The dream of creating a community foundation for the Peterborough region began in 2006. After working on the successful development of housing related projects, the Peterborough Affordable Housing Foundation (PAHF) decided to expand its mandate to better serve the needs of the County and City of Peterborough. The PAHF Board of Directors met with a number of community leaders and concluded that the formation of a community foundation for the greater Peterborough region would recognize the unique interests and needs of the growing community and provide a permanent, endowed fund that could be used to improve the vitality of the City and County of Peterborough, both for today and for the future.

Our Milestones


  • CFGP awarded 18 grants to charities in the City and County of Peterborough investing more than $160,000 in initiatives supporting community vitality were announced during a Community Celebration in June. Grants included a $90,000 investment, by the donor-advised Kamerin Fund, to light a portion of the Rotary Greenway Trail using low impact, energy efficient lighting and a $10,000 donation, by the donor-advised BG Family Fund, to Hospice Peterborough’s ‘Every Moment Matters’ campaign to develop the Hospice Care Centre. Innaugural grants from the Gwen & Bill Brown Fund for the Arts went to Peterborough Theatre Guild and Peterborough New Stages.
  • Responding to needs identified in the Greater Peterborough Vital Signs reports, an anonymous donor provided $25,000 in support of YMCA Strong Kids summer camp experiences and $25,000 to support a Community Services Hub in Havelock.
  • A grant from the Good Samaritan Hands Up Fund brought the total contributed by the Fund to Fleming College’s Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre to $100,000.
  • The annual Mayor Bennett Giving Gala raised nearly $90,000 to support the philanthropic activities of CFGP.


  • John Good became CFGP’s second executive director and Nicole Gagliardi replaced Laurel Atkinson as program coordinator.
  • The third Mayor Bennett Giving Gala was sold out and raised over $75,000 in support of CFGP.
  • CFGP's firstSocial Finance Fundwas established by a generous anonymous donor allowing for the investment of $300,000 in Mount Community Centre Bonds and providing a $200,000 operating grant to assist the organization with establishing community housing, food, arts & culture and social service hubs.
  • Grants awarded to local community organizations continued to grow topping $234,000 this year.
  • The Judy Heffernan Fund was established to recognize and outstanding motivator, mentor and source of empowerment of businesswomen/entrepreneurs.
  • Coinciding with Canadian Environment Week in early June, 7 Days of Green increased Peterborough's dialogue around local green initiatives while building awareness of green living and giving.
  • The release of our second Vital Signs report at a launch at YES Shelter for Youth and Families was celebrated with more than 40 of our community partners in attendance.
  • Recognizing the contributions of arst and culture to our community, Philanthropy Month was launched at the Greater PEterborough Chamber of Commerce's Peterborough Business Exchange held at the Art Gallery of Peterbrough in November
  • The theme "The Art of Philanthropy" at the fifth annual Philanthropy Forum presented unique and engaging professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers of local not for profit organizations.


  • Over 200 community members gathered for the second Mayor Bennett Giving Gala, raising over $70,000 to support CFGP.
  • In celebration of Earth Day, CFGP collaborated with 26 partners to host 23 events and five green dates for 7 Days of Green in Peterborough City and County.
  • CFGP released our first Vital Signs report providing a unique and accessible way for community members to learn more about the place they call home.
  • The Gwen and Bill Brown Fund for the Arts was establshed as a permanent endowment to honour the artistic and cultural contributions of long-time Peterborough residents, Gwen and Bill Brown.
  • Part time administrative specialist, Jennifer DeBues joined CFGP.
  • CFGP awarded over $70,000 in grants to 23 local charities supporting Health & Wellness, Learning, Arts & Culture, Community Involvement, Environment, Housing and Food Security.
  • November's Philanthropy Month was celebrated by hosting the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the Ashburnham Ale House, our fourth annual Philanthropy Forum and a Peterborough Economic Development's Creative Cocktail.
  • Peterborough's first Timeraiser event - part volunteer fair, part silent auction and part night on the town - was introduced raising pledges for 1910 volunteer hours while supporting local artists.
  • A fond farewell was bid to our first Executive Director, Andrea Dicks, with best wishes for her continued success as she joined the team at the Rideau Hall Foundation.


  • 200 community members attended the inaugural Mayor Bennett Giving Gala, which raised more than $60,000.
  • Nearly $130,000 raised through the Good Samaritan Hands Up Hockey Challenge.
  • CFGP received partial funding from Community Futures and the EODP to hire Maryam Monsef as Community Outreach Coordinator for one year.
  • CFGP hosted its second Community Celebration and awarded grants to eight organizations: Artspace, Kawartha World Issues Centre, Kawartha Youth Orchestra, YMCA Peterborough, Millbrook & Cavan Historical Society, Homegrown Homes, Peterborough Historical Society, and Peterborough Native Learning Program.


  • CFGP launched the Organizational Leadership and Innovation Grants program. Grants were awarded to Trent Radio, New Canadians Centre, COIN and The Rural Outreach Centre. Through these grants over 40 non-profit organizations were impacted. 
  • The Bierk Art Fund, the first Donor Advised Fund of CFGP, announced its inaugural grants to Market Hall, Peterborough Singers, Artspace and Public Energy.
  • The creation of a new Housing Fund, established through a $45,000 gift from CFGP was announced. The Fund will support charitable organizations leading and contributing to affordable and sustainable housing activities within the City and County.
  • In honour of National Philanthropy Day, which recognizes and celebrates the profound impact that philanthropy has made to our lives, our communities and our world, the CFGP extended its philanthropic celebrations for the entire month of November. Throughout the month, the community was invited to participate in a number of dynamic events including: Life is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett; Field of Vision: PhotoSensitive and Social Change; 2011 Philanthropy Forum
  • CFGP partnered with MP Dean Del Mastro to establish the Good Samaritan Hands Up Fund  - a donor advised fund and community initiative of MP Dean Del Mastro


  • Andrea Dicks was named founding executive director. Soon after, the Foundation moved to its current location at 261 George Street North in Peterborough.
  • CFGP publicly launched itself with its first Philanthropy Forum.  The Forum consisted of interactive sessions, breakthrough workshops and a celebration of philanthropy. The Forum was attended by 130 community members and culminated in a keynote address by Marnie Spears, President and CEO, KCI: Ketchum Canada Inc.
  • The Cavan Monaghan and Millbrook Legacy Fund—a permanent endowment fund created by and for the people of Cavan Monaghan to enrich the quality of life of those living in and around the Township—was created.


  • The Peterorough Affordable Housing Foundation officially modified its name and charitable objects to become the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, and in June, the founding Board of Directors was appointed. Bill Lockington was named Founding Chair. Funding was generously provided for start up purposes from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the City of Peterborough.
  • CFGP partnered with Kawartha Heritage Conservancy to raise awareness and funds for the ongoing preservation and stewardship of lands in the Peterborough region.
  • CFGP made its first grants in partnership with Benjamin Moore & Co. to strengthen community and heritage groups in Peterborough. The Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Grants went to three local organizations: Peterborough Green Up, Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough and Sadleir House.