Community Impact

Impact Stories

Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough Invests $79,000 in Local Charities

On November 15, the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough announced the allocation of $79,000 in grants to nine local charities during an online reception. Over the past five years, Vital Community Grants have contributed nearly $480,000 to 57 different local...

Build Back Stronger: The Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund Empowers Organizations to Meet the Demands of a Changing World

The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough is pleased to announce $492,000 in funding to support 17 projects in the City and County of Peterborough, as well as Haliburton County through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. The Community...

Remembering Environmental Champion, Artist, and Educator Ralph Ingleton (1939-2023)

Giving back to the next generation of environmentalists has been a labour of love for Carol and Ralph Ingleton. Amongst other philanthropic endeavours, it is what prompted them to establish the Camp Kawartha Kids Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation. Camp...

Community Success Story: Peterborough’s first Consumption and Treatment Services Site, One Year Later

Last June, Peterborough opened its first ever Consumption and Treatment Services site (CTS). “The first year of operations has exceeded our expectations,” says Donna Rogers, Executive Director of Fourcast. “We had a very short time to move from funding to operation...

Empowering Impact: Community Foundation Celebrates Charitable Organizations

Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough celebrates its Agency Fundholders at first in-person reception in nearly four years The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough welcomed several local charities to the Trinity Centre yesterday afternoon to celebrate...

New Initiative: Faces of Leadership

Are you a woman or a member of gender-diverse communities who is trying to push for change locally?  Are you wanting to strengthen and broaden your skills to become a strong community advocate? If so, we would like to invite you to join us for Faces of Leadership. ...

Foundation grants $120,000 to local women, girls, Two-Spirit and Gender-Diverse led and serving organizations

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce funding totalling $120,000 to advance gender equality in Peterborough. The grants to Elizabeth Fry Society, GreenUp, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), New Canadians Centre, and Trent...

New Funding: Community Services Recovery Fund

The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, recently announced that Community Foundations of Canada alongside Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada have been selected to distribute the Community Services Recovery Fund, a...

Catch up on the latest Foundation News

The latest edition of Foundation Focus is available now! Read about a new funding opportunity, a new fund benefiting the Kawartha Youth Orchestra, and more. Read it here.

Announcing $110,000 in Vital Community Grants to 17 Local Charities

The Community Foundation is excited to announce that 17 organizations will share $110,000 in Vital Community Grants. These grants are at the heart of the Foundation’s vision of building a vital community for everyone. Each year the Community Foundation offers Vital...

Established Funds

The Community Foundation is here to help you create a meaningful and lasting change in your community. The Foundation has a variety of fund structures to offer you the levels of support, involvement and recognition you desire.

With a variety of ways to give, you can establish a fund today, plan to give in the future, or contribute to an existing fund. You can choose to support your favourite charities, specific areas of interest, or create unique opportunities for community investment.

Find your fund

Grants Awarded

Donor-Advised Funds generate most of the grants distributed by the Foundation each year in support of charities donors care about.

Agency Funds provide a sustainable source of revenue to charities by building up resources that can be granted to the organization every year.

The Foundation accepts applications to the Vital Community Grants program each year. Vital Community Grants support the people, ideas and activities that build community vitality in the Peterborough area, ensuring charities have the skills, tools, and resources to respond to our community’s top priorities. In 2019, Vital Community grants supported initiatives working to strengthen community connections in the Peterborough area.

When we celebrated the Community Foundation’s 10th anniversary at the annual Giving Gala in January 2019 we wanted to do something special. We asked ten local charities: If you had one wish and $1,000 to make it happen, what would you do? Then we asked guests at the Giving Gala to make a donation to support one of those wishes. In a wonderful example of the power of giving together, we were able to raise $8,500 to grant each of those charity’s wishes, and we surprised them with these Here for Good grants in March. We repeated the process in 2020 and raised close to $5,800 for seven local charities.

Within days of the declaration of the COVID-19 emergency, the Community Foundation, donors and front line charities sprang into action. Knowing that the pandemic would hit some harder than others and that orders to stay home and self-isolate would be more difficult for those who rely on shelters, food banks and meal programs, the Foundation established the Community Response Fund. Learn more about pandemic-related grants and activities.

See Who Received Grants from Us

Meet Local Donors

While there are many reasons that people in our community choose the Foundation as their partner in philanthropy, all of our donors have something in common: they care about our community. Our donors tell us:

“If you’re going to live in a community, you want it to be a good community.”

“This is the place where I live, this is home, and I want to do everything I can to make this place a great place.”

“Giving back to the community is about balancing the equation.”

“We just did what we could to make our community even better.”

Learn more about why our donors give See who our recent donors are

Join the Vital Community Movement

The Vital Community Fund is our community’s resource to support the people, ideas and activities that build community vitality in the Peterborough area. Grants from this fund will support charities in the City and County of Peterborough that are working on our community’s top priorities.

By giving together, we can meet today’s challenges and build for tomorrow. Whether you give $10.00 or 10% of your salary, every gift is combined and invested in the fund, building a permanent endowment that we can use to take action and make change, together.

Jennifer DeBues |

Executive Director

Have Questions? Get in Touch!