Changing Lives by Supporting Adult Literacy

Changing Lives by Supporting Adult Literacy

Changing Lives by Supporting Adult Literacy

Peter Gzowski began the Peter Gzowski Invitationals (PGIs) in 1986 to raise money for and awareness about the literacy challenges facing the country. Following Peter’s death in 2002, the PGFL, created with an endowment from the federal government, took on responsibility for the PGIs.

The 20th anniversary of Peter’s death along with changes observed in fundraising efforts and the impact of COVID-19 led PGFL’s Board of Directors to discuss how the PGFL could have a different impact on the literacy challenge. As a result, the Board of Directors for the Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy (PGFL) ended the PGIs for Literacy on December 31, 2022.

The Foundation now provides grants to organizations working in the area of literacy.

Peter’s vision lives on through financial support to literacy projects across the country. In 2023, ten grants were made while in 2024,16 grants were provided.

Please go to our grants page for a list of 2024 recipients.

Information about the 2025 grants cycle will be posted early in 2025.

About Us

The Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy (PGFL) is the national body that stewards an endowment dedicated to promoting literacy awareness and supporting adult literacy programming across Canada.

Where it all began

In 1985, while playing on what had been his grandfather’s favorite golf course, award winning Canadian broadcaster and journalist Peter Gzowski an idea…