Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is a vital network of 191 community foundations across Canada, holding over $6.2 billion in assets and reaching 90 percent of Canadian communities. It is part of a global network of more than 1,800 place-based foundations in over 50 countries around the world.
As a trusted partner to the Equality Fund, CFC helps us to engage deeply with the vibrant and diverse community of Canadian philanthropists and local activists.
More fundamentally, along with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, CFC has worked closely with the Equality Fund to advocate for a larger shift in philanthropy toward funding practices that advance feminist values and build collective power. Together, we have released Principles for Feminist Funding, a document that outlines our vision of feminist donors working to undo patriarchal and colonial structures and build new relationships and movements. It also sets out the type of funding that we aim to provide to our grantee partners: core, flexible, and predictable support that respects their time and well-being.
CFC and the Equality Fund also work together to enrich and expand the public conversation about gender equality more broadly. In October 2020, for example, CFC launched its latest Vital Signs reports, offering a three-part examination on gender equality in Canada. These reports explored the themes of peace, power, and planet from a gender perspective, providing statistics and analysis. The Equality Fund was proud to be a collaborating partner in these publications.
Knowing that critical progress on gender equality often happens at the community level, CFC and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada, also collaborate on a targeted grantmaking program known as the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality. In collaboration with 26 community foundations across Canada, the fund has already supported 112 locally-led projects in 40 communities, ranging from workshops for survivors of sexual violence to community storytelling projects to honor and call attention to the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women.