Types of Funds

With Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation’s endowment funds, the principal or capital is invested and the investment income flows back to local charities in perpetuity. We are like a savings account for the community.

We offer 7 different Types of Funds, and additional donor services. This allows great flexibility to tailor a Fund to your interests or level of involvement. Please contact us at 519-637-8230 for more detailed information on any of these Funds or services.

1. Community Fund/Unrestricted

Grants from the Community Fund prioritize the following 5 areas: Environment, Arts and Culture, Education, Social Services, and Recreation.

2. Field of Interest Funds

Provide support for a general area (such as Youth or Wildlife) without limitations to a specific organization or beneficiary. These funds do not require donor participation in developing grant criteria or allocating grant.

Active Living Scholarship Fund. Established by the OhiOntario International Friendship Games Association to support post secondary education in the area of physical activity.

3. Donor Designated Funds

Support a particular area of interest, agency, organization, or charitable activity (a scholarship, for example) as named/selected by the donor at the time of the gift.

  • Howard and Alice Williams Fund– guided by direction provided in their estate, this fund has a focus on Education.
  • St. Thomas-Elgin Tourist Association Scholarship Fund awards annual scholarships for second year post secondary school education in a travel and tourism related area of study.


4. Agency Funds

Established by charitable organizations as permanent funds to ensure an ongoing source of support for their programs and operations.

  • YWCA of St. Thomas Elgin Endowment Fund
  • Elgin Children’s Foundation Endowment Fund
  • YMCA of St. Thomas Elgin Endowment Fund
  • Pearce Williams United Church Christian Centre Fund
  • Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation Endowment Fund


5. Donor Advised Funds

Donor advisors develop grant criteria and direct the distribution of income from their fund.

  • #IVEGOTYOURBACK911 Endowment Fund  Supports charities with a focus on first responders’ mental health.
  • Bud and Melba Marr Fund – Supports regional and local charities with a focus on health care, community and youth.
  • Colchester Fund – An anonymous family fund supporting local and regional charities.
  • Costello Music and Storytelling Scholarship Fund – Established by Mickey and Gerry Costello, this Fund celebrates talented music and storytelling performers from Elgin County through scholarship awards.
  • Dennis Redman Memorial Scholarship Fund – Supports post secondary education in firefighting and emergency services.
  • ELGIN CFDC- Helen LeFrank Scholarship Fund – Provides an annual scholarship to recognize youth interested in a career in business and/or entrepreneurial disciplines.
  • Jaden Wood Memorial Fund – A family fund to celebrate Jaden’s life with a student scholarship, and / or a grant to support sick children in Elgin / Middlesex .
  • Janet and Marion Morgan Environmental Fund – Supports environmental, animal welfare and wildlife protection agencies.
  • Jean Macdougall Endowment Fund – Supports projects and initiatives that were close to Jean Macdougall’s heart, celebrating and encouraging women in politics.
  • Jean and Fred Biehl Fund – Established by Jean and Nancy Biehl to support environmental and animal welfare protection agencies.
  • Jim O’Grady Legacy Fund– Established in memory of Jim O’Grady and his love of sports to support registration and equipment for children who would otherwise not be able to participate in sporting activities due to lack of funds.
  • Joanne Brooks Community Fund – A family fund in memory of former mayor Joanne Brooks, this fund supports local charities and projects that reflect her concern for others, and passion for community values.
  • June Evangeline Anne Horton Fund– Established in memory of June Horton (nee Ernest), a War Bride with wide-ranging interests in reading, gardening, nature, animals and ballet, the Fund will grant in the areas of animal welfare, kidney disease and ballet and possibly other charities.
  • Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas Fund – Promoting healthy living and active lifestyles for children.
  • Kohler Family Community Fund – A family fund which supports local charities and projects that reflect family values, and provide scholarships for post secondary education.
  • Marg and Harold Carroll Fund – Supports local and regional charities and projects.
  • McGregor Morris Fund– A family fund dedicated to supporting Art in Public Places.
  • Nancy, Jim and David Douglas Fund – A family fund established to support specific charities, including The Salvation Army, Pickering College, St. Thomas Christmas Care, St. Thomas Public Library (audio books), St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation (children’s needs) and the Children’s Hospital.
  • Parks and Recreation/Pinafore Endowment Fund -is committed to maintaining the St. Thomas Parks and Recreation heritage for generations and will contribute to capital projects and improvements to our Parks, Recreation or Trails infrastructure.
  • Sweetgrass Fund– A family fund established by Bob McCaig and Janet Taylor to support local charities and projects that help to build community.
  • Thomas C. Fox Fund – A family fund established by Tom Fox with proceeds to Elgin County charities.
  • Turnberry Fund – A family fund established by Sine and William Herold in support of local and regional charities .

In addition to Endowment Funds, the Elgin-St. Thomas Community Foundation provides additional services to our community and to donors.

6. Managed Funds

Funds entrusted by other charitable organizations to the Foundation for investment management only.

  • Elgin County Railway Museum Managed Fund – Established by the Elgin County Railway Museum to support their restoration plan which includes replacement of the building’s 52,000 square foot, century-old roof.
  • St. Thomas Elevated Park Project Fund – Established by On Track and the Corporation of the City of St. Thomas to support the purchase and stabilization of the Michigan Central Railroad Kettle Creek Bridge and associated properties.


7. Flow-Through Funds

Flow-Through donations are usually granted in the same fiscal year as they are received. Though funds are not endowed, ESCF is happy to provide administrative services, and charitable receipting.

  • Elgin Welcome Fund – Support for local charities providing resettlement services and support for Syrian refugees in Elgin County.
  • 100 People Who Care Grant Fund – The goal is 100 local people donating $110 each. Donors hear presentations from short-listed charities all in one evening and then vote to determine which project most deserves the pooled fund of +-10,000.