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

May 10, 2023

Join the HCF team!

We are looking for an Impact & Evaluation Specialist for a 14-month contract. Read more about the position and how to apply here. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 23, 2023

May 2, 2023

New Vital Signs episode: LRT and affordable housing

Terry Cooke welcomes Angie Burden (General Manager, Healthy and Safe Communities, City of Hamilton) and Brian Doucet (Associate Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo) to discuss how transit and housing intersect and what it means for Hamiltonians. Watch here.

April 21, 2023

New Vital Signs episode: The Bruce Trail

Grace Diffey hosts Michael MacDonald (CEO, Bruce Trail Conservancy) to talk about the “ribbon of wilderness” that runs through Hamilton on its way from Niagara to Tobermory. Watch here.

April 3, 2023

New Vital Signs episode: Food security in Hamilton

Grace Diffey hosts Krista D’Aoust (Neighbour to Neighbour Centre) and Kevin Hamilton (McQuesten Urban Farm) to talk food security and agriculture in Hamilton. Watch 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

One-stop infant shop

In this store, everything is free. Barton Street’s Baby Depot Boutique on Barton Street is a one-stop shop for families struggli…

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Nature is everywhere

The GO Explore Nature Education Program connects urban Hamilton students to nature, often for the first time. Run by the Hamilton …

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Connecting through culture

Thanks to a new program in Hamilton, a senior has affordable housing after unknowingly losing his place on the waitlist. A newcome…

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Baby book club

More than 300 children in Hamilton’s lower city are receiving a new, carefully selected, age-appropriate book addressed to them …

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A natural penchant for giving

A mutual love for nature connected Ted and Karin Bossence. Their fund at HCF is an expression of this passion and their belief tha…

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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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