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.
Vital Signs uses community knowledge and publicly available data to measure how communities are faring in key areas such as education, health, food insecurity, unemployment, poverty or disadvantage. Community foundations use Vital Signs to start conversations, identify local trends, priorities and opportunities and decide where to focus their attention and resources for greatest impact.
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
- Fremantle’s Vital Signs 2017
- Greater Melbourne Vital Signs 2017
- Melbourne Vital Signs 2014
- Ballarat Vital Signs 2011
Australian Community Philanthropy would like to see Vital Signs develop into a national program for Australia’s community foundations. A Vital Signs Working Group has been established.