News & Announcements

At the Community Forward Fund, we share resources to support financial capacity-building in the nonprofit and charitable sector in Canada. Check often, or sign up for our newsletter, for regular updates.


Program Launch: Money, Mission and Strategy

January 12th, 2015

We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest financial capacity building program, “Money, Mission and Strategy.” Money, Mission, Strategy is an innovative peer-based two-day educational clinic designed to equip nonprofits with the knowledge and skills they need to assess their financial health and incorporate practical financial planning tools into day-to-day communications and management. […]

Community Forward Fund among initial issuers on Social Venture Connexion (SVX)

September 30th, 2013

The Community Forward Fund is pleased to announce that it is one of the first twelve issuers on the Social Venture Connexion (SVX). SVX is a platform operating on the triple bottom line investment principle, where return is understood to include social and environmental impact as well as financial profit. SVX defines itself as a local, […]

CFF Board Chair Monica Patten Receives Order of Canada

July 15th, 2013

The Community Forward Fund would like to extend our hearty congratulations to board member Monica Patten, who has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Monica has been a leader in the voluntary sector for decades, and has been instrumental in advancing the cause of community development throughout the world. In addition to […]

In memory of an esteemed colleague

June 6th, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague, Betsy Martin.  Betsy, who was an expert on foundations and impact investing, generously supported CFF with her time and talent, first as an advisor and then as a consultant, introducing the CFF model to Foundations and other potential investors and providing invaluable […]

Loan to the Elora Centre for Environmental Excellence enables energy retrofits in southwestern Ontario

April 5th, 2013

In February 2013 the Elora Environmental Centre was contracted to deliver, over two years, 1,046 free energy evaluation audits and energy retrofits to lower income households in several communities in southwestern Ontario. The program, run in partnership with the Ontario Power Authority, and two small local electric distribution companies, includes the installation of Energy Star appliances such […]

Message from Community Forward Fund Board Chair: New CEO

November 14th, 2012

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to our new CEO and UDP, Derek Ballantyne. Selected after a rigourous process, based on his extensive experience across several sectors, he will form an integral part of the leadership team at CFFAC. He is an expert on finance, in particular on alternative financing for capital projects and was the CEO of several large nonprofit housing companies. He sits on the board of the Laidlaw Foundation and has worked with several nonprofits and charities in Canada and internationally. He has experience working in the GTA, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa. Mr. Ballantyne is fluently bilingual. He will begin his new role as CEO in late November.

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