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

    OTTAWA, Oct. 2 /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,
    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.

    This year's participants are:

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

    Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), the national membership
association for the country's 160+ community foundations, will also release
the key findings of Canada's Vital Signs, a national report that tracks
trends, shares success stories, and encourages deeper discussion and debate.
The full Canada's Vital Signs report will be published in The Globe and Mail
on October 16th.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: CFC Media contact: Anne-Marie McElrone,
Director of Communications and Marketing, (902) 461-8284,; See for local Vital Signs media

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