North American Community Foundations Summit

The Council on Foundations worked with our peer philanthropy networks Comunalia (in Mexico) and Community Foundations of Canada to organize the first-ever North American Community Foundation Summit: Leaving No One Behind which was held in Mexico City in February 2018.

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Over two days, we brought together community foundation leaders from the US, Mexico and Canada to discuss shared challenges and opportunities for building more resilient and sustainable communities across North America. We heard inspiring speakers and learned from community foundation peers about innovative approaches to shared challenges like poverty, inequality, immigration, economic development, climate change and more. 

Leaving No One Behind

Across the US, Canada, and Mexico, community foundations face shared challenges and opportunities as they work to improve the quality of life for all. The first-ever North American Community Foundations Summit explored how community foundations can work locally to leave no one behind and discuss shared issues like education, health, economic development, integrating diaspora communities, immigration, and the evolving roles that community foundations play in communities across North America. 

Sustainable Development Goals

The Summit was framed within the concept of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, 193 countries from around the world adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, including in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In just two days, we explored how community foundations, working at the local level, can have global impact towards these 17 goals.

This Summit was a collaboration between three countries and explored innovative approaches to building stronger, more inclusive, and more resilient local communities. Attendees had the opportunity to learn and share with community foundation leaders and senior staff from across North America and take worthwhile lessons back to their communities, challenging us all to think globally while acting locally.

The 2018 North American Community Foundations Summit looked to focus our energy locally to then connect to one another globally in order to support the SDGs. The Council's President and CEO, Vikki Spruill, shares in this blog post why the Summit is an opportunity for us to think big together and seize the potential and promise that SDGs hold to improve the quality of life for all. 


Sponsorship for the North American Community Foundations Summit is possible in a variety of ways. If you are interested in sponsorship or have other inquiries about the 2018 NACF summit, feel free to contact Natalie Ross at 

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This event is co-hosted by Community Foundations of Canada, Comunalia, and Council on Foundations.

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Natalie Ross

Vice President, Membership, Development and Finance

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