Call for nominations: board and committees

Hamilton Community Foundation is located in Hamilton, Ontario, which 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 role as a foundation that serves the needs of our community.

Hamilton Community Foundation is a charity that has been proudly serving the Hamilton community for 70 years.

The Foundation’s vision is a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Hamilton. We aim to drive positive change by connecting a diversity of people, ideas and resources.  Our values are: equity, Reconciliation, courage, relevance, accountability and collaboration.

We drive positive change by:

What we are looking for

Hamilton Community Foundation is seeking five nominees to join the Board of Directors beginning in September 2024.

Board director responsibilities

Board directors play a pivotal role in the governance of Hamilton Community Foundation by shaping its strategic direction and providing oversight of its overall management.

Directors are elected by the members for terms of three years and may serve to a maximum of six years. When circumstances warrant, a director may be asked to serve an additional term.

Key responsibilities include:

Board director nominee perspective, skills, and experience

Board experience

The following are amongst the experience factors that are sought:


We are also looking for these skills

Affordable housing/transportationGovernment relations/advocacy
Building/development/facilitiesHCF committee prior experience
Community and responsible investingHealth/medical
EducationHuman rights experience
EntrepreneurIndigenous ways of knowing
EnvironmentKnowledge of the Hamilton community
Equity deserving community experienceLeadership transition/succession planning/HR
Evaluation skills relevant to the social sectorLegal/accounting expertise with estates/tax focus
Finance expertiseSocial inclusion/community/social services
Governance/reported to a Board/experience with
Private or Public Foundations
Social/health public sector system experience


We are seeking individuals who are deeply committed to the community and to the board member role. Key expectations are:

Board sub-committees

If you are interested in getting involved at the committee level rather than sitting on the Board, we are also seeking community volunteers for the following:

Each committee has specific Terms of Reference and due to the unique work of these groups, we are seeking community members with relevant knowledge gained through work history, volunteer involvement and lived experience.


Directors do not receive remuneration from participating in HCF’s Board. However, HCF reimburses board- and committee-related travel expenses.

Application submission

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. April 11, 2024. You may send your application in an email with attachments using the subject line Nominations 2024, to or complete the online form. If you are emailing your application:

If you would prefer to submit a video bio, please email so arrangements can be made for the transfer of the video file.

Only complete applications from nominees 18 years or older will be considered; please see the CRA guidelines for eligibility.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to ensure a fair process for individuals with varying abilities. Please contact if you would like to begin a conversation about any accommodations or accessibility requirements through the nomination process.