The Community Foundation of Ottawa manages a wide variety of funds on behalf of an ever-growing number of donors. Community Foundation funds offer donors the maximum tax benefits for each charitable gift while simplifying the tax reporting process. While its focus is on endowments, assuring donors that a gift to the Foundation will support the causes they care about long into the future, the Foundation can also meet the needs of donors interested in non-endowed giving through its flow-through funds.

DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS allow donors to advise the Community Foundation each year as to which charitable organizations are to receive grants from their funds, and in what amounts.

DESIGNATED FUNDS allow donors to choose specific charitable organizations that will be perpetual beneficiaries of the annual income generated by their gifts.

FIELD-OF-INTEREST FUNDS allow donors to direct grants to a particular area of interest, such as social services, the arts or the environment.

COMMUNITY FUNDS constitute the core of the Community Foundation’s ability to strengthen our community by meeting emerging opportunities and addressing issues of importance as they change over time.

EDUCATIONAL AWARDS provide support to students pursuing academic goals through awards, scholarships and bursaries.

MEMORIAL FUNDS can be established through the Community Foundation in order to create a lasting tribute to a special member of the community or loved one.

ORGANIZATIONAL ENDOWMENTS can be established by organizations with registered charitable status in order to benefit from the Community Foundation’s professional endowment management expertise.

FLOW-THROUGH FUNDS are for donors who do not want to endow their donations or for those who wish to combine current gifts with endowment earnings in order to increase the amount of their grant(s).

The minimum amount needed to establish any type of fund, with the exception of Educational Awards, is $5,000 (over a period of five years). The minimum required to establish an Educational Award is $10,000.

For further information about how to establish a fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, please click here or contact Bibi Patel at 613-236-1616 ext. 226.