Let your heart be light…

The holiday season is an opportunity to reflect and look forward to what lies ahead. At the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, we recognize that 2013’s success has been a result of the commitment, energy and support of our friends, donors and volunteers. So we wrap up 2013, with a round of applause and oodles of appreciation—for you.   

In 2013, your support enabled our Community Foundation to…

  • Release Greater Peterborough’s first Vital Signs
  • Establish funds that will forever impact our community such as the Gwen and Bill Brown Fund for the Arts
  • Engage more than 26 partners in 7 Days of Green – check out the ‘Green Dating’ videos – your face will hurt from laughing!
  • Mix, mingle and raise over $70,000 with the sold out 200+ crowd at the second annual Mayor Bennett Giving Gala
  • Present a most fabulous Philanthropy Month (our best yet in our opinion!)  that included Peterborough’s first Timeraiser.  Through the Timeraiser we invested over $8000 in the careers’ of emerging artists and raised more than 1900 hours for our community!

At the Community Foundation, we are dedicated to improving the lives of people in Peterborough through local giving, grantmaking and community leadership initiatives.  As the year comes to a close, we take this opportunity to remind our friends and neighbours that a strong community begins with you.  The opportunities are waiting.  Whether your dreams involve helping one person or dozens, our job is to help realize those dreams.  We’re ready to help you craft a strategy to make a difference in the world in the ways that matter most to you. We offer a variety of giving vehicles to help make your philanthropy more powerful.  With every choice, we focus on the administration of your giving so you can focus on the impact.

It is our hope that you will put Peterborough first by adding to your holiday list a year-end contribution to the Community Foundation. Your gift to the Foundation will support us in meeting the needs of our community. If you wish to make a donation to the Community Foundation and any of our funds and receive a 2013 tax receipt, you may do so by visiting our website (www.cfgp.ca) to make a secure online donation or by cash or cheque directly to our office.

May 2014 be a year of reflection, collaboration, and discovery. May you find new ways to get involved, become inspired and continue to make a difference in our community.

We look forward to continuing our work together throughout 2014!


No really, tell us what you think. (You won’t be sent to your room, but you may just be sent out for dinner).

Have you heard about Vital Signs? Let us fill you in…

Greater Peterborough’s Vital Signs is a collaborative community initiative led by the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. To be released for the first time in 2013, the Vital Signs report is an annual check-up that measures the vitality of our community. You can learn more about Vital Signs by visiting www.cfgp.ca/vitalsigns.

A VERY important part of Vital Signs is the community survey. It gives community members (that’s YOU) a chance to rate how they think Greater Peterborough (including both the City and County) is doing in a number of subject areas.

By participating in this community survey, you are letting us how you think Greater Peterborough is doing on a number of subject areas. Your voice matters! Really!

Because you’re the expert when it comes to your community.

Please take five minutes to participate in the survey – and to be entered for a chance to win dinner and a show for two (you and a guest will dine at one of our amazing local restaurants and then be wowed by the talent of some of our very own community members!)

Vital Signs Community Survey

We know you have talent Peterborough…

Well friends, we may not be Hollywood bound, but we certainly gave it our best. Two of our staff have had a go at the community idol search that is happening coast to coast this summer. In case you missed it, Canada’s community foundations are producing their first national advertising campaign that will show Canadians how our communities make us who we are. We know that Peterborough is filled with community champions and we can’t wait to see your auditions!

We’re conducting a nationwide talent search to find people that care as deeply about their community as we do to star in our first radio and TV campaign. Interested in auditioning? It’s easy! All of the details are available here: http://cfc-fcc.ca/talentsearch/ Once you audition, be sure to let us know so that we can share your audition with our community.

You can check out the auditions from our staff either on the main page, or on our own CFGP YouTube channel. We will at least make you smile!


Every dreamed of being a star?

Canada’s community foundations have launched a nationwide talent search for local champions to star in our movement’s first advertising campaign. For more than 90 years, community foundations have been supporting communities large and small, from coast to coast. Together, Canada’s 191 community foundations hold over $3.5 billion in assets, serve more than 80 per cent of the nation’s population and play a crucial role in how people give back to their communities. We’re excited to tell that story!

We are encouraging Peterborough residents who embody the spirit of our community to audition! We are looking for people who love their community and the spotlight to come forward and be part of our campaign. No singing is required! This is a spoke word piece. Auditions are via YouTube with a deadline of August 31, 2013.

Learn more: http://www.communityfoundations.ca/talentsearch/


Celebrating in style

June has been a busy month here at CFGP, and we need to catch  you up on a few things!

Our annual Community Celebration took place June 3rd at the fabulous Silver Bean Cafe.  One of the many highlights of the evening was the announcement of the 2013 Organizational Leadership and Innovation Grants. This program was made possible through the generous support of several funds held within CFGP including the Directors’ Fund, the Community Builders’ Fund, the Hallpike Fund, the Mayor Bennett Fund, the Kamerin Fund and the Housing Fund. The following organizations and projects received funding:

  • Elizabeth Fry Society: Funding to implement an eight-week financial literacy program for women living in our community.
  • GreenUP: Funding to build the capacity of staff to deliver cutting edge programming to connect to new audiences and build Ecology Park’s involvement with a wider Peterborough population.
  • Heads Up for Inclusion: Funding to act as convener of stakeholders to promote a collaborative approach with organizations working towards building an inclusive community.
  • Hospice Peterborough: Funding to support the pilot program “Teen Online Grief Group” that offers teens, and those connected to them, with a virtual environment to access bereavement services.
  • Jamaican Self Help: Funding to explore collaborative opportunities with Kawartha World Issues Centre.
  • Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Foundation: Funding to conduct self-esteem workshops for girls aged 9-12 to address the stigma of being a foster child, physical activity, balanced eating and positive self-image.
  • Kawartha Heritage Conservancy: Funding for professional coaching and training in fundraising best practices for staff and volunteers.
  • Learning Disabilities Association: Funding to execute a pilot program that will develop workshops to support learning for children using new technology such as tablets and mobile apps.
  • Market Hall: Funding to create and implement a rental strategy to enhance the Market Hall’s position in Peterborough’s cultural life.
  • New Canadians Centre: Funding to enhance the NCC’s community interpreter training program.
  • Telecare: Funding to design and develop an interactive website and a social media strategy.

Stay tuned for more highlights from the Community Celebration coming soon!