Media advisory - Community foundations set to release local and national vital signs reports



    OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Community foundations in eleven cities
and regions across Canada are releasing their annual Vital Signs report cards,
aimed at measuring the vitality of their communities, on Tuesday October 2nd,
2007.
    The reader-friendly report cards track quality of life in key areas such
as the gap between rich and poor, health, housing, and the environment -
transforming local facts and figures into research you can read on the bus.
    Community Foundations of Canada, the national membership association for
the country's 159 community foundations, will also issue a national Vital
Signs report tracking nation-wide trends, sharing success stories, and
encouraging deeper discussion and debate.
    Community foundations in eleven cities and regions are releasing local
Vital Signs reports, giving each foundation, its donors, and the
community-at-large valuable insight into the community's strengths, challenges
and opportunities:

    
    - Victoria              - Toronto            - Saint John(*)
    - Vancouver             - Sudbury(*)         ((*)denotes a community
    - Calgary(*)            - Waterloo           releasing its first
    - Medicine Hat(*)         Region(*)          Vital Signs report)
    - Red Deer(*)             (Ontario)
    - Ottawa                - Montreal
    

    The national Vital Signs project is based on Toronto's Vital Signs(R) an
extremely successful indicator report developed by Toronto Community
Foundation that was first published in 2001.

    About community foundations
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    Community foundations build and manage permanent endowments to support
local priorities. They use their deep knowledge of community needs to connect
donors to the causes and organizations that matter most to them. With more
than $2.7-billion in assets, the community foundation movement is one of
Canada's largest grantmakers, providing more than $137-million in grants last
year to thousands of charities.




For further information:

For further information: CFC Media contact: Anne-Marie McElrone,
Director of Communications and Marketing, (902) 461-8284,
a_marie@ns.sympatico.ca; See www.vitalsignscanada.ca for local Vital Signs
media contacts.


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