Driving positive change by connecting diverse people, ideas and resources.

Driving positive change by connecting diverse people, ideas and resources.

Creating a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Hamilton

SCAFFOLD is a $50 million commitment to affordable housing that brings together resources based on research, consultation and the advice of policy experts.

Read about how we’re supporting bold moves in our latest annual report

Hamilton’s Vital Signs is a resource to help us understand our city over time; the more we understand, the better our effort to help it thrive.

ABACUS focuses on the transitions to and through the middle-school years to increase the likelihood that young Hamiltonians graduate high school and access post-secondary opportunities.

News & events


July 17, 2024

Terry Cooke announces retirement

HCF President & CEO Terry Cooke is set to retire at the end of August. Read more here.



June 6, 2024

Bursary Advisory Committee call for nominees

We are seeking three nominees to help allocate financial support for students from our bursary funds. Learn more here.



April 12, 2024

UnCharitable documentary screening

We’re glad to sponsor a screening of UnCharitable, presented by Immigrants Working Centre, on April 24 at Westdale Cinema. More details here.



April 12, 2024

Our new Legacy Spring newsletter is out now!

Read about a new participatory granting pilot, eviction prevention supports, a mental health program for refugees and more in the latest edition of our newsletter. Read it here.


Hamilton Community Foundation land acknowledgement

The City of Hamilton is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Today, the City of Hamilton is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America) and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers.

Actions

HCF has approved a draft Declaration of Action to contribute and implement its response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, as well as to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. We are also undertaking board and staff education to deepen our knowledge and understanding of colonialism’s history and ongoing impact. 

Read about our Impact

Trusting in our community

Sometimes trying something different can reveal new possibilities and strengthen relationships. A participatory granting pilot at …

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Home for good

For too many members of our community, housing is precarious. Some are often one eviction notice away from losing their homes. A n…

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Connecting rural seniors

In a constantly changing world, learning never ends. A new educational program in rural Flamborough connects seniors to helpful le…

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Closing the mental health gap

Long wait times for refugee claim hearings often mean asylum seekers do not receive mental health services, despite research indic…

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A space of their own

An afterschool space that is just for youth – this is the proven strategy that BGC Hamilton-Halton is using to help kids in its …

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Inspired to keep giving

Beatrice Kemp spent a career doing good in Hamilton. That commitment continues in the form of a new HCF fund reflecting her passio…

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Honouring our elders

Ghana Association of Hamilton’s program helps isolated seniors find hope. When the pandemic hit, Comfort Boateng pressed pause o…

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Breathing easier

Researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton are hoping lung cancer patients will live longer, healthier lives thanks to an …

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