Grimsby Community Fund
Chair: Don Stewart
Members: Patrick Brabant, Gary Evans, Allan Goddard, Victoria Hunter, Monika Patterson, Andrea Piche, Amanda Pyper, Sarah Sweeney and Kurt Whitnall
The Grimsby Community Fund, spearheaded by Grimsby resident and Foundation director Alan Goddard, was launched in January 2014 at a reception hosted by Peninsula Ridge Winery. Since joining the Foundation board Alan wanted to find a way that residents of Grimsby could create a legacy that would serve his community long into the future. In 2013 he approached Mayor Bentley with the idea to create the fund. The Mayor was aware of the success of this type of fund in other municipalities across Niagara and wanted to provide local residents with an opportunity to create something similar in Grimsby. The initial donors to the fund included Grimsby Power Inc., Niagara Power Inc., Mayor Bentley and Alderman Wilson.
In 2019, over $130,000 was granted to charities within Grimsby through donor directed grants, as well as through the Niagara Community Foundation's granting programs. Charities providing programs and services in Grimsby that have received support from the Foundation include but are not limited to: Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School, Big Brothers Big Sisters – Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln; Community Living – Grimsby, Lincoln & West Lincoln, Grimsby Secondary School, Grimsby Affordable Housing Partnership, Grimsby Benevolent Fund, Grimsby Conservation Club, Grimsby Historical Society, Grimsby Museum, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby Public Library, Town of Grimsby (summer camp bursaries), The FORT, McNally House Hospice, Niagara Land Trust, Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers and others.
There are a number of ways to get involved with the Grimsby Fund.
- Attend an event: The Grimsby Fund's signature event, Finest @ the Forty, welcomes new members. If you would like to be added to our invitation list, email Suzanne, our NCF Staff.
- Join the Grimsby Fund Committee: Meeting every 4-6 weeks, the Grimsby Fund Committee welcomes new members from the Grimsby community to join. The primary responsibilities of the Committee include raising the profile of the local community fund, as well as helping to grow the fund through events, networking and referrals. To find out more, email Suzanne.
- Become a Fund Holder: The Foundation works with donors wanting to create permanent legacies to support causes important to the donors during their lifetime. Donors can setup a family fund within the Grimsby Community Fund for as little as $5000. Donations can be made at any time, in any amount and through any means and once a family fund is created gifts can be made in honour of retirements, births, deaths, anniversaries and other special occasions. Donors are also able to name the Foundation, and more specifically, the Grimsby Community Fund, to receive a bequest through a will. To find out more about becoming a fund holder click here.
We are pleased to have the support of our local media in spreading the good news about the Grimsby Fund. Please click on the links below to learn more about our work in the community.
- October 2019- Niagara Community Foundation grants $130K toward Grimsby charities
- October 2019- Thanks to Grimsby Fund, free movies at Grimsby Museum
- May 2019- Giving in Grimsby, One Grant at a Time
- January 2019- Local charities win with Grimsby Community Fund
- October 2017 - Town gives $35K boost to Grimsby Community Fund
Finest @ the Forty is a Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) event for philanthropic leaders in the Grimsby community. Under the direction of the Grimsby Fund committee, the Finest @ the Forty event is an exclusive event that happens throughout the year. Launched in 2018, 40 at the Forty has been a sought after event for members to join as it provides philanthropists with an easy way to give back to their local community through a charitable donation of $100, while enjoying a casual evening of wine, friendship and philanthropy.
Here are a few photos from our past events.