Building Community - What We Do

We work to enrich our communities with endowments, grants and leadership.

all community all the time


We work with donors to establish and maintain endowment funds. Each fund  at SCF is unique and reflects the interests of the individuals, company or agency who have chosen to make a lasting difference in our community  These funds are  invested and only the income we are able to earn on the investment is used to make grants, provide scholarships or to initiate a community programme.

We make grants to projects and programmes of registered charities and other eligible recipients. Grants are made on an annual basis through our Community Impact Program or through our donor advised funds. SCF also manages a number of scholarships and short term community projects like the building of the Dow Centre for Youth.dyc porject

We support leadership initiatives in the community by providing a platform for emerging ideas, assisting community agencies with expertise in finance and  policy development  while promoting the not for profit or social impact sector. We aim to respond to community issues and needs now and in the future.

 Since our first day of operation in 1983 we have made an impact on over 130 local organizations and thousands of people in the community. We've returned nearly 4 million dollars through grants and projects throughout Lambton County.

Finances & Policies - How We Operate

As a public foundation,we are  responsive to the communities we serve. Our policies and financial statements are available to the community and can be obtained by calling the Foundation office. You can also view our annual report to the Canada Revenue Agency.

Our overall stewardship objective is to maintain the purchasing power of dollars and the funds entrusted to us. The SCF invests its assets carefully and works to preserve the capital using only  income to fund projects and programmes.  Every dollar is carefully accounted for so as to maximize return to the community. We receive no government funding for operations.

We recognize that many people are concerned about privacy and the use of donor information. SCF does not use third party professional fundraisers and  we  respect our donor's wishes when it comes to publication of names and the collection of personal information.We do not sell, trade or lease our donor lists. The full version of our privacy and other policies  can be obtained by calling  519 332 2588.

you make your community

The Sarnia Community Foundation works with all individuals, groups of people, charities, and companies who have an interest in making the community a better place to live, work and play No gift is too small to do great things in our community  today, tomorrow , forever!

SCF is proud to be a part of the Community Foundations of Canada network and strives to meet the objectives of all CF's across the country and around the world. We are all for community. To learn more about the work on Canada's Community Foundations please visit