About Us

Community means so many things to so many people, and the world to us.

In all we do and all we say, we are all for community.

We are The Temiskaming Foundation and community vitality has been our purpose, promise and passion since 1994 when we started connecting donors to community needs and opportunities. Together, we help build strong and resilient places to live, work and play.

Inclusive. Innovative. Forward-looking. Vital. This is our vision for our community.

In our vision, our community is able to include, and offer opportunities to, everyone. It has the knowledge and ability needed to help shape its own future. We are ready to address pressing problems. And all our citizens are able to benefit from the best our community can offer: the arts, recreation, health care, education, safe and inclusive neighbourhoods and a healthy environment.

As a community foundation, we provide three main services to build community vitality:

Our Story

The Tri Town Foundation was established in 1994 when a group of community leaders learned how small communities in the United States were prospering through the work of their community foundations.  The group reasoned that if other communities could benefit through the work of community foundations, why not start one in the Tri Towns.  A local foundation would allow Tri Town residents to donate to the community with the assurance that funds would be directed to where they were most needed, and all donations would remain local.

The founding group consisted of the following individuals: Peter Ramsay, Murray Cooper, Dave Armstrong, George Morissette, Serge Hamel, Roy Carlyle. Florent Heroux, Charles (Chuck) Clark, Mike Imbeau, Judge J. Douglas Bernstein and Gerald Blair.  Today the Board has 13 members and is made up of a cross section of the community.  The Temiskaming Foundation serves the area from Latchford to Englehart.

The original strategic plan set a goal of $250,000 in endowments by the year 2000.  By 2002, there were 22 funds with a total value exceeding $1,000,000.  These same funds provided for over $42,000 to be granted out to the community. Established funds range from those that benefit specific causes, scholarships for graduating high school students, local arts & cultural activities, local food banks, and local hospitals.  Non-designated funds benefit many groups/projects across many sectors of the community.

In July of 2009, the Tri Town Foundation changed its name to The Temiskaming Foundation to more accurately reflect the geographic area it serves.  A new name, a great future and a continuing commitment to serve Temiskaming from Kirkland Lake to Latchford.

The Temiskaming Foundation is a registered charity 888535465RR0001.

Our Objectives

To support social services to advance the welfare of citizens and the alleviation of human suffering and poverty;
To assist and promote the arts and cultural activities;
To advance education through the establishment of scholarship funds and the funding of specific educational endeavors;
To support and advance the provision of medical services through the funding of medical facilities and medical research;
To encourage and support physical fitness and amateur sport; and
To support and advance other community activities or facilities of a charitable nature.

Our Approach

Many organizations are working for better communities, but a few important factors make our approach stand out: