About us


Established in 1994 as a bridge between contributors, charities and community, Durham Community Foundation (DCF) is more than a grant maker. DCF is the charity’s charity – their voice in the Region of Durham and beyond. DCF has invested $6.5 Million in 400+ charities, contributing to Durham’s significant growth. DCF is part of a network of 201 community foundations in Canada with assets of $6.4 billion, allowing it to scale and leverage innovation.

DCF fosters philanthropy by connecting donors, volunteers, and community leaders, addressing Durham's challenges through research, advocacy, and collaboration. Acting as the voice for charities at multiple levels, DCF provides vital support.

Key focus areas

Endowments: DCF forges strong ties with a diverse range of donors to boost philanthropy in Durham. By keeping up with community needs and trends, we channel resources and research to address challenges effectively.

Leadership: DCF promotes collaboration among leaders in philanthropy. We're on top of the latest in charitable trends and offer avenues for learning, networking, and fostering a dynamic charitable environment in the region.

Philanthropy: DCF crafts platforms to enable donors to give back, touching areas like health, arts, and the environment. Our efforts have improved the lives of countless individuals in Durham over the years.

Strengthening Local Charities: We don't compete; we enhance. For 30 years, our role has been to amplify the impact of local charities and nonprofits, offering more than just funding.

Advocacy: Representing our sector's voice, we share its triumphs and trials, ensuring its essential work continues through our strong community connections.

Crisis Support: Our experienced team is ready to assist charities facing challenges, from revenue loss to staffing issues.

Funders Table: This collaborative effort, involving various local bodies, strategizes on funding local agencies based on up-to-date data.

ED Connect: Our monthly sessions offer a platform for Executive Directors to share concerns and find solutions collaboratively.

GivingTuesday: Partnering with CanadaHelps, we champion #DurhamGivesBack, showcasing local organizations and nurturing a culture of giving in Durham.

To learn more or get involved, connect with us.

Volunteer board and committees

DCF Board of Directors

  • Bobby McBride (Chair)
  • Carrie-Anne Atkins (Past Chair)
  • Michael Lucenti (Vice Chair)
  • Craig Loverock (Treasurer)
  • Tracey Vaughan (Secretary)
  • Audrey Andrews (Director)
  • Mary Desjardins (Director)
  • Sharon Kovacic (Director)
  • Crystal Neault (Director)

DCF Grants Committee

  • Tim Casey (Member)
  • Shelley Johnston (Member)
  • Michelle Miles (Member)
  • Bill Morrison (Member)
  • John Stafford (Member)
  • Darryl Swain (Member)
  • Beverley Bettens (Member)
  • Mary Desjardins-Therrien (Member)
  • Cameron Hunt (Member)

DCF Investment Committee

  • Tyler Marche (Chair)
  • Alan Densham (Member)
  • Bobby McBride (Member)

DCF Team

  • Vivian Curl (Executive Director)
  • Wilma Metcalfe (Administration)
  • Cheryl Rosenthal (Bookkeeper)
  • Ian Piggott (IT Management)
  • Derick Renwick (Webmaster)

Land Acknowlegement

The Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg inhabited these lands for thousands of years before colonization. Durham Community Foundation respects these lands are the traditional and treaty territories of the Nations covered under the Williams Treaties, including the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Alderville First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, and the Chippewa Nations of Georgina Island, Beausoleil and Rama.

Durham Community Foundation honours the privilege to live on these lands. We recognize and respect Indigenous Peoples as rights holders and stewards of these lands and waters.

Participating in reconciliation, we commit to continuing to learn from Indigenous values and knowledge, collaborate, and celebrate our human connection. We shall continue to build meaningful relationships and explore new opportunities to support healing and reconciliation with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities in Durham.
Durham Community Foundation is a proud member of Community Foundations of Canada, the national membership organization for community foundations across Canada.

Find us

Charity Reg. #: 898797931RR0001
2-157 Harwood Avenue North
Box 250
Ajax, Ontario
L1Z 0B6

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