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


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. 

Annual Report

Read how HCF is having impact today across Hamilton

Vital Signs

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.

News & Events

March 15, 2023

New Vital Signs episode: Six Nations history

Rudi Wallace welcomes Dr. Rick Monture to discuss the history of Six Nations and Haudenosaunee culture on the latest episode of Vital Signs. Stream here.

February 7, 2023

Join the HCF team!

We’re hiring for the position of Manager, Corporate Services. View the full posting and application details here.

January 26, 2023

ABACUS Evaluation Request for Proposals

HCF is seeking brief proposals to assist in the evaluation of our ABACUS-supported programs. Read the full request for proposals here.

January 19, 2023

Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund grants

HCF recently granted $642,603 from the Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund. See the full list of projects 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.

Click here for an overview of what HCF is doing to work towards Truth and Reconciliation.

Read about our Impact

Putting community first

Compassion, trust and action are a winning combination. Last winter, Karen Turkstra read a Hamilton Spectator article about a snow…

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PAWS for a cause

There’s a saying that pets leave paw prints on our hearts. Unfortunately, the times when the companionship of animals is most be…

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Mentoring diversity in the arts

Red Beti Theatre is helping the next generation of producers find both their voices and their audience. Hamilton’s only Indigeno…

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Listen, learn, respond

This fall, local organizations are receiving grants that touch three key areas of community need. One granting stream helps suppor…

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Growing community

Come play in the dirt! That’s the invitation Hamilton’s kids received from the Children’s Garden, a resident-led project tha…

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Unchained philanthropy

Chris Farias and Jared Lenover celebrated their wedding by setting up a fund at HCF to support organizations making a difference f…

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Taking impact to the next level

Jim Ray wishes he had found Hamilton Community Foundation sooner. After years of giving to causes they believe in, Jim and his wif…

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Rights and responsibilities

Brad is a single dad who lives with his five children in an apartment in east Hamilton. His landlord refuses to spray for bugs, co…

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