To donate to our Pandemic Response Fund via cheque or credit card, please contact Lori Heron at: lheron@burlingtonfoundation.org or 905 639-0744 ext. 1

Granting Through Our Covid-19 Pandemic Response Fund

Since mid-March, Burlington Foundation has been closely following the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our community. Seeing the rapidly evolving nature of the situation, the Foundation launched a multi-phase Pandemic Response Fund granting program March 31 so we could continue to respond to changing community needs through our support of registered charities serving Burlington.

Thanks to the generosity of our caring donors, to date, through three phases of our Pandemic Response Fund granting, we have funded over $307,000 to 37 charities serving those in need.

Today, with the second wave of Covid-19 striking communities and driving incredible demand for emergency relief, the Foundation is continuing to monitor community closely and is committed to bringing vital, rapid support to our charities and those they serve.

With the need for many charities’ services on the rise, a great deal of charities are experiencing financial devastation from the pandemic. In September, Imagine Canada shared that our charitable sector is expected to suffer a loss that could reach upwards of $15 billion in revenues this year. And, perhaps even more striking, it’s anticipated that one-third of charities are not anticipated to survive.

As this challenging year comes to a close, we are pleased to have approximately $150,000 in remaining Burlington Foundation Pandemic Response Funds for a further granting initiative early 2021.

Never has the support of community been more important than right now. Please considering giving what you can – 100% of your gift supports our charities working locally.

Together, We’re Making an Impact

Here are just a few highlights of how our donors’ gifts are helping our charities & our community


On March 31, we launched our Pandemic Response Fund with financial resources brought forward by the Foundation and a generous $25,000 gift from Pioneer Energy, for a commitment of $100,000. On April 19, the Paletta family announced a major gift commitment to our Pandemic Response Fund of $250,000. Subsequently, through a number of generous gifts from fundholders and donors, we added additional funds for a balance of over $453,000 (balance before grants distributed). These funds have been supporting community-based response efforts and today, as we’ve been learning more about the impact on our community, we’re further supporting the efforts of our charitable partners so they can continue with their important mission-based work.

Our heartfelt thanks to several local donors as well as the following Burlington Foundation fundholders for their generous gifts to our response fund: The Paletta Family, Pioneer Energy, Randy & Denise Reeve Family Fund, Milne Family Foundation Fund, Pieczonka Family Foundation Fund, Dalton Timmis Group Fund, LKH Spirit Fund, BDO Burlington Community Fund, and the Ralph and Susan Sgro Family Fund.


To donate to our Pandemic Response Fund via cheque or credit card, please contact Lori Heron at: lheron@burlingtonfoundation.org or 905 639-0744 ext. 1

Our Granting Program

Through Phase 1 and 2 granting, funds were provided to local charitable agencies on the front-line that are serving high need, vulnerable people and families including those experiencing challenges with food insecurity, isolated seniors, childcare support, disability, mental health and safe housing.

Phase 3 focused on supporting our charitable agencies in the Arts, Heritage and Environment sectors with funding provided for program related initiatives or operations.

If you’d like to learn more about our most recent granting round, Phase 3, please click the following:

Announcements & In the News

April 12, 2020 – Click to hear Burlington Foundation’s President and CEO Colleen Mulholland speak with CHML’s Ted Michaels, updating community on critical challenges local charities are experiencing, need for emergency support and help for agencies through our Pandemic Response Fund.

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