Smart and Caring True Sport

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Smart & Caring True Sport: Investing in Sport – Investing in Community

Smart & Caring True Sport is collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the True Sport Foundation that harnesses the power of good sport to make our communities stronger, healthier and more resilient places to live, work and play. We know there are countless ways for community foundations and sport organizations to work together. That`s why we are helping communities across the country discover their strengths, to connect with each other, and to come together to build their shared knowledge and skills. Together we’re connecting sport and non-sport organizations to build social capital and community through values-based and principle-driven sport.

Smart & Caring True Sport offers community foundations and sport organizations several ways to use sport as a vehicle to strengthen community investment.

The True Sport Foundation provides a connection between community foundations, donors and local sport organizations, helping to direct resources and instill True Sport Principles into sport programs.





Current Opportunities - Supporting Community Development through Sport

Through the Smart and Caring True Sport program, the True Sport Foundation accepts applications for projects and/or initiatives that further the True Sport Foundation’s charitable purpose(s), are values-based and principle-driven and align with an existing Community Foundation fund.

Grants provided through this program are intended to provide funding for items such as equipment (both sporting equipment and health/safety equipment), instruction and training programs for coaches, officials, and other volunteers with the organization that focus on issues such as integration and inclusion of all participants, team building events, and financial support for under privileged children and youth.

To learn more about this program, please contact Jillian Black at the True Sport Foundation

2010 – 2013 Pilot Program

Through a partnership between the True Sport Foundation and the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), with support from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Sport and Philanthropy Program supports community development through sport.

From 2010-13, the True Sport Foundation worked collaboratively with Community Foundations of Canada to explore how communities could leverage the power of values-based, principle-driven sport to make a positive impact using a strength-based approach. The project was based on:

The project is based on:

  • discovering the assets / strengths in our communities,
  • connecting with each other and our community, and
  • coming together to build on our shared knowledge and skills.

Using this approach, and with support from the True Sport – CFC partnership, a number of local community foundations have been working to connect sport and non-sport organizations to build social capital and community through good sport.


  • Thirteen participating community foundations in 2010- 2013
  • Over $300,000 in matching grants were provided to projects in participating communities
  • Over 260 community projects across Canada have leveraged the power of good sport to make a positive difference

For more information, please contact:

Jillian Black, Officer True Sport
Telephone:  +1-613-521-3340 ext 3234