Vital Community Grants Call for Applications

August 26, 2019

A vital community is one where everyone has opportunities to feel like they belong. A sense of belonging strengthens our connection to the community: it makes us healthier, happier and more resilient.

Vital Community Grants will support local charities working to strengthen community connections.

How are you strengthening community connections?

Does your organization bring neighbours together? Foster inter-generational connections? Work towards reconciliation? Nurture a sense of belonging through the arts or sports? Do you support safe, public and inclusive spaces? Provide opportunities to learn and build empathy? Welcome newcomers? Serve those experiencing social isolation? Or do you have other ways of helping to make Peterborough a place where everyone belongs?

The Community Foundation is now accepting applications from registered charities for grants of up to $5,000.

Deadline is Friday September 27 @ 8pm


Community Foundation announces partnership to award $40,000 in grants to charities supporting children and youth

June 17, 2019

The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough will announce $40,000 in grants to support children and youth at 4:45 PM on Monday, June 17th at the Nexicom Lounge, Showplace Performance Center. The grants are the result of a partnership between the Community Foundation and the Otto & Marie Pick Charitable Foundation, and will be awarded to five local charities, including Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Down Syndrome Association, Friends of Honduran Children, Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Foundation and the YES Shelter for Youth & Families.

This investment has been inspired by a shared interest between the Community Foundation, Otto & Marie Pick Charitable Foundation and other partners to support local charities that are improving the health and wellbeing of children and youth. According to Greater Peterborough’s Vital Signs:

  • one in five children in the Peterborough area live in low-income households, which is above the provincial and national average
  • one third of households with children experience food insecurity, and nearly half of households led by lone female parents are considered food insecure, rates which are nearly double the provincial average in Ontario
  • youth aged 12-17 report declining levels of good mental health, with a smaller proportion reporting good or excellent mental health than youth in Ontario and Canada
  • more than a quarter of youth aged 12-17 are considered overweight or obese
  • nearly half of local youth aren’t getting the recommended daily level of 60 minutes of physical activity, which is lower than the Canadian average
  • less than a third of youth are eating five or more servings of fruit or vegetables each day, falling short of the Canadian average

Read more here.


Community Foundation seeks volunteers for visionary leadership roles

April 18, 2019

About the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation brings people together to create meaningful and lasting change in the Peterborough area. We work with donors and charitable organizations to invest in the people, ideas and activities that support community vitality. We are a small charitable organization with a deep commitment to the Peterborough community, a bold vision for the future and an ambitious and innovative culture, currently celebrating our tenth anniversary. ┬áThe Foundation has earned a reputation as a convenor and changemaker in Peterborough, and we’re known as a leader and trendsetter within the national and international community foundation movement. This spring, we launched a new shared-leadership model for the organization, with a three-person Executive Team leading alongside our Board of Directors.

Call for volunteers

We are looking for Board and Committee members to play an important role in the organization as we move forward and deepen our impact in the community. You may be interested in this opportunity if:

  • you are a visionary, collaborative leader who embraces possibility and tolerates risk
  • you tend to take a long-term view of our community
  • you are willing to invest your time and energy in building an important local institution

We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have skills in finance, investment management, fundraising, human resources, or knowledge of the non-profit sector.

Put your name forward

Please send us a one-page letter by May 6, telling us why you’re interested in getting involved with the Community Foundation, and how your mindset, skills, experience or knowledge can contribute to our organization.

Expressions of interest can be forwarded by email to

Download this announcment here.


Community Foundation Announces Expanded Executive Team

April 11, 2019

The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough is pleased to announce that it has expanded its executive capacity through a new shared leadership model. Jennifer DeBues and Nicole Gagliardi will be joining John Good, who has served as Executive Director of the Foundation since 2014, as part of an expanded Executive Team. The Foundation’s board of directors adopted the new leadership model after a year of careful planning and deliberation with staff and stakeholders.

The three-person Executive Team will share accountability for the organization’s strategic direction, while each retaining distinct areas of responsibility. Jennifer DeBues will be taking on the role of Director, Operations & Granting, and will oversee the Foundation’s granting activities and internal operations. As Director, Strategic Initiatives, Nicole Gagliardi will direct the Foundation’s community relations and special initiatives. John Good will be focusing his efforts as Director, Fund Development in an area he is most passionate about - helping local donors realize their philanthropic goals.

Full announcement is available here.