Start a Fund

Everyone has a different path they want to carve out; a different philanthropic journey they want to take. We make it easy for you to give strategically, to the causes you care about most. You can donate cash, your estate, appreciated securities, life insurance or other assets – and LCF will work closely with you, every step of the way, to connect you with local charities and achieve your philanthropic goals. Scroll down to learn more, or contact Diane Silva and our team will help you get started.

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Types of Funds 

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Donor-Advised Fund 

A Donor-Advised Fund is just like having a private foundation, without the red tape.

When you create a Donor-Advised Fund, your gifts are invested in perpetuity. You can start with a gift of any size. Once the fund capital reaches $50,000, earnings on the invested assets are available for yearly granting – and our in-depth community knowledge is always available to help you make high-impact, strategic grants to the causes and charities you care about most.

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Dr. Jack Jung & Dr. Eleanor Huang, Jung Family Fund

Dr. Jack Jung & Dr. Eleanor Huang, Jung Family Fund


Murray Faulkner, Faulkner Family Fund

Murray Faulkner, Faulkner Family Fund

Donor-Designated Fund 

The way a Donor-Designated Fund works is simple: you select your favourite charities and we ensure they’re supported, forever.

Your gifts are invested in perpetuity, and you can start with a gift of any size. Once the fund capital reaches $25,000, earnings on the invested assets are granted each year to your selected charities. By preserving and growing the capital, your fund will continue to produce income forever.

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Smart & Caring Community Fund

The Community Fund improves the overall well-being of our community by granting to the issue areas that need it most. This is a permanent source of community capital, ready to address the most pressing issues – now and forever.

When you support the Community Fund, your gift is endowed in perpetuity as an unrestricted donation. The capital and earnings from all unrestricted donations make up the Community Fund.

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Shelly & Bob Siskind, Rochelle and Robert Siskind Family Fund

Shelly & Bob Siskind, Rochelle and Robert Siskind Family Fund


Artists in Education program

Artists in Education program

Field of Interest Fund

What cause is closest to your heart – health and wellness, community services, education, arts and culture, heritage, the environment, or something completely different?

A Field of Interest Fund helps you target gifts to address an issue area that you feel is important to community life, with granting that lasts forever. Your gifts are invested in perpetuity, and you can start with a gift of any size. Once the fund capital reaches $100,000, earnings on the invested assets are available for granting each year, with granting decisions made by LCF’s Grants Committee. 

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Registered Charity Fund

A Registered Charity Fund at London Community Foundation is a safe and simple way for your charity to establish an endowment of its own. The principal is invested and earns income over time; the income then provides your charity with a reliable source of funding. By working with LCF, you have the benefits of a diverse investment portfolio and the low investment fees typically associated with very large funds.

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ReForest London

ReForest London


Italian Seniors’ Project

Italian Seniors’ Project

Social Impact Fund

When you reframe giving as investing, our community’s capacity grows in unexpected and exponential ways. Imagine the impact when you invest with a passion. Real change. Real results. A stronger, more vibrant community.

LCF’s Social Impact Fund uses a portion of the Foundation’s assets as investment capital, investing in social enterprises that are not only capable of providing a return, but that generate positive change in the community. In addition to offering traditional loans, the Social Impact Fund has the flexibility to provide support through various other financial instruments, including lines of credit, letters of guarantee, mortgages, or even an equity investment if the project is a good fit.