The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia plays a crucial role in helping people give back to their community in meaningful ways. We connect individuals, families and companies with causes that inspire them. We pool resources, knowledge and expertise, and work with others for even greater impact.

CFNS can help you realize your philanthropic goals by matching your interests with community needs and finding innovative ways to make every donation count for the long term. We are happy to work with you, your lawyer, accountant, life insurance agent, financial planner or other professional advisor to find the approach to giving that suits your objectives and personal situation.

Establishing a Fund

Many organizations and prospective philanthropists are interested in establishing a foundation only to find the set-up, ongoing governance and reporting duties complex and onerous. Rather than hiring a lawyer, drafting by-laws or trust deeds, you can easily set up a fund with us and we take care of the rest.

For more information about starting a fund, email:

Here are some documents to get you started:

  • Fund Types – We offer flow-through and endowment funds.
  • Fund vs Foundation – Learn the benefits of working with us versus starting your own foundation

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