Our Foundation

Here at the Community Foundation we believe in facilitating Saskatchewan values, supporting local charities and developing our community so that our home is a more vital, strong, and fair place to live, work and play.

Founded in 1969, South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF) invests for the long-term with legacy (endowment) Funds that focus on long-term impact in our community. In addition to distributing grants to worthy causes throughout the year, we pool many visionary Saskatchewan citizens and organizations’ donations – investing them together for a higher return. This allows donors to see their donations grant out to charities not just once, but year after year.  It provides sustainable funding to the charitable sector for generations to come.

Charitable Status Number 890271448 RR0001

In Grants Provided in 2022
$ 0 M
Registered Charities
0
Communities Served
0
Years of Service
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Our Core Values

Southern Saskatchewan is a collection of diverse and thriving communities with a culture of inclusion and generosity. We care about and support each other here, that’s the Saskatchewan way. As such, the SSCF facilitates, guides, reflects and promotes charitable collaboration to enrich the quality of community life everywhere we go. Regardless if you are an agency, charity, or donor you can rest easy knowing every decision we make together is guided by our core values: 

We behave ethically and act with integrity and respect in all that we do.

We are accountable to our donors, communities, and stakeholders through sound financial and operational practices.

Our resilience and flexibility allow us to respond to the needs of our community.

We build and sustain positive relationships to leverage the best possible outcomes for community.

We are kind, compassionate, and believe in the power of charitable collaboration.

Trustworthiness
Accountability
Responsiveness
Collaboration
Benevolence

Want To See Our Core Values in Action?

The Impact Stories gathered are real voices direct from your community.

Real people, impactful results. Want to stay up to date on what is happening within your community?

Learn more about us and our commitment to community.

Here at the Foundation we are dedicated to serving the community; see how we can preserve your Legacy and help you to grow your impact within your community for years to come.

Vital Signs: a testament to putting Saskatchewan first.

Every three years we release a report that highlights the emerging issues within our communities; we use these findings to help fund the areas that need it most.

Our History

What We Do

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.

Legacy Giving

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. 

Vital Signs Community Network

See How We Can Help You Make an Impact!

Get involved, make a difference.

See what is happening within your community, and let us help you plan to participate in upcoming events.

Resources for everyone.

Regardless if you are a curious donor seeking information, a charity needing some guidance, or a professional advisor seeking out additional material, we've made it easy to find what you're looking for.

How We Plan to Make Our Vision a Reality

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation’s (SSCF) strategic plan includes service-driven priorities to leverage our mission to advance community well-being. We do this by supporting and assisting charities, individuals, and companies so they can achieve their charitable goals and dreams.

Our service-driven priorities include monitoring investments, adhering to a regularly reviewed investment policy and using third-party expertise. Together, these priorities ensure pooled investments meet reasonable and acceptable targets consistent with best practices, performance and the Foundation’s fiduciary responsibility.

Our hope and dream for

Southern Saskatchewan

Southern Saskatchewan is a collection of diverse and thriving communities with a culture of inclusion and generosity.

We care about and support each other here.

Vision

The SSCF will improve community engagement and impact across Southern Saskatchewan.

Mission

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation facilitates and guides philanthropy to enrich the quality of community life. 

Purpose

Catalyst centred on strengthening community
wellness, now and in the future.

Strategic Imperative

Values

Trustworthiness

We behave ethically and act with integrity and respect in all that we do.

Accountability

We are accountable to our donors, communities, and stakeholders through sound financial and operational practices.

Responsiveness

Our resilience and flexibility allow us to respond to the needs of our community.

Collaboration

We build and sustain positive relationships to leverage the best possible outcomes for community.

Benevolence

We are kind, compassionate, and believe in the power of philanthropy.

Our Strategy

Organizational

1.1 Continue to attract and retain outstanding staff.

1.2 Build a culture of trust between staff and board; ensure ongoing good governance processes are practiced. 

1.3 Build a culture of outstanding client service.

1.4 Invest in IT infrastructure to support business processes.

Operational

2.1 Expand presence beyond Regina.

2.2 Build brand awareness. 

2.3 Utilize our roles (grantor, convenor, educator, catalyst, investor, service provider) to have meaningful impact on results from Vital Signs research.

2.4 Improve donor relations and stewardship.

2.5 Ensure accountable and prudent fund management.

Financial

3.1 Create a three-year budget cycle.

3.2 Expand donor base. 

3.3 Increase discretionary funds to have a meaningful impact on the community.

3.4 Increase endowed funds to have a meaningful impact on the community.

3.5 Introduce efficiencies of scale to better utilize resources.

Impact

4.1 Donors

“The Foundation makes it easy to fulfill my charitable giving and I know I am having a positive impact on my community.”

4.2 Charities

“The Foundation is part of our team in doing good for our community.”

4.3 Charity Beneficiaries

“Through the Foundation, the charity’s work has had a positive impact on my wellbeing.”

4.4 The Community

“Our community is better because the Foundation exists.”

Our work equates to a more effective gift today for tomorrow.

Take a Look at Our Progress

Transparent reporting, simple.

Every year we gather information, analyze our findings and reflect on how the Foundation has operated and compare this to where we want to be. We then make adjustments to ensure we are on track with our strategic goals.

Impacting the Community.

We reach out into the community a variety of ways including granting, participating and hosting events, and helping donations reach the public where it's needed most. View how we've recently helped Southern Saskatchewan.

Which Communities Do We Serve?

When we started out in 1969 as the Regina Community Foundation, we primarily served Regina and the surrounding area. Over 5 decades later, we are proud to expand our services all across Southern Saskatchewan. Since 1990, we’ve expanded our reach to communities as far north as Davidson; 33 years later we have impacted a total of 482 communities and supported 219 charities. 

Want to know more about some of the charities within Southern Saskatchewan? 

Who Makes Up Our Foundation

Our Board of Directors

This is a group of determined individuals with a variety of skills and experiences. As such, meet the team who makes decisions on how the SSCF conducts business.

Our Staff

The team here at the Foundation work hard to help make your contributions have the most impact within our community. Meet the crew planting the seeds for future generations.

Our Partners

We wouldn't be able to make as much of an impact if it weren't for the organizations who have partnered with us. Take a look at who helps us make your dreams a reality.