Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation

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Your path to an enriched community

The Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation helps people give back to the charities and communities they care about, in a way that is simple, convenient and lasting.

We build and manage endowed funds in perpetuity and grant from the interest on those funds to support local charities. Our focus is on improving our communities — the places where we all live, work, play and raise our kids. The place we call home.

We are a young Community Foundation, and started building endowed funds in 2005. Since then we have grown to hold 33 different Funds with a total of over $2.2 million in community assets. In 2016 we granted $72,377 supporting 42 local charities, bringing our total granted to over $750,000 while keeping the capital intact.

With a Community Foundation anyone can leave a legacy. Gifts of ANY amount can contribute to a lasting legacy that supports your personal passions and interests.

How we do it

We work with you: 1) to help you direct or plan gifts that will be dedicated to philanthropy/charitable giving; and 2) to help you easily and conveniently give to all types of charities in your community.

Endowment Funds

1. Endowment Funds:

We can help you set up an endowment fund that is dedicated to charitable purposes. The endowment fund grows over time, and a portion of the income generated from the fund is given out as grants to charities of your choice.

The unique feature of a Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation Endowment Fund is that you only have to give once, but your gift keeps giving forever.

Anyone can set up an endowment fund — an individual or family, a business, or a non-profit organization.

We provide a range of endowment services-tailored to suit your family’s philanthropic interests or your organization’s sustainable community service goals. You can be involved in annual granting discussions, or simply direct the Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation to grant for a particular purpose or charity into perpetuity on your behalf.


2. Giving:

We help individual donors like you give in a way that is simple, convenient and effective. We can link your gifts to charities and initiatives that are addressing the needs in your community and improving lives. We do all the paperwork and issue the cheques on your behalf.

Working with Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation, you can support hundreds of charities and innovative projects in Elgin County. You can support your favourite causes (like the arts, animal welfare, health care, recreation or the environment) or the charities closest to your heart.

Or you can pool your money with other donors through our Community Fund. This is a fund where our donors come together and combine their money to address emerging local challenges, and a wide range of Elgin County charities through an annual call for applications.

We make it easy to give back and to leave a legacy.

Community Foundations of Canada

What is a Community Foundation?

In the simplest terms, community foundations are charitable organizations dedicated to improving communities in specific geographical areas. They do this by pooling the charitable gifts of donors to create endowment funds and using the investment income to make grants.

Community Foundations in Canada are quickly becoming one of the largest grant-makers. Though each Community Foundation in Canada is an autonomous organization with its own Board of Directors and local focus, members share guiding principles, and benefit from best practices and mentorship. The collective assets of Community Foundations in Canada are now over $5.2 Billion.

Visit Community Foundations of Canada website for more information.

2017 – 2018 board of directors

  • Elaine McGregor-Morris – Chair
  • Sarah Groeneweg – Vice-Chair
  • Shawn Jackson – Past-Chair
  • Wayne Kentner – Treasurer
  • Kathy Collier- Secretary
  • Ann Lapchinski – Director
  • Junee Monteith – Director
  • Catharine Sloan – Director


Terry Carroll - Executive Director

Everything we do is designed to help build more vibrant, healthy and resilient communities across Elgin County

With the partnership of caring local people, we invest in community based-solutions that create meaningful and lasting impacts.

We do this primarily by building and managing endowed funds that are invested in perpetuity. We then grant a portion of the income on those investments to local charities.

A wide range of services and Fund Types allow the flexibility to design an endowment fund that captures your unique vision … or donors can simply contribute to any existing Fund.

To learn more about this, visit the DONORS section.

All 191 members of Community Foundations of Canada strive for these same ideals,
. . . in all we do and all we say, all for community!

10 Principles
  • 01We build community vitality
  • 02We understand our communities
  • 03We create opportunities for dialogue and inclusion
  • 04We embrace partnership
  • 05We tackle pressing issues
  • 06We embrace diversity and foster renewal
  • 07We grant for breadth and impact
  • 08We build community assets and champion philanthropy
  • 09We learn and share what we know
  • 10We are responsive and accountable