Greater impact together – Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation and Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation studying the idea of becoming one Community Foundation

For Immediate Release | November 30, 2021


WATERLOO REGION, ON — Recently, the Boards of Directors of Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation and Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation started dialogue about the possibility of becoming one Community Foundation that would serve the whole region. These dialogues have been sparked by the planned departure over the next year of Anne Lavender, CNDCF, Executive Director and Elizabeth Heald, KWCF, President & CEO.

As Mike Braga, Chair of CNDCF states, “In these discussions, maintaining and growing connection in local communities will be a priority. Gaining from a regional approach while retaining local presence is the model that will be studied over the coming months to determine if this approach would increase the impact of our Community Foundations.”

“We see this as a natural evolution of the strong partnership we have had for the past six years that includes collaborative work with our community partners as well as our back-office integration which is already in place.” stated, Lori Payne, Chair of KWCF.

It is important to know that, while this study is underway, both Community Foundations remain completely committed to their work with fundholders, donors, grantees, investees and partners.


About Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation
We make it our business to know our community. Working with generous donors and local charities, we identify ways to bring them together to strengthen our community now and forever, through both immediate assistance, and through the management of endowment funds to provide everlasting support. We provide grants to worthy local causes, and continue to support a wide range of initiatives which sustain and improve the quality of life in Cambridge & North Dumfries.

About Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation
Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) is focused on Granting, Impact Investing and Convening to make measurable and sustainable impacts in Waterloo Region. We collaborate with partners to develop forward-thinking innovative solutions and seize opportunities to meet current and future needs of our community. We enable people, companies and organizations to do more good by making it easy for Fundholders and Donors to give and invest, and for charities to receive money. Gifts are directed to KWCF’s endowed funds that drive positive change in two ways: through grants and impact investments that deliver both financial returns as well as positive social and environmental outcomes. We work with our Fundholders to distribute the income generated through grants to support a wide range of charitable causes within our community. As a leading community-building organization we also work to amplify voices and issues of importance by convening conversations and sharing information, while approaching our work with an equity mindset.

For additional information about this release or to schedule an interview, please contact:


Elizabeth Heald
President & CEO, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation
519-725-1806 x 201

Anne Lavender
Executive Director, Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation
519-624-8972 x 204