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What is a Community Foundation?

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation is a long-term, endowment fund for our community. We believe in building our future as a community through the power of giving. What makes us unique is that we hold and invest the funds that we receive from donors allowing for grants to be made not just once, but year after year. This creates a sustainable charitable fund to help make our community stronger, more vital and a fair place to live work and play.

We act as a bridge between donors and charities in southern Saskatchewan to help create and maintain a strong community for generations to come. We are a catalyst and resource for philanthropy and a vehicle for generous individuals, families and businesses who want to give something back to their community both during and after their lifetime. Together, we help build strong and resilient places to live, work and play.

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF) is a proud member of Community Foundations of Canada, our national membership organization that includes a network of over 191 community foundations across Canada.

Community foundations are dedicated to enriching the quality of community life in specific geographical areas. Community foundations are not charities supporting their own programs, nor do they compete with other charities/agencies for funds. Rather they pool the charitable gifts of many donors to cultivate and grow permanently endowed funds to provide lasting support for local community needs and priorities. Income generated by permanent endowment funds is distributed to support a broad range of community agencies/charities and causes, while the original investment is left to grow over time.

A Community Foundation is:

  1. a centre for community philanthropy
  2. locally run public foundation benefitting communities
  3. builds and prudently manages permanent endowment funds
  4. identifies and responds to changing community needs
  5. grants to any or all areas of community service

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How it all got started...

It was Jack Ambler’s idea to create a Community Foundation in Regina. Jack had arrived in Regina from Charlottetown, P.E.I. in 1962 to assume the position of the Executive Director of the Regina United Appeal.

The Regina Community Chest had over $60,000; monies that had been collected over the past twenty years. Jack suggested that the money from the Community Chest form the basic capital for the Community Foundation of Regina. According to Jack, the purpose of the Foundation was to assist non-profit agencies to acquire equipment and develop new programs that would enhance the lives and well-being of all who lived in the community.

The Regina Community Foundation was incorporated under the provisions of The Societies Act of the Province of Saskatchewan on the 15th of July, 1969 with Jack Ambler serving as voluntary manager- secretary for over twenty years.

James E. Beamish, Harry Duckett, William F. English, R. Murray Grant, Douglas A. Lee, C. Greg Ryan and Clair H. Smith served as the first directors.

The Regina Community Foundation was changed to The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation in 1989.

Today, the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation is a member of Community Foundations of Canada and grants over $1.5 Million each year to charities in our community and beyond!





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