Community Impact

Impact Stories

Pandemic Emergency and Recovery: Supporting Survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence

Tuesday September 22, 2020 Demand for services at Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC) has gone up significantly during the pandemic. A grant from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund supported one of Ontario's first 24/7 text lines for survivors of sexual violence –...

Food for Kids, Pandemic Recovery and Return to School

Tuesday September 1, 2020 Food for Kids normally supplies locally sourced food through school nutrition programs. When the pandemic emergency was declared, a grant from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund allowed Food for Kids to purchase gift cards to send to school...

Providing Emergency Meals and Moving Forward Stronger Than Ever

Friday August 28, 2020 One Roof Community Centre provides meals 365 days a year to those struggling with food insecurity. One Roof also offers professional training, life skills, community building, harm reduction, access to primary health care and a safe space to be....

Feeding Youth and Families During a Pandemic and Planning for Recovery

Tuesday August 25, 2020 When the pandemic hit, Kawartha Food Share faced increased client numbers, cancelled food drives, and decreased food donations. A grant from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund helped purchase more food so the agency could continue to deliver...

Harm Reduction Works! On the Road to Pandemic Recovery

Wednesday August 19, 2020 With emergency financial assistance from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, Peterborough AIDS Resource Network (PARN) was able to provide harm reduction supplies and grocery cards to drug users through a mobile outreach van that stops at...

From Emergency Housing Relief to Recovery

Monday August 17, 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...

Making a Difference Today and Tomorrow

For Betty and Bill Morris, their charitable giving offers a double happiness. “We get the enjoyment of seeing how the money can make a difference today but also over the long term,” says Bill. The Morris’ have lived in the Peterborough area since 1998 and quickly...

Youth in Harmony

The Youth in Harmony Fund was established by Alan Wotherspoon in response to his love of music and his commitment to the learning and empowerment of youth. As a high school teacher and principal, Alan gained a deeper understanding of the power of music in the...

Returning Baby Turtles to the Wild

In July 2017, more than 200 community members gathered at a local wetland to release 26 baby snapping turtles, which had been rescued, incubated, hatched and raised at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. Twenty-five volunteers were on hand to make sure the event...

Trans Care Clinic: Accessing High Quality Health Care in our Community

A $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation enabled the Peterborough Family Health Team to work with community partners to develop a plan to address a recognized gap in primary health care for transgender individuals in the City and County of Peterborough. Partners...

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.

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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.

John Good |

Director, Fund Development

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