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The Community Foundation’s $25K donation helps Light the Way to $160K

The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough is pleased to announce a $25,000 contribution to “Light the Way to $160K”, a campaign to raise funds to create an opioid response hub at 220 Simcoe Street. The contribution comes from the Community Foundation’s 2040...

Local Organizations Receive Vital Community Grants to Combat COVID-19 Inequality

MEDIA RELEASE Peterborough, ON – The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough is announcing Vital Community Grants totalling $90,000 to nine local organizations whose work focuses on supporting equity-deserving people who have been disproportionately impacted by...

The Brian and Lynne Kelly Family Fund Makes Major Donation to Light The Way Campaign

MEDIA RELEASE October 26, 2021 We are pleased to announce a $25,000 contribution to the Light The Way to $160K campaign from the Brian and Lynne Kelly Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. This generous donation is directed towards the...

Why COVID-19 is an inequality virus, and what we can do about it

Inequality isn’t unique to COVID-19 — ­ the pandemic just exposed and amplified existing issues in our society. For example, racialized communities, Indigenous people, women, people with disabilities, and lower-income households had different pandemic experiences than...

Vital Community Grants Available to Combat Inequality Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

MEDIA RELEASE Peterborough, ON – The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough is accepting Expressions of Interest for its Vital Community Grants from charities in the City and County of Peterborough. The theme for the 2021 Vital Community Grants will be Equitable...

Peterborough Arts Alive Fund Awards $104,500 to 15 Local Arts Organizations

MEDIA RELEASE Peterborough, ON - Peterborough Arts Alive Fund has awarded $104,500 in COVID-19 Strategic Recovery & Resilience Grants to 15 local arts organizations. The Peterborough Arts Alive Fund is an Electric City Culture Council (EC3) initiative in...

Here is how we supported the YES Shelter to overcome staffing challenges during the pandemic

The COVID-19 has brought many unfair issues to people struggling in our community, including youth and families experiencing homelessness. It’s also brought more challenges for the non-profit organizations that serve them. For the staff at the YES Shelter, the...

21 local food security initiatives get a $250,000 boost amid increased need

MEDIA RELEASE Peterborough, ON – The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has exacerbated household food insecurity, and local organizations and our vulnerable populations need support more than ever. The global outbreak of COVID-19 has been disrupting many aspects...

How the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation is keeping kids safe, connected and out of foster care

Lockdown measures during the pandemic have increased the risk of violence and abuse for vulnerable kids in our community. When the home isn’t a safe place for a kid, the Children’s Aid Society works to find children a safe, stable place to live. Kinship care provides...

Caring for people and their animal companions during COVID-19

We, humans, are relational beings, and pets have provided loyal companionship, comfort, and friendship to humans. For people who are suffering from homelessness or vulnerably housed, it is no different. In fact, pets may play more important roles in the lives of our...

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 |

Co- Executive Director

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