What we do for the community

The Thunder Bay Community Foundation, established in 1971, actively promotes community philanthropy for the long-term benefit of Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. Our goal is to create a more vibrant, healthy and engaged community by building positive, lasting relationships between donors and the worthy causes they support. We’re passionate about our community – we know you are too. With a variety of flexible ways to give we make it easy to realize your philanthropic ambitions and support our community’s well-being, now and for the future.

Our Donors

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Student Scholarships / Bursaries

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Community Grants

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Thank you to our donors and our community for your support.

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Recognizing Donors

Aileen Amanda & Gertrude Lahti Scholarship Fund

Aileen Lahti passed away in 2008 at the age of 97. She was employed by Prudential Insurance Co. of American until her retirement after 38 years of service. Her sister Gertrude Lahti passed away in 2011 at the age of 97. She worked for 31 years for the Grain Commission. The sisters lived all of their lives in Thunder Bay.

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James & Shirley Symington Donor Directed Endowed Family Fund

Jim and Shirley Symington established the Shirley & James Symington Donor Directed Endowed Family Fund Bursary in 2018 with the goal of assisting young people in our community to pursue an education with reduced financial burdens.

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Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Fund

The Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Fund was established in 2006 by their daughter Archdeacon Deborah Kraft. This fund provides awards for people raised on working farms who desire to pursue post-secondary health care or engineering degrees. The fund also provides annual bursaries to Thunder Bay charities.

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Thunder Bay Community Foundation, 101 Syndicate Avenue North, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada