Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) has earned a reputation throughout greater Edmonton as a trusted, reliable source for identifying and funding community initiatives that will strengthen our community over the long term. By understanding the philanthropic wishes of donors and working with successful, committed agencies, the Foundation provides funding for worthy programs and services that improve the quality of life in our community.
The Foundation employs a rigorous, competitive process to determine the most crucial community needs. The process is unique, innovative and responsive, making use of experienced staff and the expertise and judgment of the Foundation’s volunteer Board and committee members. It ensures a high level of rigour is applied to all applications and offers accountability to donors.
With about 2,000 registered charities operating in our community, the Foundation is not able to support every request it receives. Successful applications reflect the Foundation’s careful consideration of community needs. Given the large volume of requests the Foundation receives each year and the finite amount of granting dollars available for annual disbursement, the Foundation is not able to accommodate all applications.
Foundation Directed Initiatives (FDIs) offer another means of supporting partners who demonstrate high levels of commitment, capacity and effectiveness. Since FDIs are an internal initiative of the Foundation, agencies cannot apply for this stream of funding.