Saskatoon Community Foundation is passionate about making Saskatoon a community where all people feel they belong.
We work with donors to build endowments to support the causes that matter most to them, and make strategic grants to charities to improve the quality of life in our community.
Beyond funding, Saskatoon Community Foundation is committed to change and innovation. We seek out partnerships in community development, and promote philanthropy and engagement within the Saskatoon community.
We support the development of new leaders in the charitable sector. We promote partnerships between charity and business that benefit both. We offer innovative programming to assist the people of Saskatoon in supporting their community. When Saskatoon’s people come together to address issues facing our community, the Saskatoon Community Foundation is here to help facilitate bold solutions.
Leadership Saskatoon is an educational program designed to promote leadership at the community level by exploring the realities, opportunities and challenges of our community.
It was established through the joint sponsorship of Saskatoon Community Foundation, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and the University of Saskatchewan. The McConnell Foundation provided start-up program funding and asked Saskatoon Community Foundation to act as a catalyst in the community. Saskatoon was one of only nine communities in Canada chosen to receive start-up funding.
Students enter into a dynamic, 10 month curriculum structured around issue days and community projects, and involving mentorship, readings, self-assessments, site visits, interviews with current leaders, seminars with guest speakers and experts, group discussions and projects.
In 2003, Saskatoon Community Foundation established the Leadership Saskatoon Award, which provides full tuition to an employee or volunteer with a registered charity to participate in this personal leadership development program. For more information visit the Leadership Saskatoon website.
Youth Advisory Council
By volunteering with Youth Advisory Councils at local community foundations, young people are coming together to learn about philanthropy, understand the social issues in their own communities, and take a leadership role in grantmaking for local youth projects.
Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Community Foundations of Canada to measure the vitality of communities across Canada. It gathers and publishes data on significant social and economic trends in areas critical to quality of life.