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We work with donors and charitable organizations to invest in the people, ideas and activities that support community vitality.

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Impact Stories

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...

Adventure in Understanding

Dalfaa Abosabaa was one of 20 teens who paddled three voyageur canoes from Peterborough to Curve Lake First Nation on the 100 kilometer ‘Adventure in Understanding’ trip in the summer of 2016. The program, developed by the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha in...

Making a Habit of Giving

Peterborough’s uniquely local blend of city and country living drew Ray Dart and his partner Krista English back to the area in the 1990s, where they connected to a strong community of friends and neighbours and stayed to work and raise their family. Community has...

New Traditions of Giving

When Charlie Bierk and Martha Ramsay got married in August 2017, it just made sense to them to have the wedding at Martha’s family farm in Young’s Point, the same place where her parents were married over 30 years before. Over seventy friends and family members camped...

The Power of Giving Quietly

John Martin was a well-known community member with a strong philanthropic legacy, who knew that financially disadvantaged kids can face many barriers to participating in team sports and extracurricular activities.  In 2015, John’s family and friends established the...

Pollinator Garden Builds Community and Environmental Sustainability

A few hundred feet from Peterborough’s Tallwood Towers, there’s a bilingual sign in English and Arabic. The sign invites community members to enjoy and maintain a beautiful pollinator garden. Planted by twenty-five volunteers in 2017, the garden brought Syrian...

Mount Food Centre Nourishes Body and Soul

Picture a state-of-the-art kitchen that serves as ‘the heart of the home.’ This is the concept that guided development of the Mount Food Centre, including The Fulcrum Café, bakery and professional kitchen. Funded in part by a $300,000 donation from the Community...

Jiiman Project: Celebrating Complex and Ancient Relationships with Landscapes and Waterways

In the fall of 2017, canoe builder Chuck Commanda worked at the Canadian Canoe Museum to construct a traditional Kitigan Ziibi-style birch bark canoe. Just two weeks after they unrolled a six-metre sheet of birch bark in the Museum’s Preserving Skills gallery, Chuck...
COVID-19: Our response and how you can help

COVID-19: Our response and how you can help

Thursday April 16, 2020 $200,000 granted to front-line agencies providing food and shelter during COVID-19 pandemic Yesterday the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and United Way Peterborough and District brought together ten front-line agencies providing...