Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to our website.  Thank you for your interest in community philanthropy and our Foundation.

As the holiday season approaches, we enter the time of year when giving is top of mind.  Gifts become a means of saying how much we care about each other.  In all the exchange that is going to happen this holiday season, I hope that we can remember those members of our community who need our support, who may not be as fortunate as the majority.

I recently read a book by Peter Wohleben called "The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World. “  It is a fascinating look at trees and how forests act like communities.  Wohleben writes: "But the most astonishing thing about trees is how social they are. The trees in a forest care for each other, sometimes even going so far as to nourish the stump of a felled tree for centuries after it was cut down by feeding it sugars and other nutrients, and so keeping it alive...The reason trees share food and communicate is that they need each other. It takes a forest to create a microclimate suitable for tree growth and sustenance. So it’s not surprising that isolated trees have far shorter lives than those living connected together in forests."

It is a simple concept.  We all need each other.  Our community is only as strong as the weakest link. Think about our Community Foundation as a way of transferring some of your abundance, your goodness, to your neighbours and friends while strengthening our collective network.  Your donation to one of our funds ensures continued benefits, in the form of grants, that are paid out to charities and nonprofits across our region supporting projects that make life in Grey Bruce better for everyone.  In our anniversary year, you can donate to our Next25 Fund which builds resources enabling the Foundation to grant strategically to address the greatest community needs as identifed in our Vital Signs work. 

Add a donation to your community to your shopping list this holiday season.  Keep our community strong.  We leave no one behind.

Happy Holidays from all your friends at Community Foundation Grey Bruce!