Our History


Creation of the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area


In 1985, citizens representing the Kingston area gathered at a community visioning session entitled “The Courage to Dream.”  Michael Davies, Eveline Flint, Reg Shadbolt and Wally Viner were among those who presented a proposal for a newborn Kingston Foundation. Fifteen people gave $100 each to kick-start the enterprise.

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.

275 Ontario Street Suite #100
Kingston, ON K7K 2X5
Phone: 613.546.9696
Fax: 613.531.9238
Email: info@cfka.org