Our Endowment Funds

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 $4.2 Million to local charities, benefiting residents throughout the Region of Durham.

That’s the Real Power of an Endowment Fund.

Our Endowment Funds

The following endowment funds have been established at Durham Community Foundation by individuals, families, and organizations that simply put love their community. We are grateful for their profound commitment to our community.

Ajax Community Fund

supports needs and projects specifically in Ajax. Created initially by Ajax Town Council, citizens are growing and building the fund to ensure sufficient investment revenues to support community needs.

Amanda Sarah Heron Fund

honours a special young woman who died tragically in 1998. Family and friends remember Amanda on special occasions with a gift to this Fund

Art of Transition Culture Fund

supports arts and culture in Durham Region.

Barry Jackson Memorial Fund

created by Dr. Jackson’s family as a tribute to the many lives he touched during his career as Chief Psychologist with the Durham District School Board. The fund will work with the Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth, to encourage children and youth to participate in healthy and safe physical activity, recreation or cultural programs.

Bernie’s Legacy

established by Janet & Alex Georgieff to honour her father. This fund will support mental health issues, an important issue to Janet, her late father, and her family.

Clarington Fund

created by a former councillor to support charitable projects within the Municipality of Clarington.

Colleen Fund

founded by Durham Medical to remember Colleen Marie Elizabeth Hogan. Her work ethic and fondness for kids (especially those with special needs) were among her many contributions as a staff member of Durham Medical for more than 15 years. This fund will help benefit children’s educational programs or programs for children with special needs.

Deohaeko Support Network Fund

supports Deohaeko Support Network, a group of Durham Region families dedicated to ensuring individual members with disabilities live rich and contributing lives. The following named funds honour specific individuals and groups: Jon Bennett Fund, Caroline Dionne Fund, Robert Salmers Fund, Supporters of Deohaeko Fund, and Tiffany Dawe Fund.

Dyall/Hutton Family Fund

John and Jill created this fund as a way of providing continuing support to the community.

Evelyn Burden Music Bursary Fund

honours an Oshawa resident who believed that all children should have the opportunity to take piano lessons. Selected grade 4-8 students are provided with lessons each year.

Fraser Legacy Fund

was initiated as a Christmas gift by Carlee Fraser to her parents, Bonnie and Robert. The Fraser family and Fraser Ford have been extensively involved throughout Durham Region and look forward to creating a lasting legacy that benefits youth.

F.W. Kitchen Family Trust Fund

established in memory of Mr. Kitchen, an Oshawa citizen and community supporter.

Garritano Bros. Fund

Matt and his brother Alfredo have continued their outstanding philanthropic contributions, by creating this fund to support local charities.

George and Jean Lofthouse Fund

established by Mary Lofthouse and Jean Keane as a tribute to their parents. Founder of Whitby’s Lofthouse Brass Manufacturing Inc., George and his wife Jean were very active in the community.

Grace Fund

established by a group of women, this fund helps women from Durham Region realize their dream of a university education by providing an annual bursary to a University of Ontario Institute of Technology student.

Hawkshaw Family Fund

is in memory of the parents of Ron Hawkshaw and his sister, Sharon, this fund will enable children, whose family cannot otherwise afford the fees, to participate in recreational hockey.

J. Donald Thornton Memorial Fund

remembering a longtime Oshawa resident, who dedicated his volunteer efforts to a wide variety of community organizations. Each year, Mr. Thornton’s wife, Joan, volunteers with Durham Community Foundation to allocate grants to the different community needs.

Jim Flaherty Fund

Jim Flaherty’s commitment to our community and country was profound. Durham Community Foundation is privileged to honour his legacy by establishing a permanent endowment fund that benefits current and future generations throughout the Region of Durham. In 2015, our St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, raised $20,000 for the Jim Flaherty Endowment Fund Decisions with respect to granting priorities in the region will be reviewed annually by Christine Elliott and her sons.

Jim Souch Memorial Fund

created with Jim’s generous gift of a life insurance policy … an example of his dedication as a respected businessman and community leader.

Jim Witty Scholarship Fund

honours Jim Witty’s seventeen years in elected office with scholarships presented each year to one or two Ajax students attending the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

Joe & Donna Dickson Fund

building a fund to ensure a lasting legacy in the community that supports local food banks and shelters

Lafarga Family Fund

gifts received from family and friends recognizing special occasions.

Live Your Dream Fund

created to “help charities live their dream”. Ian Burns and Shelley Johnston, of The Pension Specialists recognize the importance of helping others and providing assistance to those less fortunate. With donations to their fund, Ian and Shelley are able to provide funding to a number of local charities. The assets of the fund are invested and the interest is paid out annually to local charities. This fund will run in perpetuity.

Madison Alexander Fund for Single Parents

inspired and launched by Tamara McKee to help single-parent families on their journey toward understanding, independence and fulfillment.

Melody Crawford Fund

established in memory of Melody Crawford.

Mildred & Jeremiah Coughlan Scholarship Fund

Durham Community Foundation is honoured to be the new stewards of the Mildred and Jeremiah Coughlan Scholarship Fund. The fund was established in 1997 in the memory of Jerry Coughlan’s parents. Mr. Coughlan and his family are well respected builders of fine homes and have been developers of commercial and industrial properties for over 60 years. The funds were raised through the generous support of participants in an annual golf tournament held at Glen Cedars. The fund will provide financial assistance to students graduating from a high school in either Ajax or Pickering and pursuing a post- secondary education.

Morrison Anniversary Fund

created to celebrate Bill & Mary’s 25th wedding anniversary.

Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation Fund

established in partnership with the Province of Ontario this fund encourages and supports participation by children and youth in healthy and safe physical activity, recreation, or cultural programs.

Pebblestone Multi-Services Inc. Fund

supports women and children in Durham.

Professional Engineers Ontario – Lake Ontario Chapter Fund

supports a variety of charities.

Randy & Margaret Chew Family Fund

For Randy and Margaret Chew establishing a $150,000 permanent endowment fund at Durham Community Foundation, is their way of supporting a community that has been good to them.

The Region of Durham has been their home for more than 30 years. It’s also home for their business, SMS, Smillie McAdams Summerlin Ltd. The company, based in Whitby, distributes specialized products nationally for the mechanical construction industry on commercial, institutional and laboratory projects.

For Randy and Margaret, “the community has been a great place to raise a family and grow our business. We believe in education, this fund will provide scholarships and bursaries for students attending Durham College now and forever.”

Randy and Margaret’s lifelong commitment to community includes many years of volunteering with events and holding committee or executive positions with The Whitby Curling Club, The Whitby Swim Club and The Bowmanville Figure Skating Club. In addition to establishing the fund, Randy has also joined the Board of

Directors at Durham Community Foundation. “I have been very fortunate in my life and if I can provide assistance to help grow the Foundation’s endowments then I am happy to do that. Clearly more needs to be done to increase the funding of charities that help residents and employees in our region. Growing the Foundation’s endowment fund is one way we can ensure a permanent pool of resources to support charities well beyond our lifetimes.”

Reg & Lorna Braid Seniors Fund

ensuring seniors across Durham Region have the assistance they need in future, to access medical appointments, get projects completed at home, and access other services they need anywhere in the region. What a wonderful legacy!

Sanderson Family Fund

gifts received from family and friends recognizing special occasions.

Stanley E. Lovell Family Fund a lasting tribute to Mr. Lovell, a long-time community volunteer, dedicated business leader, now retired. Lovell Drugs, the oldest independent drug store chain in Ontario, and family-owned for over 100 years, was established by Mr. Lovell’s father.

Todd McNabb Memorial Scholarship

Todd McNabb was a coach in the minor hockey community in Ajax and Pickering for over ten years. Honoring his passion and desire for youth to embrace an extracurricular activity like hockey to build character and create friendships for a lifetime, the Todd McNabb Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014. Available to a student graduating from a high school in Ajax and entering their first year of a post-secondary education program, this $1,000 scholarship requires participation in minor hockey for a minimum of 3 seasons and also encourages strong academic achievement, engagement in extracurricular activities and active involvement in the community.

Terry James Volunteer Scholarships Fund

Terry James was a consummate community volunteer and champion of many important causes. The Terry James “Honour the Volunteer” Golf Tournament is held annually and funds raised go to Terry James Volunteer Scholarships; available to elementary and high school students across Durham, encouraging them to volunteer and contribute back to their communities.

Tunney Family Fund

created through the generosity of Catharine & Kevin Tunney who continue to be very involved in the community, sharing their expertise with many different organizations. ”We are pleased to be able to give back to a community that has provided our family with a wonderful life and many opportunities.”

United Way of Durham Region

supports United Way’s Community Initiatives Program which assists grass root organizations with one time support for programs under development.

Whitby Historical Fund

Thanks to the support of a local family, a new permanent endowment fund was established at DCF to preserve the Town of Whitby’s history. Currently, this fund supports the work of the Whitby Historical Society which has been tasked to preserve the collection. Throughout the year, parts of the historical collection is alternated and displayed at the Lynde House Museum at the corner of Brock and Burn Streets in Whitby.

YWCA of Durham Agency Endowment

helping sustain the YWCA’s work throughout Durham Region for years to come, grants from this fund support numerous YWCA projects impacting lives of women across the Region.