Donate to the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia or one of our funds

To make an online donation of up to $500 to CFNS or one of our funds, use the CanadaHelps form below, selecting a fund through the drop-down menu. Please visit Our Funds for a listing of our funds by theme.

For donations over $500, please email us at

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, and work with others for even greater impact.

CFNS can 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. 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.

Establishing a Fund

Many organizations and prospective philanthropists are interested in establishing a foundation only to find the set-up, ongoing governance and reporting duties complex and onerous. Rather than hiring a lawyer, drafting by-laws or trust deeds, you can easily set up a fund with us and we take care of the rest.

For more information about starting a fund, email:

Here are some documents to get you started:

  • Fund Types – We offer flow-through and endowment funds.
  • Fund vs Foundation – Learn the benefits of working with us versus starting your own foundation

Giving for…

You support your favourite causes in lots of ways. From volunteering and serving on boards to donating food, celebrating at events and purchasing products in support of a cause, you are making a difference in the lives of others. But at the heart 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? Perhaps charitable giving is already an important part of your family values, but you’re looking for a more high-impact opportunity. Not only do you want to deepen those intergenerational connections, but you’re also committed to leaving a legacy to your children, grandchildren and community. You can do all of this through planning and continue support of the causes you love. That’s 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’s why many companies choose to partner with us to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their charitable giving; we know current best practices to help your business direct donations and achieve impact.