Smart & Caring Community Funds

Through a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Stratford Perth Community Foundation has developed a three year plan to create regional Smart & Caring Community Funds throughout our six geographies. You will see the Community Foundation become more involved in Stratford, St. Marys and Perth County by engaging each municipality in building their own Community Fund to sustain a vibrant non-profit sector in their own community. This plan truly embodies the “give where you live” philosophy.

In 2015, our Smart & Caring Communities rollout started with North Perth and Stratford. In 2016 we are beginning our work with Perth South and St. Marys. Perth East and West Perth will launch their Smart & Caring Community Funds in 2017.

The donations raised in each community with stay in that community. That means, once created, each Smart & Caring Community Fund will benefit the community that built it, now and forever.

For more information on Smart & Caring Community Funds, please contact Drea at or 519-271-1503

Help Build a Smart & Caring Nation, One Community at a Time.
There are many ways you can leave an impact in the community you call home. Below are a few options.

  1. Donate Now to the Stratford Smart & Caring Community Fund North Perth Smart & Caring Community Fund, St. Marys Smart & Caring Community Fund or the Perth South Smart & Caring Community Fund.
  2. Create a campaign to rally your friends, co-workers and community around a Smart & Caring Community Fund that will be here for your community, forever.
  3. Leave your legacy with your community by naming the a Smart & Caring Community Fund in your will.

All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt. Contact Drea for more details on how you can make the most of your contribution.

Stratford Perth Caring Communities

The Stratford Perth Community Foundation is one of the over 191 Community Foundations across Canada dedicated to facilitating philanthropy at the local level. This video shares the story of just a few of Perth County’s caring citizens committed to strengthening community vitality through philanthropy — now and for generations to come.

Smart & Caring Communities

As patron of Community Foundations of Canada, the Governor General of Canada has asked community foundations to join his call to all Canadians to build a ‘smart and caring nation’ leading up to 2017. His vision inspired and motivated our movement and Smart & Caring Communities is our response.

“Join me in imagining our country as it could be…a smart and caring nation, where all Canadians can succeed, contribute, and develop their talents to their fullest potential.”
Governor General of Canada, David Johnston

Smart & Caring Communities is a landmark effort that brings our movement together around two goals: first, to ensure that every community has access to a community foundation by 2017 and second, that communities across the country have access to dedicated resources through Smart & Caring Community Funds established specifically to respond to local priorities.


The Stratford Perth Community Foundation enriches the lives of people in Perth County by providing support to charitable organizations through grants made possible by responsible stewardship of endowment funds.

This initiative is made possible by a generous grant provided by

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