building community through investments, leadership, and philanthropy

Our Mission

The mission of Durham Community Foundation is to provide the citizens of Durham Region, the opportunity to make financial gifts that are invested, the returns of which support the unique needs of our community and their individual interests while creating a lasting legacy that keeps on giving to charities in Durham Region.

We promise to:

  • attract and effectively grow endowment funds
  • help donors, charitable agencies and municipalities fulfill philanthropic interests
  • connect philanthropy to a diverse range of community needs and opportunities with grants.

We are committed to maintaining high standards of efficiency and accountability, with a low cost of administration, as responsible stewards of community resources.

Our Vision

Creating a legacy for the future.

Our Approach

Many organizations are working for better communities, but a few important factors make our approach stand out:

We bring donors to the table as community builders

We help them formulate and realize their philanthropic goals, matching their interests and concerns with community needs and organizations. We help them find innovative and responsible ways to give their investments lasting impact.

We take the broadest view of what a community is and what it needs to succeed

That’s why our grants support everything from shelter, sustenance and care for those most in need, to recreation, the arts, and the environment.

We take the long-term view for our communities

We identify long-term needs and opportunities and invest in sustainable solutions, helping our communities become resilient, resourceful, and ready for the future they want.