Milestone comes on eve of international conference & 90th anniversary
VANCOUVER, May 9 /CNW/ - Charities are slowly seeing the light at the
end of the tunnel, with Canada's community foundation movement
announcing today that its collective assets have finally reached $3
billion - a milestone it was poised to reach just as the downturn hit
"There is no doubt the downturn has had a long-term impact on Canadian
charities and the communities that we serve," said Monica Patten,
President and CEO of Community Foundations of Canada. "It has taken
time, patience and perseverance, but community foundations are
definitely seeing a rebound in giving and granting and that's great
news for communities across Canada."
Canada's community foundations received $259 million in new gifts in
2010 - up from $194 million the year previous - to bring their combined
assets to $3 billion. The movement is one of the biggest supporters of
local charities in Canada, contributing more than $149 million in 2010
The announcement comes on the eve of CFC 2011 Conference - A World of Opportunity, an international gathering of more than 600 foundation leaders set for
May 12 to 14 in Vancouver.
CFC 2011 Conference will also celebrate the birth of Canada's community foundation
movement, which began in Winnipeg in 1921 and now includes 178 local
foundations in urban and rural communities across the country.
The conference will be opened by His Excellency the Right Honourable
David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, who recently became the
first patron of Community Foundations of Canada. Former U.S. President
Bill Clinton, human rights activist Naomi Tutu, and next-gen pioneer
Michael Furdyk are also among the impressive presenters during the
event, taking place at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
Even as it recovers financially, the philanthropic sector faces a range
of new and pressing priorities, including online giving,
mission-related investing, and next-generation recruitment. This
changing landscape will be addressed in many of the more than 30
concurrent sessions, and through community learning forums, where
participants will visit programs and projects that have benefited from
host Vancouver Foundation grants.
Conference participants are coming from across Canada, the United
States, Europe, Africa, China, Russia, and South America. A Youth Forum
and a series of intensive professional development workshops will get
the ball rolling in advance, on May 11.
Full details are available at www.cfc-conference.ca.
Media who wish to cover any part of the three-day conference must apply
for accreditation online. Due to security requirements, photo identification will be required
when picking up accreditation packages at the registration desk (Level
3, North Tower) in the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
About Community Foundations
Community Foundations of Canada is the national membership organization
for Canada's community foundations. Canada's 178 community foundations help Canadians invest in building
strong and resilient places to live, work, and play. To find out more
SOURCE Community Foundations of Canada
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