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The Centre Wellington Community Foundation (CWCF) is a public, charitable foundation created for and by the people of Centre Wellington. Our mission is to strengthen the Centre Wellington community by helping donors to achieve their giving goals, and by helping local non-profit organizations find resources to support their important work. We welcome your donation. All amounts, small or large, increase our ability to improve our local community of Centre Wellington.



2016 Mini-Grant RecipientsThere was a great turnout last night at Wellington County Museum when we revealed the 8 wonderful community projects receiving a Mini-Grant from four of our funds. It was particularly poignant to hear each of the projects tell a story of their impact in the community and how they enrich all our lives.

 We began with an update on the last year’s activities for CWCF, including our Vital Conversations follow on to last year’s Vital Signs report and an update on the other grants that the Foundation has issued.

Check out our presentation for more details:


Yes, We're Hiring!To help us better engage our community and grow our activities, we are seeking an exceptional individual to be our first Community Foundation Coordinator.

Applications are now closed.

Stay tuned as we announce our new team member shortly.


John Black School Ukelele Players

Ukelele Program at John Black School

Here is a great chance to learn more about your community foundation and to learn about the successful 2016 Mini Grants. Building on some great community projects we have funded since 2012, this year prioritized issue areas identified in the 2015 Centre Wellington Vital Signs report. Please join us:

Thursday May 12, 2016  at  7:00 pm
Nicholas Keith Room,
Wellington County Museum and Archives

Meet and mingle, followed by an update on mini-grants, our progress and Vital Signs.

Please RSVP to info@cwcfoundation.ca


CWCF $5000 Cheque to The Grand 101We are excited to announce that at The Grand 101 Gala on Saturday February 13, 2016 at Elora Community Centre, that CWCF supported the ircritical emergency messaging project with $5000 coming from Kate and Margot Fund and Middlebrook Community Fund. More details are in the press release.


We join communities across Canada to launch our first ever Vital Signs report specifically for Centre Wellington. The report was launched to a full room at Aboyne Hall where we challenged our community to start the dialogue. Click on the photo for more information and the report.

Centre Wellington Vital Signs 2015 Covert


Jason and Athol Toasting Success

Jason Thompson and Athol love to engage community in some very creative fundraising events that definitely move the needle: Click here to read their story. Thanks for your creativity and passion for community.


New-Elora-Green-Space-dedicated-Aug-9-2012-15698Thermometer2-130x300Through a wonderful community collaboration, the Elora Green Space has transformed the historic heart of Elora. Generous in-kind and cash contributions by many organizations and individuals have left us with a mere $15,000 left to raise, representing about 5% of the overall project cost puts us on the home stretch.

We are counting on the committed generosity of our community to together raise that $15,000 by year end. Now in March, over $8000 has been raised to pay off the Green Space. Together we can get this paid off:


  • Via cheque at Elora Information Centre, 9 East Mill, Elora, where the staff has donation forms,
  • Click the above links to donate online via CanadaHelps, or
  • Use the cash jars found at several Elora BIA merchants (no receipts possible)

CWCF Community Gathering 10 June 2014At our June Annual Community Gathering, we revealed the community projects receiving 2014 Mini Grants. Click here for a detailed  information on our successful mini-grant applicants.

That evening, there was also an engaging panel of various community leaders exploring various aspects of our community – what it can be and what is still needed.

A previous mini-grant recipient, Stephanie Lines-Toohill so engagingly described the community interconnections and overall impact of her Tutu in You – Elora Monster Month Parade initiative in support of Centre Wellington Foodbank.

Running a fundraising event? Perhaps you are looking for a good way to support charitable works right here in our community. We have prepared a THIRD PARTY FUNDRAISING TOOLKIT so you can support great community projects via your Community Foundation. More details here.

Tivoli Films video interview with Katherine Dennis, the first ever winner of the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators at Elora Centre for the Arts. The prize was funded by Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund at CWCF:

We celebrate the life and community giving of the late Rhoda Lipton, a founding Board member of CWCF and also creator of our first Donor Advised Fund. She has been an inspiration to all of us. Read her story here.