Prince Edward County is a Canadian island community in Lake Ontario. Approximately 25,000 people live in "The County" year round on farms, quiet roads along the 800 kilometers of coastline, or in small towns and villages - Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington, Rossmore, Consecon, Rednersville, Hillier, Rosehall, Milford, Cherry Valley, Big Island, Demorestville, Northport, Ameliasburgh, and Black River. Many others consider the County to be their second home, and hundreds of thousands visit the area every year, drawn by special rural character of this place, as well as its art, community events, local food and wineries.
In 2004, a Cultural Round Table (CRT) hosted a forum for individuals and organizations interested in encouraging our community to thrive. Attended by representatives of the hospital, the schools, the Women's Institute, municipal councillors, filmmakers, artists, gallery owners, representatives of the Arts Council, the Economic Development Office, Parks and Recreation, and business owners, the CRT identified areas within the County that could benefit from the financial support of a community foundation. An open meeting was held in Ameliasburg with the Executive Director of the Kingston Community Foundation, and the idea was enthusiastically received. A group of 40 community leaders, members of council and interested citizens then met in January 2008 and encouraged a small volunteer group to lay the ground work and apply for charitable status. The Prince Edward County Community Foundation (CCF) received charitable status in 2009 and became a registered member of Community Foundations of Canada in 2010.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY FOUNDATION?
Your local community foundation contributes time, leadership and financial support to initiatives that benefit your community most. With an intimate understanding of local needs and opportunities, community foundations champion issues that matter by directing grants and other investments towards everything from shelter, education, and care for those in need, to the arts, environment and recreation.
HOW DO COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS WORK?
Community foundations play a crucial role in how people give back where communities need it most. We connect people, families and companies with causes that inspire them. We pool resources, knowledge and expertise, working with others for even greater impact. And we help donors realize their philanthropic goals by matching their interests with community needs and finding innovative ways to make every donation count. Our long-term view of communities gives us the staying power complex issues need.
There are currently 191 Community Foundations of Canada.