Media Advisory - Community Foundations to release Vital Signs reports on October 7



    OTTAWA, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Community foundations in fifteen cities
and regions across Canada are releasing their annual Vital Signs report cards,
aimed at measuring the vitality of their communities, on Tuesday October 7,
2008.
    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.
Vital Signs gives each community foundation, its donors, and the
community-at-large valuable insight into the community's strengths, challenges
and opportunities.
    "The publication of the Vital Signs reports is the beginning, not the
end, of the discussion that we hope to have with Canadians," said Monica
Patten, President and CEO of Community Foundations of Canada. "With talk of a
federal election now in the air, the reports can serve as a catalyst to engage
Canadians in a conversation about the vitality of our communities and our
country."

    
    This year's participants are:

    - Victoria              - Guelph & Wellington(*)  (*) denotes a community
    - metro Vancouver       - Waterloo Region(xx)         releasing its first
    - Calgary               - London(*)                   Vital Signs report
    - Medicine Hat          - Greater Sudbury         (xx)published by The
    - Red Deer              - Montreal                    Kitchener and
    - Ottawa                - Fredericton(*)              Waterloo Community
    - Toronto               - Greater Saint John          Foundation and the
    - Oakville(*)                                         Cambridge & North
                                                          Dumfries Community
                                                          Foundation

    Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), the national membership association
for the country's 160+ community foundations, will also issue Canada's Vital
Signs, a national report that tracks trends, shares success stories, and
encourages deeper discussion and debate.

    A Canadian success story
    ------------------------

    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. Since coming to the national
scene in 2006, Vital Signs has become a platform for local action among a wide
range of community leaders including, governments, not-for-profits,
philanthropists, the private sector, and individuals.
    The Vital Signs success story is attracting international attention: a
Brazilian Vital Signs was launched this spring and an Australian version is
also under development.

    About Community Foundations
    ---------------------------

    Community foundations use their deep knowledge of community needs to
connect donors to the causes and organizations that matter most to them. With
more than $2.9-billion in assets, the community foundation movement is one of
Canada's largest grantmakers, providing more than $176-million in grants last
year to thousands of charities.

    See www.vitalsignscanada.ca for local Vital Signs media contacts.
    




For further information:

For further information: CFCMedia contact: Anne-Marie McElrone, Director
of Communications and Marketing, (902) 461-8284, amcelrone@cfc-fcc.ca


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