The WindsorEssex Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving communities across Windsor-Essex County through collaboration, strategic leadership, and innovative solutions to charitable giving.

Over the past 38 years, the WindsorEssex Community Foundation has accumulated over $20 million in assets and has granted over $10 million to a wide array of charitable programs. Having expanded our reach and legacy giving through the form of community initiatives, such as Random Act of Kindness Day, the Vital Signs Program, Inspiration 100, and the Leave a Legacy Program, we provide donors with unique ways to support and build Windsor-Essex County.

Why work with us?

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation provides you with the opportunity and flexibility to create your own personal philanthropic fund suited specifically to your needs and interests. Every donation to an endowment fund at the WECF is kept in perpetuity. This means that only the proceeds earned from the investment of your donation are used to grant back to the community. An endowment is an everlasting gift to the community, continuing to give year after year to the causes and charities you care about.


Our impact is your impact. Leaving a legacy at the WindsorEssex Community Foundation is about creating the change you want to see in the world. We can work with you to identify how to have the greatest impact on your legacy today, tomorrow, and forever. Tangible and sustainable change is created when donors listen, learn more deeply, and become engaged with the community. That’s why we’re proud to support and share our connections with smaller and mid-sized organizations that do so much of the heavy lifting involved in addressing inequalities.


Establishing a legacy enables you to start planning for the future that reflects your values. We can set up a bequest agreement with you in as little as one conversation. Once you name the WindsorEssex Community Foundation as a beneficiary of your estate via any legal will, you can update your bequest agreement as often as you wish, without the hassle of modifying your will.

We will invest your gift wisely. 

The WindsorEssex Community Foundation works with leading investment experts Connor Clark and Lunn to help your fund grow so that the reach of your legacy will expand over time.

We will ensure that your gift has a lasting impact. 

Whether you have named specific charities, created guidelines for us to follow, or left the decision to our team of experts, your legacy will be directed to impactful community projects and charities that align with your philanthropic goals.

We will honour your wishes no matter what the future holds. 

The future is unpredictable—that’s what we’re here for. The WindsorEssex Community Foundations job is to ensure that your charitable legacy established today, is flexible and adaptable to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Will Wording

Click HERE to view the sample “Will Wording” PDF.

Legacy Calculator

Click HERE to use our “Legacy Calculator”.

Talking To Your Advisor

Click HERE to view the “Talking To Your Advisor” PDF.