FAQ

  • What is a foundation, and what does it do?

    A foundation is a charitable organization that utilizes the funds it receives via donation or sponsorship to support another organization or a certain population. The OCH Foundation brings together key stakeholders and community leaders. We identify and leverage a wealth of existing resources. We maintain prior relationships and establish new partnerships. And, we do it all with one main goal in mind: to empower, inspire and equip OCH tenants so they can build thriving communities for themselves, for their families, for their neighbours and for their city.

  • Does the OCH Foundation receive government funding?

    The OCH Foundation is funded primarily by the OCH Corporation and through the various fundraising initiatives it holds annually. Government funding is only acquired through grant applications.

  • Is the OCH Foundation separate from Ottawa Community Housing?

    The OCH Foundation is separate from the OCH Corporation in a sense that it exists solely to support OCH tenants. Where the OCH Corporation focuses on bricks and mortar – the Foundation supports tenants on a one-on-one basis and works with community partners to help tenants living in community housing break the cycle of poverty, achieve personal success and lead healthy lives.

  • Who Gives?

    The OCH Foundation accepts donations of all kinds. Contact us today to see which way best suits your charitable needs.

  • Where does the money go?

    The OCH Foundation invests donations into various initiatives it organizes to help OCH tenants achieve personal success through education, employment and community engagement.

  • What are the OCH Foundation's administration fees?

    Administration fees vary depending on the donation or project at hand. Please contact the OCH Foundation for more information.

  • How do I learn about the OCH Foundation’s priorities in my community?

    If you are not able to find the information you’re looking for on this website, please contact info@ochfoundation.ca to find out about the priorities in your community.

  • I have a specific interest in an area of the community that wasn’t listed on the Foundation’s website. Will the foundation allow me to direct my donations towards that cause?

    The OCH Foundation will work with you to ensure that your donation reaches the specific areas that affect you most. Contact us today to set up a donation plan that works for you.

  • Why donate gifts with the OCH Foundation vs. another Ottawa based charity?

    The OCH Foundation works directly with the people whom you call neighbour. We work directly with the communities and the people who need help most – and we are willing to work with you. If you have a specific area of need that you would like to donate toward, contact us today.

  • What is an endowment fund?

    An endowment is an investment fund set up by an institution in which regular withdrawals from the invested capital are used for ongoing operations or other specified purposes.

  • I’m interested in starting a Fund, what are my next steps?

    For more information on starting an endowment fund with the OCH Foundation, click here.

  • Is there a minimum donation?

    No, there is no minimum donation. We will gladly accept any help you wish to provide.

  • Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

    Tax receipts are issued for donations greater than $20.

  • I want to remember OCH Foundation in my will. What should I do?

    For more information on remembering the OCH Foundation in your will, click here.

  • Can I give anonymously?

    The OCH Foundation does accept anonymous donations. However, an anonymous donation cannot receive a charitable receipt.

  • Does the OCH Foundation share donor information?

    With the express written consent of a donor, the OCH Foundation will include them to the ‘Donor Stories’ page included on the website. In any other circumstance, no information will be shared.

  • When does the OCH Foundation accept applications for its awards and scholarships?

    Application deadlines vary depending on the scholarship in question. For more information on scholarships, click here.

  • How do I volunteer with the OCH Foundation?

    If you would like to volunteer with the OCH Foundation, please email info@ochfoundation.ca.