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Building communities for all to prosper together and forever.

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation serves as a bridge between donors and charities in Southern Saskatchewan. We believe in facilitating Saskatchewan philanthropy, supporting local charities and developing our community so that our home is a more vital, strong, and fair place to live, work and play.

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We are your philanthropic partner, here to ensure every dollar you give provides important impact. Our grant-making expertise and community knowledge can align your values and interests with community needs.


Funds, Grants & Scholarships

SSCF invests for the long-term with Endowment Funds that focus on impact in our communities. In addition to distributing grants to worthy causes throughout the year, we pool Funds for many visionary donors and organizations – we invest the assets for a higher return. This investment allows donors to make their charitable grants not just once but year after year.

Including a charitable bequest in your will or making a gift of life insurance are simple ways to make a lasting gift and leave a legacy for your community. Making gifts of these types through the Foundation benefits the community well into the future, while providing maximum tax benefits and peace of mind to donors and their loved ones.

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Vital Signs Reporting

Vital Signs© is a community check-up that measures the region’s health and vitality, identifies significant trends, and provides in-depth, up-to-date information about the people in these communities and the environments in which they live, work, and go to school. Local data gathered through the program is used to support evidence-based, locally-relevant solutions to improve the quality of life at the community level. 

The Vital Signs Community Network (VSCN) brings together like-minded organizations and community leaders to stay informed and to encourage collaboration and partnerships so that together we can best address the needs of today and prepare for the needs of tomorrow. VSCN members act as a sounding board for the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of its community engagement and knowledge sharing, in particular its Vital Signs© research to enhance the Foundation’s ability to provide community leadership.

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Community foundations enrich the quality of community life. Together we’ve given back more than $50 million to communities over the last 51 years.

Arts & Culture

We're proud to bring charities and Saskatchewan donors together. Recently, a $25 million endowed gift was bestowed to support the operations of the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Social Services

The G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Fund works to fulfill the Forbes’ dream by donating to such charities that work to end poverty, homelessness, and support youth.

Education & Scholarships

Thanks to donors who value the importance of education many scholarships are supported through funds at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation.


Funds like the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund are intended to address gaps in areas like food and shelter shortages, as well as meeting the needs of children and the most vulnerable.


The Forbes Foundation Fund ensures continuous support for the organizations that were near and dear to the Forbes’ hearts including significant renovations to St. Paul’s Cathedral.


The Joyce Gemmell Jessen Habitat Conservation Fund donated its inaugural grant to Ducks Unlimited to ensure 100 acres of critically important waterfowl breeding habitat will be protected in perpetuity.