Endowment Fund

Give the Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

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The Community Endowment Fund was established in 1988 to serve the broad non profit charity community with capital funding and emergency assistance.

A Living Legacy

When you make a gift to the Community Endowment Fund, the capital remains in tact. Only the net investment income earned is used, thus perpetuating your gift to provide help and hope to people in need for generations. Assets of the fund are professionally managed by the Community Endowment Fund. The assets are invested to achieve a balance between long-term security of capital, asset growth and a level of annual income that will allow for funding of worthwhile community programs and services.


The Community Endowment Fund is committed to provide funding from our investment income to worthy community projects under 5 pillars:

Social Services, Education, Arts, Sports and Health Care

Leaving a Legacy

The Community Endowment Fund is an excellent way to achieve your personal charitable objectives, while making a sound investment into what benefits you and your family today and will serve the community in the futures.

Making a Gift

You can invest in a specific area through a Donor Designated Fund or make a general donation as defined by the mandate of the fund for community wide benefit by:

  • Cash donation
  • Bequest in a will
  • Charitable life insurance policies
  • Gift of securities

This information is general in nature and does not constitute legal or financial advice. The United Way of Sault Ste. Marie and district encourages you to seek professional legal, estate planning and or/financial advice before deciding upon your course of action. For more information about the Community Endowment Fund contact Maureen Dodd at meddodd@uwssmalgoma.ca or 705-256-7476 X216.

Lives Changed

“My parents couldn’t afford sending me to college. But, that didn’t stop me from chasing after my dream. The Options Navigator helped me make it happen.”
– The Options Navigator, John Howard Society

“The fund empowered me to address the need for youth recreation opportunities in the downtown area and pursue my passion all together.” – Social Innovation Fund, NORDIK

“I no longer feel alone. Rainbow camp changed my life. I would be a very different person without it.” – Rainbow Camp, Welcome Friend Association

Who can apply?

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    Effective June 2018… The United Way Board is reviewing the Policies of the United Way Community Endowment Fund and we will not be accepting grant applications until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.