Funding for not-for profit agencies in Ontario, Canada

trilliumhorizontalThe Trillium Foundation is an important source for grant funding for not-for profit agencies in the province of Ontario, Canada

From their website:

Mission Statement
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), one of Canada’s leading grantmaking foundations, is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Our vision
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is a catalyst that enables Ontarians to work together to enhance the quality of life in their communities. We believe that communities across Ontario are rich in talent, creativity and drive, and our grants stimulate communities to build on these assets.

Our mission
Building healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investments in community-based initiatives.

Every organization has a statement of their core values. Sometimes those values and reality are different. These are Trillium’s:

Our core values and operating principles
The following core values and operating principles guide the Ontario Trillium Foundation and shape its organizational culture. Our volunteers and staff are dedicated to reflecting these values in their actions and relationships.

1. Accountability and transparency
We appreciate the trust placed in us by the Government of Ontario, and safeguard the public funds we receive through rigorous accountability controls. Our communications programs and operational processes ensure that our guidelines and grant  decisions are accessible and transparent to the public.

2. Excellence
Because we believe passionately that our work enhances the   quality of life for people across Ontario, we aim to achieve the  highest professional standards of excellence.

3. Volunteer and staff leadership
Our leadership depends on skilled staff working in productive partnership with knowledgeable volunteers who understand the  needs of local communities in their region. Our staff and volunteer human resources practices foster this creative synergy.

4. Inclusiveness and innovation
Our policies and programs acknowledge that the people of Ontario are diverse and dynamic and that community needs differ across the province.  We support creative initiatives that respond to the real needs of Ontario’s varied and evolving communities.

5. Integrity and respect
Our grant decision-making processes, business practices and communications strategies are governed by the principles of honesty, integrity and fairness. We treat all stakeholders respectfully, including volunteers, staff, grant applicants, and members of the public.

6. Efficiency and impact
We are determined to ensure that public funds are well invested and that our grantmaking and grant-monitoring processes are cost efficient. We consistently measure and evaluate results based on grant outcomes.

Their current CEO is L. Robin Cardozo.

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