Vital Signs

About Vital Signs

Connecting Vital Signs and community knowledge to philanthropy and grant making is what differentiates the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough from others.

Greater Peterborough’s Vital Signs® is a snapshot of our community that measures the vitality of the City and County of Peterborough, identifies needs, strengths and trends, and supports action on issues that are critical to our quality of life.

Kind of like taking the pulse of our community to see how healthy we are, Vital Signs helps us understand where our community is at today, and how we’re growing and changing over time.

Vital Signs® is more than a simple report on our quality of life. It’s community knowledge in action, used by many people and organizations in our community to educate, champion important issues and bring people together to make positive change. You can use it too.

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The charitable sector has an outsized impact on the economy and quality of life of Greater Peterborough.

We recently looked at the 220 community service organizations and foundations responsible for many of the services our community enjoys and found a sector struggling to cope with the aftershocks of the pandemic, the effects of inflation, and the cost-of-living crisis. 

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According to the most recent data available, the charitable sector in Greater Peterborough is responsible for:

$1.29 billion

in total yearly spending.


paid employees. 50% of those jobs are full-time.


employment income to local workers.

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Median charitable donations in 2021:

• Peterborough $450
• Ontario $480
• Canada $360

Donor demographics in 2021:

• 48% are male
• 52% are female
• 61 years is the average donor age
• 35% of donors with income greater than $80,000

High Demand Meets Limited Resources

We asked local charities about the top challenges they’re facing this year:

  • Staffing costs
  • Decreasing donations
  • The effects of inflation
  • Increased demand from service users
  • Lack of core funding*

*Core-funding is defined as financial support that covers basic “core” organizational and administrative costs, including salaries of non-profit staff, rent, equipment, utilities, and communications


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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 a vital community for every one. 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

Executive Director 

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