Creation of the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area
A dedicated group of volunteers then formed the Martello Tower Society of Kingston, designed to sponsor and encourage projects which fostered pride in our community. Members paid $100 and pledged another $1,000. Through donations and sales of a poster entitled “Doors of Kingston” the endowment fund grew to approximately $65,000 and about $35,000 was distributed to the community.
In 1995, the group decided to incorporate as The Community Foundation of Greater Kingston, bringing the community foundation concept, then flourishing throughout North America, to our area.
The name was changed to the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area in 2008 to better reflect the full geographic area we serve. However, the logo maintains the image of the Martello Tower in recognition of our history and the importance of a strong foundation.
Starting with endowment funds of $65,000 at incorporation, the Foundation now manages $18.5 million in assets. To date, we have granted over $10 million, including over $2 million to over 320 local charities through our Community Grants program.