About CIF

The Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created by the Government of Saskatchewan through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act. CIF receives a portion of the net revenues from casinos Regina and Moose Jaw via the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation and distributes those proceeds to support community-based projects throughout Saskatchewan. Since our establishment in 1995, we have distributed more than $148 million to over 400 communities across the province.

More than 10% of the province’s population, primarily children and youth, benefit annually from CIF’s support of these initiatives.

CIF is governed by a Board of eight appointed members who may serve up to two four-year terms. Bringing a broad range of knowledge, experience and regional perspectives, our Board, individually and collectively, is deeply committed to the wellbeing of Saskatchewan communities, and their oversight of the Fund is reflective of this commitment. You can learn more about our current Board members here.

Operating at arms-length from government, the Board is accountable to the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport for CIF’s performance. We work closely with the Ministry throughout the year to ensure Saskatchewan residents and communities are benefitting from CIF’s investments.

Our Mission: The Community Initiatives Fund makes knowledgeable and effective investments in community-based initiatives throughout Saskatchewan that strengthen the capacity of communities.

Our Vision: The Community Initiatives Fund Board and staff visualize a future of vibrant, resilient, sustainable and proud Saskatchewan communities whose citizens are engaged and actively working to enhance quality of life.

Our Strategic Directions

1. CIF will be a strategic and innovative funder.

CIF continuously monitors and integrates community priorities and trends into its planning and programming, supporting projects that demonstrate tangible outcomes as well as new and innovative approaches to complex social challenges. Good grantmaking practises are incorporated into CIF’s administration of grants to ensure the accountability, transparency, and integrity of its investments in community-based initiatives.

CIF continues to seek out opportunities to collaborate with other funders to share knowledge, practises, and engage in joint initiatives. For example, CIF hosts the Funders Network, an informal network of funding organizations that meets to share information, identify shared learning objectives, and opportunities for collaboration. 

2. CIF will play a key leadership role in support of community organizations.

CIF believes that nonprofit organizations and community groups are vital contributors to the wellbeing and quality of life of Saskatchewan residents. CIF supports initiatives that build the capacity of the nonprofit sector through resources and training that equips staff, Board members, and volunteers to better serve those accessing programs offered by community-based organizations.

In addition to providing funding, CIF serves in a leadership or advisory role to a number of initiatives including serving on the advisory group for the Voluntary Sector Studies Network at Luther College, which launched its Certificate in Nonprofit Sector Leadership and Innovation in September 2016. CIF is also working in partnership with Heritage Saskatchewan leading the first Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing Report which will be launched in 2018. CIF continues to serve as host for the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership which undertook a provincial survey of nonprofit organizations in Saskatchewan in 2017 to gather baseline data about the size, scope, and contributions of the sector, and will be releasing the results at its Provincial Summit in April 2018.

3. CIF will have the internal capacity to achieve its mission and strategic directions.

Continuous improvement and learning remains a priority for the CIF Board, adjudication committees, and staff. CIF is committed to ongoing learning by continually seeking opportunities to increase our knowledge of best practises, trends, and innovations in grantmaking. 

Our Annual Reports:

2017-18 Annual Report - PDF | View in ISSUU
2016-17 Annual Report - PDF | View in ISSUU
2015-16 Annual Report - PDF | View in ISSUU

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