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I’m A Donor

All donations, no matter how large or small, make a difference

To build a better Windsor-Essex community, the Foundation works with donors to build legacy funds. Donors can make gifts to existing funds or establish their own fund within the Community Foundation. 
What makes the WECF unique from other charities is that we don’t spend your donation. Instead, your gift is held in perpetuity and only the interest earned from its investment is used to grant back to the community. This means that your donation becomes your legacy. Your one-time gift will forever remain part of the WECF, guaranteeing future gift-giving today and tomorrow.
Your gift can be directed toward an existing fund, used to establish a new fund, directed immediately to a community charity through a Flow-through, or directed to one of our many programs. The foundation is happy to assist you in your gift-giving options. To understand the tax advantages for each gift type, both present and future gifts, we suggest you consult your financial advisor or contact the WECF office 519-255-6572

There are many ways you can donate to the Community Foundation

Making a gift to the WindsorEssex Community Foundation is a gift that keeps on giving! We provide several methods of making a donation to support the causes you care about most. We provide personalized service, making your giving flexible and easy. Charitable Tax Receipts are provided for donations $20 or over. General, in memoriam, and in honour donations can be made with either a one time payment, or by providing ongoing support through a monthly gift.
Click HERE for a complete list of gifts.
A note about year-end giving; donations received up until December 31st will be eligible for a tax receipt. If you are mailing your donation, please ensure that it is date stamped by Canada Post.

How to Donate

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash can be forwarded to or dropped off at the WECF office located at 3200 Deziel Drive, Suite 511 Windsor, ON N8W 5K8. If you plan to drop off a donation, please call in advance 519-255-6572.

Donate by Cheque:

Donations by cheque can be forwarded to or dropped off at the WECF office located at 3200 Deziel Drive, Suite 511 Windsor, ON N8W 5K8. If you plan to drop off a donation, please call in advance 519-255-6572. Please make all cheques payable to the WindsorEssex Community Foundation. As a reminder we can only provide tax receipts to the issuer of the cheque.

Donate By Credit Card:

Credit Card donation are accepted over the phone. Please call 519-255-6572 and we would be happy to assist you. If you call outside business hours (8:30am to 4:30pm), please leave your name, telephone number, date, and time of call and we will contact you the next business day.

Donate Online:

We also accept donations online through CanadaHelps.org. Donating online provides a quick and simple way to provide gifts to your charity of choice immediately. One of the benefits of donating online through this platform is that you receive a tax receipt immediately after your donation is made. Click HERE to make a donation.

Donate By Life Insurance:

You can donate a life insurance policy during your lifetime, giving more than may otherwise be possible and receiving the tax benefits now.

A Planned Gift | such as a gift in your Will:

You can donate a specific amount, appreciated securities, the proceeds of life insurance or an RRSP/RRIF, a percentage of your estate or your estate in its entirety- gaining tax benefits and establishing your legacy in our community.

Tax Calculator

Click the image below to access Canada Revenue Agency’s tax calculator to calculate what you could earn from your donation


For More information on ways to give, contact Lisa Kolody, Executive Director
P: 519.255.6572 | E: lkolody@wecf.ca

Many are discovering the different ways you can work with your Community Foundation to give back to Windsor-Essex

The Community Foundation Difference:

Your donations benefit your community forever. All donations are pooled into funds and invested together to achieve greater returns at a lower cost. The income generated from these investments form grants that benefit registered charities in the community. Your donation is never spent – it will continue to provide meaningful financial support for generations to come.

Flexible, Affordable Giving Options:

You can make a donation through an outright gift of cash, a gift of life insurance, stocks, bonds or other assets. The gift can be made during your lifetime or left to the Foundation in a bequest. Donations may be pledged over a period of time. You can decide what type of fund you want to contribute to or you can start your own fund and decide how involved you would like to be on a go-forward basis in the grant-making process.

Tax Benefits:

In addition to supporting your community, your donation is also tax-deductible. You will receive a donation receipt from The WindsorEssex Community Foundation with all the information necessary for your records and for income tax purposes.


Establishing a fund at the WECF is a very simple and straightforward process

The community foundation works closely with individuals, their professional advisors and businesses to facilitate charitable giving. One of the many ways donors can support their community is by establishing an endowment fund within the Foundation. For a donor, creating a legacy fund is to touch the lives of his or her neighbors and future generations to come. For the community, a legacy fund provides continual assistance for programs and services that promote and sustain a strong community. The foundation offers several types of funds, each designed to present something different to our donors that will suit their philanthropic objectives.
Establishing a fund at the WECF is an excellent alternative to creating a private foundation, cutting down on expensive overhead costs and benefiting from the foundation’s qualified and trusted investment team. Itensures your legacy continues on for generations to come

If you are interested in establishing a fund at the WECF we would be happy to meet with you and discuss all the options available to you. Please contact us to arrange an appointment with our Executive Director 519-255-6572 or lkolody@wecf.ca

Together we are building an even better Windsor-Essex

Think of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation as a community savings account. Donations are held in permanent endowment funds and pooled for investment purposes. The income earned is used to make grants, as directed by the funds’ donors, to charities whose projects fit our mission of “building a better Windsor-Essex community.”

Types of Funds

Community Fund are composed of many gifts, large and small, each symbolizing a lasting investment in our area. Grants from these funds are awarded through our Community Impact, Fast-Track, and KidStart Grant programs, allowing us to respond flexibly to our communities’ immediate needs and priorities.
Field of Interest Funds allow donors to identify a specific area of interest that they wish to support. Local grant recipients are determined by the foundation’s grant making review committee, ensuring that the fund remains responsive to the community’s needs while supporting the donor’s interests.
Donor Advised Funds allow fund holders to work closely with the foundation’s grant making review committee to select projects and organizations that mean the most to them. They operate much like private foundations, but without the cost and administrative work for the donor.
Donor Designated Funds allow donors to make lasting gifts to their favourite charities. With the establishment of a fund, donors select one or more charitable organizations, local or national to benefit from their fund.
Scholarship Funds allow donors to make lasting gifts recognizing student potential. The scholarship funds provided are directed to the college or university of the student’s choice.
Agency Funds allow area charities a safe and efficient way to establish their own endowment fund while benefiting from our investment and administrative expertise.
Managed Funds are established with the community foundation in order to benefit from the foundation’s professional investment management.

Our Fund Holders

  • A Place For Life Endowment Fund
  • AKO Fraternity Managed Fund
  • BERL Endowment Fund
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Endowment Fund
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Managed Fund
  • C.M. Bus Lossing AKO Fund
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Fund
  • Cancer Research Collaboration Endowment Fund | Play For A Cure
  • Chad Ranni Memorial Fund
  • Class Action Community Fund
  • Constable John Atkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Day Buss Pass Managed Fund
  • Dorothy and Sydney Lawton Fund
  • Essex County Nature Managed Fund
  • Essex Region Conservation Foundation Managed Fund
  • Facca Endowment Fund
  • Freed-Orman Families Endowment Fund
  • Father Matt Sheedy Scholarship Fund
  • Friends of Athletics Endowment Fund
  • Friends of Ojibway Prairie Managed Fund
  • Girard Riberdy Endowment Fund
  • Great Canadian Flag Project Fund
  • H.C. Endowment Fund
  • Harding Electric/Morris and Ruth Harding Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Hitchcock Family Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Hocktoberfest Legacy Scholarship Fund
  • Honey Family Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Inspiration 100 Endowment Fund
  • James L. Scorgie Leadership Fund
  • Jain Foundation Fund
  • Joe and Hazel Lacey Memorial Endowment Fund
  • Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation Managed Fund
  • Joan & Clifford Hatch Endowment Fund
  • Kaysandra Curtis Memorial Endowment Fund
  • Kiwanis Music Festival Endowment Fund
  • Martha Reavley Community & Leadership Award Scholarship Fund
  • Michael G. Solcz Endowment Fund
  • People First of Ontario Endowment Fund
  • Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Scholarship Fund
  • Sandra Beatty Endowment Fund
  • Solcz Group Inc. Community Fund for Children
  • Sunshine Point Camp Endowment Fund
  • Gale and Irene (Knister) Taylor Scholarship Fund
  • Toldo Foundation Arts Endowment Fund
  • Toldo Foundation Arts Matching Endowment Fund
  • Vitality Fund
  • J&J Vollmer Endowment Fund
  • Windsor Classic Chorale Managed Fund
  • WindsorEssex Community Foundation Operating Fund
  • WindsorEssex Community Fund
  • WFCU Managed Fund
  • Windsor Public Library Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Windsor Symphony Society Managed Fund
  • Windsor Symphony Society Matching Endowment Fund
  • Youth Endowment Fund
  • Youth Sports Support Fund

A Donor Bill of Rights

Ethical standards and principles are the foundation for maintaining public trust. The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations. The WECF is proud to be a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Canada South Chapter

Our charitable registration number is 890653595 RR0001

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