Starting in 2019, we began incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the Foundation’s work. We wanted to analyze how the work that is being done through the Foundation’s grants and local agencies are supporting the SDGs in a local context.

The work of community foundations already connected to many of the 17 SDGs, but as part of an international philanthropic movement, community foundations have an opportunity to further leverage knowledge, partners and activities in common purpose with others – connecting our efforts locally to a broader vision in order to improve the world around us.

We are pleased to present our third report on the SDGs and want to recognize the amazing work our local agencies are doing in the Cambridge and North Dumfries communities. The data collected below was identified through the applications of the Kids to Camp and Community Grants recipients of 2021.

How Do the UN SDG's Fit Into Our Community?

* Hover over the data above to see how many grants were identified impacting that SDG

According to the data, the 4 most prominent SDGs impacted this year are:

Good Health and Well-Being

Reduced Inequalities

Quality of Education

Partnerships for the Goals

As you can see, SDG #3: Good Health and Well-Being continues to be the most often recorded goal by local agencies when they identify which goals their projects, initiatives, and programs are impacting. While we do celebrate the continuous inclusion of this particular SDG in our communities, our goal is to encourage our stakeholders to consider all of the 17 SDGs and how their projects can impact more of the goals, especially those SDGs related to creating a healthier environment.

One of the SDGs that we are most proud to see impacted is SDG #17: Partnerships for the Goals. We were excited to see many local agencies collaborating and working together on programs by combining their resources to reach more people in the communities. This is what it takes to build and support our communities, and we hope to see more partnerships between local agencies in the years to come.

Which SDGs would the Foundation like to see more focus on?

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. 

We’re excited to continue tracking the 17 SDGs and learn how local organizations are making them a part of their regular program planning. Moving forward, we encourage all our partners and stakeholders to consider how their work and practices impact the SDGs at every step.

Every individual and organization plays a role in ensuring a healthy world for future generations.

For more information on CNDCF’s inclusion of the UN SDGs, please click here.