If you would like to make an online donation of up to $500 to the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia or one of our funds, you can do so through the CanadaHelps form below by selecting a fund through the drop-down menu.

For donations over $500, please email us at accounting@cfns-fcne.ca.

Visit Our Funds to find out which cause you would like to give to.

You can donate to many of our funds through the CanadaHelps form located on their page. For any inquiries, or donations over $500, please email us at accounting@cfns-fcne.ca.

Many organizations and prospective philanthropists want to establish a foundation, but find the complexity of the set-up, ongoing governance, and reporting duties too onerous. Rather than hiring a lawyer, drafting by-laws or trust deeds, all you need to do to set up a Fund with the Community Foundation and we do the rest.

For more information about starting a fund with CFNS, please email our Grants and Engagement Manager: emma.kaysarty@cfns-fcne.ca

Here are some documents to get you started:

  • Fund Types – There are two types of funds you can set up with CFNS, a flow-through and an endowment fund.
  • Fund vs Foundation – A simple document outlining the benefits of working with a foundation versus starting your own independent foundation

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia plays a crucial role in helping people give back to their community in meaningful ways. We connect individuals, families and companies with causes that inspire them. We pool resources, knowledge and expertise, working with others for even greater impact. And we help you realize your philanthropic goals by matching your interests with community needs and finding innovative ways to make every donation count for the long term. Like other foundations across the country, we are happy to work with you, your lawyer, accountant, life insurance agent, financial planner or other professional advisor to find the approach to giving that suits your objectives and personal situation.

Giving for…

You’re supporting your favourite causes in lots of ways. Volunteering, serving on boards, donating food and clothing, celebrating at events, and purchasing products that support a cause are just a few of the ways you are making a difference in the lives of others. At the centre of your philanthropy is charitable giving. By working with us and setting up your own fund or supporting an existing fund, you can organize and maximize your financial support of charitable organizations.

Have you found yourself thinking it’s time to get a little more focused on your giving? Do you want to involve your kids, or grandkids in your giving? Perhaps philanthropy is already an important part of your family’s traditions and values but you want to look for high-impact opportunities. Not only do you want to deepen those intergenerational connections, but you also are committed to leaving a legacy to your children, grandchildren, and community. You can do all of this through planning and tools to continue support of the causes you love. That’s exactly what we will help you do.

As a local business leader, you know the importance of creating opportunities and working with your employees to create impact. That is why many companies choose to partner with us to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their charitable giving; we are up to date on current best practices to help your business direct donations and achieve impact.