About Us

 Beginnings

The Napanee District Charitable Foundation (NDCF) came in to being with an establishing donation of $100.000 gifted from the estate of Edgar Creighton Hogarth.

Mr. Hogarth, a prominent local businessman and community leader, operated Hogarth's Book and China shop in downtown Napanee until his death on April 14, 1962.

No ordinary book and gift store, the business location at 16 Dundas Street East (where Elena's Café is located today) was the textbooks supply center for all of Lennox and Addington's primary and secondary schools.

In January, 1987, the donation was deposited in the Royal Bank of Canada by sons and estate executors, Murray and Don Hogarth to become a perpetual commemoration of their father and the Hogarth family.

Patterned on the Hamilton Foundation (formed in the 1950's), our new foundation was officially created with issuance of its Letters Patent by the provincial Ministry of Commercial Relations on Tuesday, December 8, 1987.

The Town of Napanee (population: about 5,000 at the time) became one of the very few small Ontario towns to be home to its own community foundation.