Creating Your Fund

Community Foundations work with donors – from individuals and families to charitable organizations, community groups and businesses – to make a meaningful and lasting impact in their community through charitable giving.

Giving through your Community Foundation is simple and flexible. Whether it’s a one-time gift, monthly donations or the establishment of an endowment fund, the story of each donor is unique.

What are funds?

Community Foundations make an impact by harnessing the power of collective giving. We hold donations in perpetuity which generate interest. The interest earned is used to support the community through grants.

Endowment Funds

Your Community Foundation allows anyone – individuals, families, groups or organizations – to make a meaningful and lasting impact on our community through giving. People equate endowment funds with significant gifts. Working with your Community Foundation allows anyone to give back to community in a way that works for them. Endowment Funds can be established with a one-time gift, by contributing over time or by designating a future gift.


  • Give today or give later
  • Donate to a Smart & Caring Fund to make an immediate impact in an area of our community
  • Establish monthly gifts of any amount and start building your endowment fund or give to an area you are passionate about
  • Make a significant donation to establish an endowment fund that will begin granting that year
  • Give later, through a planned future gift or contribution through your estate

Please see Providing a Gift in Your Will on our Ways to Give Page

Creating Your Fund

Creating your fund is as simple as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Decide how you want to give back
    Contribute to an existing fund, establish monthly gifts to a cause that matters to you, establish an endowment fund to create a lasting legacy or create your plan for a future gift.
  2. Connect with your Community Foundation
    Our expert team is here to meet all your charitable giving needs. Whether you just want more information to take home and think about or you need a professional advisor in strategic charitable giving, your Community Foundation is a great resource!
  3. Make a difference today and an impact forever

Each donation is invested and held in perpetuity, which means your contribution makes a difference to charitable agencies in our region today and forever.

Harold and Natasha Collins

Triumph and tragedy over the last five years have taken Harold DeCoste and Natasha Collins on quite the journey since they first met in Grande Prairie in 2013.

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Developing a Giving Plan

What are your philanthropic goals? Why do you give back? What are you hoping to accomplish through your giving today? In the future?

These are just a few questions to consider while creating your giving plan. A giving plan can be simple, a simple outline of your charitable goals; or it can be a detailed plan including your current contributions, planned future gifts, and gifts from your estate.

Connect with your Community Foundation to develop a giving plan that meets your goals and aligns with your charitable vision, your own tailormade version of supporting your community.

Diane & Fletcher Bootle

The Bootle Family has always contributed to their community, in a way that worked for them. A few years ago they decided to establish the Diane and Fletcher Bootle Family Fund to ensure their contributions would leave a lasting legacy.

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Family Giving

Your Community Foundation is here to help families practice charitable giving in a meaningful way, contribute to the causes that are important to your family and develop your giving legacy.  We are honored to help your family develop a giving plan that reflects the unique style of your family and support causes and areas of our region that are near and dear to your hearts.

McDonald Family Outdoors

For Sandy and Luana McDonald, giving back to their community is an important part of their family legacy.

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Connect with us

Our team works with each donor to provide timely and personalized information about charitable giving. Connect with Devon Potter, our Asset Development Coordinator, to discuss your charitable giving.