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It’s Easier Than You Think To Build Your Personal Legacy

We build millions of opportunities during our lifetime.  Work with Durham Community Foundation to turn those opportunities into your personal legacy. See how John, Diana, Catharine and Carlee have created their legacy funds at Durham Community Foundation.


permanent resources for our community

Durham Community Foundation’s primary role is to build endowment funds that benefit our community. The power of an endowment fund is that it is permanent, yet it continues to grow over time, while awarding grants annually to support immediate needs within our community. To date, DCF has granted more than $1.6 Million to local charities, benefiting residents throughout the Region of Durham. That’s the Real Power of an Endowment Fund.

Community Endowment Funds

Allow maximum flexibility to respond to changing needs and opportunities from year to year. Grants are awarded to a broad range of charitable projects.
Funds include: F.W. Kitchen Family Trust Fund, Garritano Bros. Ltd. Fund, Joe and Donna Dickson Family Fund, Lafarga Family Fund, Morrison Anniversary Fund, Pebblestone Multi-Services Inc. Fund, Sanderson Family Fund, and Tunney Family Fund

Field of Interest Funds

Support special interest areas, for example geographic location, or charitable sector such as health or the environment.
Funds include: Ajax Community Fund, Art of Transition Culture Fund, Bernie’s Legacy Fund, Clarington Fund, Colleen Fund, Hawkshaw Family Fund, Madison Alexander Fund, Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation Fund, Reg & Lorna Braid Seniors Fund, and Whitby Historical Fund

Donor Advised Funds

Enable donors to advise annually on which charities should receive a grant from their fund.
Funds include: Amanda Sarah Heron Fund, Dyall/Hutton Family Fund, Fraser Legacy Fund, George and Jean Lofthouse Fund, J. Donald Thornton Memorial Fund, Live Your Dream Fund, Professional Engineers Ontario – Lake Ontario Chapter Fund, and Stanley E. Lovell Family Fund

Scholarship/Award Funds

Support the education of deserving students for academic, performing arts, cultural or recreational purposes.
Funds include: Evelyn Burden Music Bursary Fund, Grace Fund, Jim Witty Scholarship Fund, Mildred & Jeremiah Coughlan Scholarship Fund, Randy and Margaret Chew Family Fund, Todd McNabb Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Terry James Volunteer Scholarship Fund

Agency Endowment Funds

Help ensure long-term financial stability for specific charitable organizations.
Funds include: Deohaeko Support Network, United Way of Ajax Pickering Uxbridge Agency Endowment, and YWCA of Durham Agency Endowment

Operating Endowment Funds

Support our Foundation’s work in building community from interest generated annually.
Funds include: Jim Souch Memorial Fund, Garritano Brothers Ltd Fund and Unrestricted Fund

Ten Reasons

People Choose

Community Foundations


We are a local organization with deep roots in the community, and part of a nationwide movement whose support we build and share.


We bring donors to the table as community builders, working closely with them to align their philanthropic vision with community needs.


We identify long term needs and opportunities and invest in solutions that let our communities guide their own future.


We take broad and inclusive view of what a community is, and provide grants to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives.


We provide highly personal and flexible service, accepting a wide variety of assets and offering donors maximum tax advantage.


We build permanent funds and those that can respond to immediate needs, helping our communities ensure vital futures.


We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts.


We believe that diversity is strength, so we bring the entire community together to stimulate new ideas, build participation and strengthen community philanthropy.


We are transparent and reputable stewards of community resources, committed to being accountable, accessible and responsive.


We build community vitality – the unique and essential spirit that flourishes when people believe their community holds possibilities for everyone.