Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) 


Time Period: 2011

Geography: Hamilton, Ontario

Sector: Cross-sector


  • Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) became an anchor investor in the Community Forward Fund (CFF) 
  • HCF has subsequently moved towards allocating 20% of its portfolio to direct impact investments, alongside 80% of its portfolio towards responsible investing. HCF has $31.6 million currently placed or outstanding and another $21 million committed in direct impact investments. 

Stage: Complete

Client and/or Partners:

MakeWay LOGO - Social Venture Exchange SVX

Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) is one of Canada’s pioneers in impact investing HCF identifies as being all-in in terms of aligning their mission with their investment portfolio, with 100% of their assets dedicated to responsible and impact investing.

SVX was engaged to deliver market research to understand the potential pipeline of investees, capacity needs, and for the emerging impact investing strategy of the Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF), including nonprofit organizations and housing providers.

This work included survey design and deployment to nonprofit organizations and housing providers, and analysis and recommendations for the foundation to understand and build the case for further advancement of their impact investment strategy.