The Yellowknife Community Foundation was formed in 1993 to provide interested individuals and organizations with a means of supporting projects in our community for the enduring future. It embodies a simple concept – that people working together can make a difference.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Yellowknife, and the surrounding area by: identifying and addressing current and anticipated community needs; and, raising, managing, and distributing money from donated funds to meet those needs.
Our goal is to make sure donations have a lasting impact. Using our Investment Policy we steward funds under our administration, hoping they will grow and continue to have an impact long after the original gift is made.
The Foundation is not dedicated to any specific area of support. In carrying out our mission to identify and address community needs, grants are made to local registered charities in support of projects which: advance the welfare of the needy and alleviate human suffering and poverty: assist and promote arts and cultural activities, sport, recreation and community development; advance education; assist and advance the provision of medical services; and assist and advance other community activities or facilities of a charitable nature.
The Foundation is administered by a Board of Directors of respected community leaders who are appointed by a committee of community representatives. This leads to nominations from a cross-section of community interests so the appointed Board members will always have the needs of the community at heart. The Board of Directors publishes an annual report to provide the community at large with an update on its activities. The Foundation is a member of Community Foundations of Canada.
There are many ways of giving to the Yellowknife Community Foundation. You can give through: an outright gift of money, a pledge of financial support over a period of years, a dedicated life insurance policy, a bequest in your Will, the transfer of an existing fund, or the offering of real estate or other property for conversion into the investment fund.
Donations to the Foundation are eligible deductions for Income Tax purposes. You can contribute to the Yellowknife Community Fund, which the Board uses to target areas of significant need in the community, or you can arrange to set up your donation as a separate fund in your name or in the name of someone you wish to be remembered. You may also designate the grants from your gift to a particular field of interest within the Foundation’s mission.
Your gift will enable the Yellowknife Community Foundation to grant monies in support of many worthwhile local causes. We invite you to share in this effort to make a lasting donation to the well-being of our community. For more information, please phone or write to us. We can advise you on how to make your gift work best for you and for the community.