes. Your gift to the fund contributes to the vitality of the Yarmouth area both today and tomorrow. What better gift can you give to your community of family, friends, and neighbours?
 

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