The Thunder Bay Community Foundation, established in 1971, actively promotes community philanthropy for the long-term benefit of Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. Our goal is to create a more vibrant, healthy and engaged community by building positive, lasting relationships between donors and the worthy causes they support. We’re passionate about our community. We know you are too. With a variety of flexible ways to give we make it easy to realize your philanthropic ambitions and support our community’s well-being, now and for the future.

What We Do

At the Thunder Bay Community Foundation we specialize in building endowment funds to support the ever-changing needs of Thunder Bay. Gifts to the Foundation are pooled and invested, and the income earned is distributed as grants that support community projects. In 50 years we have distributed over $5 million in grants, scholarships and bursaries. Today we hold in trust approximately $15 million in assets. From this foundation we distribute grants, scholarships and bursaries to worthy causes and individuals in the District of Thunder Bay.

Our Purpose

To provide opportunities for the citizens of Thunder Bay to invest in the enrichment of our community. Founded on trust, the Thunder Bay Community Foundation helps donors invest in our community by building permanent endowments that focus on the future.

Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of CanadaThe Thunder Bay Community Foundation is a proud member of the Community Foundations of Canada. Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Together, the Community Foundations of Canada and their partnering local Community Foundations have helped Canadians invest in making our communities better places to live, work and play. Collectively we hold combined assets of more than $4.8 billion and we’ve put hundreds of millions back into communities over our 94-year history.

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What is a community foundation?

Community foundations contribute time, leadership and financial support to local initiatives, helping people give back where their communities need it most.

With an intimate knowledge of local priorities, community foundations champion what matters most by directing grants, expertise, leadership, and other investments towards everything from shelter, education, and care for those in need, to the arts, environment and recreation. – Community Foundations of Canada

How do community foundations work?

Community foundations play a crucial role in how people give back where communities need it most. We connect people, families and companies with causes that inspire them. We pool resources, knowledge and expertise, working with others for even greater impact. And we help donors realize their philanthropic goals by matching their interests with community needs and finding innovative ways to make every donation count. – Community Foundations of Canada