News & Events

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Nov 06, 2018

Foundation announces over $1.2 million of innovative grants that will create community-wide change

On Wednesday, November 7th, London Community Foundation unveiled over $1.2 million in grants and honoured local leaders for their dedication to the...
Oct 09, 2018

Affordable housing, poverty and employment highlighted as key issues facing Londoners in 2018 Vital Signs report

On October 10, 2018 at Design House London, London Community Foundation (LCF) launched Vital Signs – a bi-annual check-in on the state of our...
Aug 29, 2018

Dream It, Be It – Empowering young female newcomers

It’s a little bit different than your average day –program. With last year’s program participants leading the charge as Ambassadors this year, Dream...
Jul 24, 2018

Two more outstanding youth recognized with the Rainbow Youth Leadership Bursary!

London Community Foundation is thrilled and proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Rainbow Youth Leadership Bursary, granted from the...
Jul 03, 2018

Robert & Moira Sansom Ideas Foundation: where philanthropy unites passion, the environment and research

A professor, a farmer, an environmentalist, a father, an uncle and a husband.  Theodore Robert Sansom (Bob) grew up during World War II. He...
Jun 11, 2018

Diane Y. Stewart Tribute

A ‘Woman of Excellence’ in 1995, for her work in Health, Science and Technology. Our Board Chair from 1994-5.  A donor. A fundholder. A friend.
Jun 04, 2018

How one wheelchair makes an impact - a March of Dimes story

It started with a simple request – to be able to move. That’s it. While the freedom to walk and get around is a basic ability that many of us take...
May 16, 2018

The David A. & Eleanor E. Morrison Charitable Fund

Honouring the memory of his beloved wife, Eleanor, and forever supporting the needs of our community have become a multigenerational family legacy...
Apr 25, 2018

Social Impact Fund- Where we came from

A challenge from our previous Governor General, based on a recommendation from the Federal Government’s National Advisory Board, recommended that all...
Jan 30, 2017

Remembering Dale Creighton

"Good players inspire themselves. Great players inspire others." - Unknown 
Jan 04, 2017

The Fairy Godmother Fund: Remembering Diann Vail

Diann Vail was the epitome of an unsung hero. Giving back quietly in the community, she was the type of woman who always put others before herself,...
Jul 21, 2016

Scholarship Fund Helps Physically Challenged Students Reach Their Potential

Anonymous acts of philanthropy can sometimes be the most powerful. Providing scholarships to students with disabilities through her donor designated...
Jul 20, 2016

An Unsung Community Hero: East Village Animal Hospital

For many individuals, pets are valued members of the family. Offering companionship, warmth and security, pets can have a profound impact on our day-...
Jul 06, 2016

The Matthew Pieszchala Family Foundation

Giving back is something that’s been part of Kathleen Pieszchala’s value system since she was a young girl. The daughter of a poor Polish immigrant...
Jun 28, 2016

ALS and a Philanthropic Heart: Michael Halls' Story

It was 1997 when Michael Halls was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Still quite young, with a family and successful business, Mike...
May 30, 2016

David and Ann McColl Lindsay Fund

Community vitality is the unique spirit that flourishes when people believe their community holds possibilities for everyone. 
May 25, 2016

Finding the Capacity to Give

Tom and Sue Allan both grew up in families where giving back was encouraged.  Although their capacity was limited, each family gave what they...
May 04, 2016

Lorraine Ivey Shuttleworth: The Journey from Donor to Legacy

The Ivey family have deep roots in the London region, with a strong philanthropic presence.  With a vast giving history to a diverse range of...
May 03, 2016

Leaving a Legacy: Sandy Fetterly & Michelle Hall

Londoners Sandy Fetterly and Michelle Hall diligently make annual contributions to the charities that they hold most dear to their hearts. With a...
Jul 24, 2018

Two more outstanding youth recognized with the Rainbow Youth Leadership Bursary!

London Community Foundation is thrilled and proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Rainbow Youth Leadership Bursary, granted from the...
Jun 04, 2018

How one wheelchair makes an impact - a March of Dimes story

It started with a simple request – to be able to move. That’s it. While the freedom to walk and get around is a basic ability that many of us take...
Mar 05, 2018

A momentous year: L'Arche London elevates belonging and inclusivity with the Gathering Place

From Celebrating Canada’s 150th with Doors Open to celebrating 20 years in the community with sugar maple trees and a brand new Gathering Place, L’...
Feb 02, 2018

Affordable housing meets community

A well-loved restaurant in the city of London will soon be looking at new neighbours. Across the road from Morrissey House is 356 Dundas. For years...
Nov 24, 2017

2017 J. Allyn Taylor Community Service Award

The J. Allyn Taylor Community Service Award is presented to a student who exhibits outstanding service to, and is actively involved in leadership...
Nov 22, 2017

Collaborative launches satellite mental health crisis counselling on local campuses

As identified in the Foundation’s 2016 Vital Signs report, mental health is the single greatest issue facing our community. In particular, there has...
Nov 16, 2017

Centre at the Forks Indigenous Legacies Project creates a 'living legacy' for First Nations communities

As we celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary, Canadians across the nation are paying tribute to Indigenous Peoples who came before us – their...
Nov 13, 2017

Adapting Housing First to the Emergency Shelter Context

The reality is, emergency shelters do not tackle the root issues of homelessness. By providing a bed and meals, they are just simply keeping people...
Oct 18, 2017

Pathways Project Breaks Down Barriers to Transportation for First Nations Community

For the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, transportation is a critical barrier to improving the quality of life for members of the community. Due...
Sep 21, 2017

2016 J. Allyn Taylor Community Service Award: Congrats to...

The J. Allyn Taylor Community Service Award recognizes students who exhibit outstanding service and are actively involved in their community. The...
May 08, 2013

London Community Foundation Welcomes the Governor General to Inspire Smart & Caring Philanthropy

(London, ON)- London Community Foundation to host a visit from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, as he...
Apr 02, 2013

London Community Foundation Launches Social Loan Fund

Affordable housing is one of the most critical needs we face in London. That’s why affordable housing is the first priority of the Loan Fund: London...
Feb 04, 2013

London Heritage Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

(London ON) - On behalf of The City of London, London Community Foundation is now accepting applications to the London Endowment for Heritage Grant...
Nov 01, 2012

Community Vitality Grant Recipients Announced

(London ON) - London Community Foundation is pleased today to announce 5 local charitable organizations receiving 2012 community vitality grants....
Oct 02, 2012

Vital Signs 2012 to launch October 2nd

Community foundations in 14 communities across Canada, including London Ontario, released Vital Signs reports on Tuesday, October 2. Read headlines...
Jul 05, 2012

Nominations now open for 2012 Ivey Award for Environmental Excellence

(London ON) London Community Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Ivey Award for Environmental...
Apr 05, 2012

Grants Now Available for Professional Development Purposes

Vital People Grant Program Opens London Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2012 Vital People Grant Program is now seeking...
Mar 20, 2012

2011 return of 1.1% will provide a steady income for community granting in 2012

Despite a difficult year in the global markets, 2011 was a time of growth for London Community Foundation.  2011 has proven to be challenging...
Feb 29, 2012

Now Open: London Endowment for Heritage Grant Program

On behalf of The City of London, London Community Foundation is now accepting applications to the London Endowment for Heritage Grant Program. Up to...
Jan 16, 2012

Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School and Lord Dorchester Secondary School receive inaugural Vital Schools grants

The vitality and well-being of our city relies on individuals who take initiative, make a contribution and demonstrate leadership. Age is not a...
Dec 16, 2013

Help Salthaven Take Wing!

Striving to rehabilitate sick or injured animals back to health, Salthaven Wildlife and Rehabilitation Centre is nothing short of amazing in the...
Dec 09, 2013

ReForesting the Forest City with the Million Tree Challenge

Due to urban an agricultural development over the past century, the majority of London’s original wetlands and forests have been drained or cleared...
Oct 25, 2013

City Art Centre: Finding Strength Through Artistic Expression

For those facing mental health challenges, artistic expression can be integral to well-being. A safe place to be true to oneself, for many, art can...
Oct 24, 2013

Growing Chefs! Inspiring a love for food

Growing Chefs is changing the way we think about food in London, Ontario. Based on the idea that education can change behaviour, Growing Chefs...
Sep 05, 2013

London Arts Council's Artists in Residence Program Puts Local Artists in the Classroom

Arts have always been an integral part of London’s culture. Thanks to funding from the Beryl Ivey Endowment for the Arts, the London Artists in...
Aug 15, 2013

Literacy London: Uplifting Lives Through Literacy Training

With the decline of the manufacturing industry in London we are seeing increasing rates of unemployment and skill mismatch. As a result, more adults...
Jul 11, 2013

Jeannette's Story of Strength

Life can change in an instant. For better or for worse, we may find ourselves in situations that we would have never dreamed of. Jeannette Lester, a...
Jun 17, 2013

Building Skills and Confidence: Getting Started with the Red Antiquities Building

In today’s labour market it can be very difficult to find meaningful work, especially for youth aged 15-24. The biggest challenge can be overcoming...
Apr 12, 2013

Closing the Gap Between Rich & Poor

Like elsewhere in Ontario, London continues to experience increasing income inequality. London has a higher proportion of residents below the low-...
Jun 29, 2012

Smart & Caring Community

"...Join me in imagining our country as it could be... a smart and caring nation, where all Canadians can succeed, contribute, and develop their...
Mar 25, 2019

Say Yes to London's Future; Say Yes to the River

Is the Thames a great river? A grand river (pun intended)? For me, the river is an amazing natural treasure. I have walked its shores in quiet...
Mar 22, 2019

Back to the River: City Discussion Deferred to April 8th

Dear London Community Foundation Stakeholders, LCF has requested that the discussion on Back to the River be deferred from the City's March 25th...
Mar 18, 2019

Reflecting on Belonging

“Belonging” is both difficult to define and difficult to measure. It’s something you feel rather than observe.
Mar 18, 2019

Help us connect you to donors with our Funding Needs Registry!

Part of our role as a community foundation is to curate an understanding of community needs, but it can be challenging to connect donors to projects...