Community Impact

Impact Stories

How the Community Response Fund helped Big Brothers Big Sisters Peterborough go virtual

When the pandemic led to restrictions on in-person activities in 2020, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough faced a problem. The organization pairs young people with adult mentors in a safe and non-judgmental environment. It's a model that has always depended on...

We talked to 46 local charities about how the pandemic is affecting their organizations. Here’s what we learned.

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One year into the pandemic, local charities are stretched thin. Here’s how you can help.

Charities have been going above and beyond to respond to the strains of the pandemic. When the pandemic began, charities acted fast. They began adapting programs to virtual formats. They created new services to meet emerging needs. And they protected the health and...

Camp Kawartha Kids Endowment Fund Gives to the Next Generation

Friday November 6, 2020 For Carol and Ralph Ingleton, it’s time to give to the next generation. This was their thinking in establishing the Camp Kawartha Kids Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation. “Camp Kawartha has strong values that support young people from a...

Harvie Ghatavi Fund for Housing Security Joins the Fight Against Rising Inequality

Friday October 30, 2020 As chief and medical director of the mental health and addictions program at Peterborough Regional Health Centre from 2015 to 2020, Kayhan Ghatavi has experience working with some of our community’s most vulnerable residents. “In my experience,...

Dindin Villarino Fund Supports Women, Youth, and Newcomers

Thursday October 22, 2020 “Read today, lead tomorrow.” This was a favourite saying of Dindin Villarino, more affectionately referred to as Auntie by myself, Tootie by my brother, and as a troublemaker by various friends and family. Auntie was the ultimate storyteller...

Wright Family Fund Supports Connecting, Belonging, Inclusion and Having Fun

Tuesday October 20, 2020 Connecting, belonging, inclusion and having fun. Words, yes, but also tangible benefits to individuals able to continue participating in programs offered by Alternatives Community Program Services in Peterborough. All thanks to a generous...

Pandemic or Not, Mental Health Supports Are “Only a Phone Call Away”

Wednesday October 14, 2020 When youth are struggling to maintain their emotional and social health, Peterborough Youth Services (PYS) provides respectful, professional, and therapeutic services to get things back on track. With the pandemic, PYS clients and staff...

From Emergency Housing Relief to Recovery

Thursday October 8, 2020 Last spring, the Community Foundation and local donors provided emergency financial relief to Community Counselling & Resource Centre (CCRC) to support vulnerable residents during the pandemic. “Funding allowed us to acquire technology to...

Mental Health Recovery During a Pandemic

Wednesday September 30, 2020 When the pandemic was declared last spring, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge had to adjust many of their mental health recovery services. A grant from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund provided...

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.

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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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