Vital Signs

Vital Signs is a check-up tool to measure the vitality of communities and identify significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life.

Developed by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001, it has grown into a program licensed internationally by Community Foundations of Canada (CFC). Australian Community Philanthropy (ACP) manages the licensing of Vital Signs for Community Foundations in Australia.

Community foundations use Vital Signs to start conversations about local community needs in in key areas such as education, health, food (in)security, (un)employment, poverty or disadvantage to decide where to focus attention and resources for greatest impact.

Australian Vital Signs reports

Canberra Vital Signs, produced jointly by the Hands Across Canberra Community Foundation and the Snow Foundation, was released in October 2018. It is the most recent addition to Vital Signs check-ups about Australian communities. Other reports include

ACP is aiming to develop Vital Signs into a national program for Australia’s community foundations. For more information, download our Vital Signs Backgrounder,visit Community Foundations Canada Vital Signs.


To find out how to support the on-going development of Vital Signs in Australia, contact ACP by email or on 0419 350 240 or click here .