Mel Groom - Making a Difference in Niagara

Mel Groom has been making a difference in her community in so many ways – at the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce, with the United Way of South Niagara and as a board member of the community foundation.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to hear Mel’s story of how she and the Foundation are making a difference. VIEW NOW

The Niagara Community Foundation works with donors wishing to create a legacy to support their community and organizations important to them during their lifetime.  Please call me anytime at (905) 684-8688  ext. 22 or send me an email via to find out more.

Liz Palmieri
Executive Director
Niagara Community Foundation
301-8 Church St., St. Catharines, ON  L2R 3B3
ph: 905-684-8688  ext. 22
Helping good people build smart and caring communities since 2000. 



The Niagara Community Foundation is a public foundation and registered charity established by and for the people of the communities throughout Niagara.  


The Pelham Community Fund exists to support other charities whose work helps make Pelham a vibrant, creative and caring community. The Fund supports initiatives from a broad spectrum of interests, including arts and culture, education, recreation, social services, health and the environment. We have a team of volunteers in place working with donors and charities to locally promote the work of your community fund.

The Pelham Community Fund is one of the family of funds within the Niagara Community Foundation. The first gift to create the fund was a $25,000 donation in 2012 by the Pelham Mayor’s Gala Committee.

Our Mission

The Pelham Community Fund links caring people to their community forever by:

  • Building endowments focusing on Pelham Community’s community needs

  • Granting monies with integrity, sensitivity and creativity

  • Collaborating with the community and individuals to meet the philanthropic goals of the

    donors and the needs of the community

  • Facilitating individual gifts that will have a long term benefit for the community

Local volunteers

Mayor Dave Augustyn, Mel Groom, Ross McFarlane, Carolyn Mullin, Kevin Bolibruck

What makes us unique?

  • We are a vehicle to preserve charitable capital in our community.
  • Everyone can be a philanthropist – all gifts welcome, large and small.
  • There is flexibility in purpose or use of gift, according to donor’s wishes.
  • Staff works with donors to support their charitable interests.
  • The grants from endowments build on what’s working well by helping charities increase their effectiveness in serving community needs.
  • Our investment portfolio is managed by professional counsel with a record of good growth and returns – 4.5% over past 12 years
  • Accredited with Imagine Canada (national standards for charitable organizations)

Grants awarded to support Pelham organizations:

Rotary Club of Fonthill: Bucks for the Band project (instruments for E. L. Crossley Marching Band) Community

Living Welland Pelham (a major tree planting project at local schools)

Pelham Public Library (purchasing large print and audio books to support seniors)