The Community Foundation of Ottawa is a very flexible yet secure philanthropic vehicle that is available to anyone who would like to give something back to the community. Donations are pooled into an ever-growing, permanent endowment fund and only the earnings generated through its investment are distributed in the form of grants. Thus donors can be confident that a gift to the Community Foundation, no matter how small or in what form, is a gift that will continue to give for many years to come — forever, in fact.

Year-end Donation Deadlines

Gifts by Cheque
If you wish to receive a same-year tax receipt, please ensure that your cheque is mailed (and postmarked) no later than December 31. Please make cheques payable to the Community Foundation of Ottawa, specifying the name of the fund in the memo field.

Gifts by Credit Card (via Internet)
Make online gifts before midnight (EST) on December 31.

Gifts of Securities
When making gifts of publicly-listed securities, we recommend having your broker file all forms by December 18* in order to ensure that final ownership of the securities is transferred to the Foundation by December 31. Please also complete and send us the Direction to Gift Shares form by the same date.

*Please check with your broker regarding holiday hours. For more information, please contact Gary Zhao.