BeCause Oakville

BeCause Oakville is a research-based, solution-driven, granting process where The Foundation’s Donors (our Fundholders) determine the granting priorities.


2019 Priorities:

Foundation Donors (our Fundholders) have determined this year’s 2019 BeCause Oakville program priorities as follows:

  • Wrap-around services (an intensive, individualized care management process for clients)
  • Social Enterprise Ventures (a commercial organization that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose)

No call for proposals will take place for 2019. The Foundation will support infrastructures and initiatives already under development through the Halton Granter’s Roundtable and community partnerships.  To learn more about the research and the priority setting process, refer to Creating Vital Solutions: Community Ideas Factory.

2018 Priorities:

In 2018, BeCause Oakville focused on solutions within the Housing and Food Insecurity sectors, and, over $250,000 was committed to supporting 3 initiatives:

  • Emergency Shelters
  • Community Resiliency Hubs – Faith and the Common Good / Halton Environmental Network
    Alternative Housing
  • Alternative Housing for Halton: Position Paper  – Affordable Housing Halton
    Margaret Garden Community Project – Home Suite Hope / Kerr Street Mission

Give Oakville November 2019

GIVE Oakville is The Foundation’s online single grant program, supporting funding requests up to a maximum of $25,000.  Charities will be invited to submit applications in late Summer to early Fall. All requests must have specific connections to The Foundation’s 2015 Vital Signs Report or 2018 Vital Youth Report and be in-line with our granting guidelines.  Over $315,000 was granted through GIVE Oakville in 2018.

GIVE Oakville campaign 2019.  Unique to Oakville, we will invite the community to become “Partners in Philanthropy” and help us raise funds for Oakville’s charities who are doing great work in our community. We will open to the public in November 2019 for “crowdfunding” by the public.  All organizations listed in the Give Oakville catalog are vetted and approved. PLUS The Foundation covers all credit card fees for the organizations – so 100% of your gift goes directly to the organization you support.

With this model, we are able to fund more projects and help more organizations in YOUR community. Your gift of $10, $100, or $1,000 or more as a Partner in Philanthropy, helps the entire community become stronger. In addition, the process informs and highlights many of the great projects that are happening in Oakville — it’s a way for people to learn more about the work that our charities are doing, and to help make them successful.

Stay tuned for our 2019 Give Oakville Campaign.

Homeward Bound Halton (HBH)

The Foundation is a founding partner of the HBH program which was introduced in 2014 and spearheaded by Home Suite Hope. It provides wrap-around services to help single mothers and their children move from homelessness and poverty to successful careers and self-sufficiency.

It is The Foundation’s first ever multi-year funded initiative and the largest granting program to date supported entirely by Fundholders. The Foundation has enabled funding to support the costs of tuition and books for the mothers. Other program partners include: the Region of Halton, Sheridan College, and the YMCA of Oakville.