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.

Community vitality has been our purpose, promise and passion since 2007 when we started connecting donors to local needs and opportunities. Together, we help build strong and resilient places to live, work and play.

Muskoka Community Foundation’s vision is that Muskoka will include and offer opportunities to everyone, and possess the knowledge and ability needed to shape its future. Muskoka will be able to address pressing issues like hunger, unemployment and housing, and our citizens will benefit from the best our community can offer: the arts, recreation, health care, education, safe and inclusive neighbourhoods and a healthy environment.

Vitality requires long-term resources to create lasting solutions and thrives under strong and innovative leadership.

Muskoka Community Foundation will build our community’s vitality by:

  1. Working with donors to build endowment and other funds that ensure ongoing community health
    and well-being.
  2. Granting to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives throughout Muskoka.
  3. Bringing Muskokans together to stimulate new ideas, build participation and strengthen
    community philanthropy.

Our Objective

To create a smart & caring Muskoka by engaging the community in a forward-thinking, collaborative, and open conversation that respects our diversity, ensures perpetual community health and vitality and is accountable to our stakeholders.

Our Endowment Philosophy

  1. We encourage the creation and support of endowment funds within the charitable sector of
    Muskoka,
  2. We work to increase donations to endowment funds held by all Muskoka charities, and
  3. We avoid active fundraising that competes with other area charities, except fundraising directed to our immediate operating needs, the Muskoka Community Foundation Fund and the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

Directors

Daniel Bradbury
Chair | Huntsville ON
Daniel is President and owner of CREATIVE ONE®, an innovative Muskoka-based web design firm known for its creativity and results for clients. The first recipient of the 2003 Muskoka Business Plan Challenge Award, Daniel has continued to pursue entrepreneurship with passion. He has travelled to over 30 countries and has served with the Muskoka Community Foundation since 2012.
William Fee
Vice-Chair | Bracebridge ON
Born and raised in Montreal, Bill attended Queen’s University at Kingston, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. After graduation, he settled there and eventually worked for Alcan. In 1982 the company transferred him to Muskoka to work in their Foils plant. After the plant closed, he was a partner in a small engineering firm in Bracebridge for several years. He is an avid sailor and enjoys spending summer days on his boat on Georgian Bay. He has had a long association with Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and has taught boating safety courses over the last 30 years. He volunteers at Manna, the local food bank. Bill swims for fitness and has been on the executive of MUSAC, the swim club based in Bracebridge.
Jennifer Tournour
Secretary| Bracebridge ON
Jennifer was born and raised in Thunder Bay and has lived in Muskoka since 2001. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Law from Carleton University.  Jennifer also serves as a Director with Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services along with a variety of other previous volunteer positions in the community. Jennifer is a Social Worker and is passionate about working in the Muskoka community helping others in a variety of ways. She lives with her dog in Bracebridge on the river and enjoys all Muskoka has to offer.
Scott Young
Director | Bracebridge ON
Scott is the Executive Director of Muskoka Conservancy, a land trust that creates nature reserves and inspires caring through outdoor experiences. He has many years experience and success in municipal governance, journalism, and in entrepreneurial and small business environments. Scott’s governance experience includes several senior positions within a two-tier municipality, including Deputy District Chair and Planning and Economic Development Chair at The District Municipality of Muskoka, and Public Works Chair at the Town of Bracebridge. As a journalist, Scott has published hundreds of original news stories, features and cover photography for several weekly titles in central Ontario. Born in Toronto and raised in Mississauga, Scott lives in Bracebridge with his family, and has extended family in Bracebridge, Huntsville, southern Ontario and The Turks and Caicos Islands.
Kim Doughty
Director | Huntsville ON
Kim has been a resident of Huntsville for over 40 years. Along with her husband Claude, she has raised two daughters who are both practicing lawyers in Huntsville. Kim received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and has worked in the social service field supporting vulnerable citizens with mental health and addictions for many years. Recently, she opened a private psychotherapy practice in Huntsville called Simply Rooted Counselling. Kim believes that we all have a moral duty to give back and has volunteered her time with several organizations to give back. Until recently, she was on the board of Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services (six years as a Director and three years as the board chair). Kim is delighted to spend time with her granddaughter Neve and her new puppy Pearl.
Glen Norton
Director | Huntsville ON
Glen is a 4th generation Huntsvillian. After graduating high school, he left to pursue post-secondary education and a career in landscape architecture, then commercial banking. He finished his working career in February of 2020, as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Hamilton. He and his wife Jacqueline now reside on Lake Waseosa. Glen holdsan MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western, and is a CPA/CMA. He is currently the Vice Chair of Amity Goodwill of Hamilton and has served in the past on the local boards of Easter Seals and United Way, as well as numerous corporate boards.
Bob Collins
Bob has lived in Gravenhurst with his wife Joan since moving from Stratford in 2004. With experience in the lumber business Bob opened the Gravenhurst Home Building Centre in 2010. In 2019, he sold the business to his son Stephen and daughter LeeAnne. Bob has been an active community member and a member of the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce for 15 years. He is the past president of the Chamber and currently holds the role of treasurer. Bob is currently the chairman of the selection committee for the Founders Circle and a Gravenhurst Ambassador through the town economic development department. Bob has been active in community and business organizations at the ground and board level throughout several locations in Ontario and Manitoba. He enjoys curling and golf and is looking forward to the return of the social aspect that working and volunteering in the community provides.
Marilyn Jeffrey
Marilyn is a lifelong resident of the Bracebridge area.  She holds the Senior Finance role at both Community Living Huntsville and Community Living South Muskoka.  She has a H.B. Com degree and a CPA/CGA designation. She has been a Director with the Ontario Fencing Association and has participated in a variety of local volunteer positions. She enjoys taking part in programs that benefit area residents and has seen the positive results they can make in a community.
Past Directors
Marg French
Jodi Holder
Ev Doherty
Steve Hayhurst
Robert P. Seagram
Chris Gun-Munro
Evelyn Archibald
Harry Oswin
Eva Zachary
David Sprague
Jane Hunt
Rebecca Paul
Honourary Directors
Steve & Linda Lowden
Founding Directors
These directors have played an important role in our formative years and deserve our sincere appreciation for their valuable advice and service.
Gord Durnan
Tom Steadman
Andrew T.C. Griffith
Joan VanDuzer

Staff

Lynn DeCaro
Executive Director
Lynn was born and raised near Parry Sound and has lived in Muskoka for 20 years. She holds a B.Ed from Nipissing University and a M.A. in Social Justice and Equity Studies from Brock University. Lynn taught as a part-time faculty member at Nipissing University’s Muskoka Campus in the Department of Child and Family Studies. She is an active member in her community volunteering her time in a variety ways.

COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY

Muskoka Community Foundation (MCF) is a steward of community resources, committed to creating a smart and caring Muskoka by acting with integrity, and being accessible, accountable and transparent to all our stakeholders.

Muskoka Community Foundation uses portfolio manager TD Wealth Private Investment to manage our funds overseen by the Foundations Board of Directors
MCF invests its funds with TD Wealth Private who manage them as part of their ever-growing asset pool to multiply the impact of donations received. Responsibility for managing the TD Wealth Private investment portfolio is vested in their Board of Directors under the guidance of their investment committee.

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Investment & Philanthropic Services Fee
MCF charges a percentage fee to cover investment management and administrative expenses, such as costs associated with receipting and grant research. The fee is dependent on the type of fund.

Annual Fees for Endowed Funds: 2%

This fee structure may be revised by the Foundation from time to time. If you have questions about the Foundation, or would like more information about our fees, governance or policy, please contact us.

Annual Fees for Flow-Through Funds: 2.50%
This fee structure may be revised by the Foundation from time to time. If you have questions about the Foundation, or would like more information about our fees, governance or policy, please contact us.