Durham Community Foundation

Registered Name: Durham Community Foundation

Business Number: 898797931RR0001

Our Vision

Creating a legacy for the future

Our Mission

The mission of Durham Community Foundation is to provide the citizens of Durham Region the opportunity to make financial gifts that are invested, the returns of which support the unique needs of our community and their individual interests while creating a lasting legacy that keeps on giving to charities in Durham Region.

We Are the Heart of Durham Region

Established in 1994, as a bridge between contributors, charities and community, DCF is more than a grant maker. DCF is the charity’s charity – their voice in Durham. DCF has invested $1.8 million in 100+ charities, contributing to Durham's significant growth. DCF is part of a network of 191 community foundations in Canada with assets of $5.8 billion, allowing it to scale and leverage innovation.

Strategic Foci


DCF develops powerful relationships with donors, including individuals, families, businesses, organizations, education, and government. We enable them to activate philanthropy to solve Durham’s greatest challenges and build community.


DCF connects philanthropic, charitable, and community leaders to collaborate and catalyze innovation, partnership, and solutions. DCF facilitates learning and networking for charities’ performance and impact.


DCF builds philanthropy platforms, facilitating donors to invest, strengthen the community, and bring it closer to together, including shelter, mental and physical health, recreation, arts, culture, and environment. DCF has enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands in Durham.


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