Purpose, Approach & Publications


Inspiring giving to build a vital community, for everyone.

Community Foundation Story

In 2007, a group of affordable housing advocates met, frustrated with short-term, piecemeal solutions to housing issues, and began searching for a way of working together to create holistic, long-term change in the community. In 2009, with $40,000 and the support of committed local philanthropists, the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough was established. Since then the Foundation and its donors have invested more than $4.2 million in projects that build community vitality, and has attracted over $11 million in endowed and long-term funds. Carefully invested, this growing community asset will serve the City and County of Peterborough for generations to come.

The Community Foundation believes that together, we can build a vital community for everyone. With a long-term view of our community and insight into the challenges and opportunities facing Peterborough, the Community Foundation has the knowledge and the staying power needed to address complex issues, from environmental sustainability to housing and homelessness, from support for the arts to care for those in need.


We mobilize knowledge, assets and relationships to improve quality of life in the City and County of Peterborough. By combining and investing gifts of all sizes in a pooled fund, we work with donors to build sustainable community resources that can address the challenges and opportunities facing Peterborough now and in the future.

The Community Foundation is a public foundation and a registered charity. You can access audited financial statements and link to our Canada Revenue Agency profile here.

Our granting priorities Connecting with community knowledge


With our donors, the Community Foundation has invested over $3 million in charitable projects since making our first grant in 2011. From support for affordable housing, education and care for those in need to the arts, recreation and environment, these investments cover the breadth of our community and add depth to the vitality of the City and County of Peterborough.

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The Community Foundation’s vision is $15M in assets under management by 2021.

The Foundation’s strategic priorities are:

  • Having strong relationships with stakeholders, including philanthropists, advisors and charities.
  • Using community knowledge to inspire and inform meaningful philanthropy connected to local priorities.
  • Being an effective and impactful granting organization.
  • Being a good steward of funds with self-sustaining operations.

The Foundation’s vision and strategic priorities are about lasting results and inspiring giving to build a vital community, for everyone. This can only be achieved by ensuring the right people and other resources are in place.

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Jennifer DeBues |

Director, Operations and Granting

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