Children's Aid Foundation of Ottawa

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Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa (CAFO) is dedicated to enriching the lives of children, youth, and families supported by The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO). The generous support of business executives in Ottawa helps inspire children and youth supported by CASO to become who they dream to be.

The support of donors has never been more important. Covid-19 has created additional stress for families supported by CASO. Many parents continue to struggle to keep their children engaged in school and active at home while working hard to provide for their families.

Youth are finding it more challenging to pay for the education they need to pursue their professional goals. Ottawa youth supported by CASO can access the Dare to Dream Bursary which helps them develop the knowledge and skills needed to pursue the careers they want.

Over the past 20 years, more than $2-million has been raised to provided nearly 1,000 bursaries to youth in care.

At a glance:

Year founded: 1988

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,488,373

Twitter: @CAFOttawa

Facebook: /CAFOttawa

Instagram: @CAFOttawa

Top funding sources:

  • Individual donations: 62%
  • Granting Foundations/Other Charities: 23%
  • Corporate donations: 15%

Geographic region of focus: City of Ottawa

How you can help

Give

Donations and sponsorships to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa provide much needed support to ensure a safe home for families. The Covid-19 pandemic provided perspective into which areas need more support. We continue to adapt available programs based on these growing needs.

Dare to Dream Bursary: Helps current and former youth in care access a post-secondary education by providing funds towards tuition fees to attend college, university, vocational, or trade school.

Camp for Kids: Camps give children the opportunity to make connections with new friends, their culture, and their community. Some of these connections are lost when families are focusing on overcoming issues like mental health challenges, addictions, and poverty. Camp for Kids provides children in Ottawa the opportunity to create positive memories and lasting friendships.

A child's drawing of a person swimming. On it is written, "I had a lot of fun at swim camp!"
A thank-you drawing from Kaleb, who attended summer camp and learned how to swim.​​​​​

Cookie Jar: Many families supported by The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa face complex challenges and have difficulty affording essential items to provide a safe environment for their children. The Cookie Jar provides children with items like a clean bed to sleep in, a new stroller to travel in, or the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities. 

G.P.S. Connect: Youth transitioning out of foster care are partnered with a mentor in the youth’s life. Their mentor guides the youth through a nerve-wracking and difficult time in their life as they learn about independent living, healthy lifestyles, financial literacy, education, employment, and mental health and well-being.

Events and fundraising

Salut!

Each May, the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa hosts a wine-paired gourmet dinner at Algonquin College’s Restaurant International that is attended by over 100 senior business executives to raise funds for bursaries, camps, etc. During the Covid-19 pandemic, guests had their meals and wine delivered to their homes to experience the first ever Salut! at Home.

Golf tournament

The annual golf tournament is held each September where more than 100 business executives across Ottawa join forces to raise funds to help children and youth supported by The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa.

World trivia night

1,500 people come together at the EY Centre each November to play live trivia and raise essential funds for children and youth in Ottawa. For the past two years, players were quizzed safely from their homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Full details at WorldTriviaNight.com.

Board members and executives


Walter Noble

Executive Director

Rob De Toni

Chair of Board of Directors

Anna Lynch

Vice-Chair

Vice-President, Analytics

GHGSat Inc.

John P. Haralovich

Treasurer

Partner & Senior Vice-President

MNP LLP

Shail Paliwal

Secretary

Co-Founder & CEO

3Leaf

Michael Beaucage

Director of Sales and Marketing

Design Filtration Microzone Inc.

Laura-Lee Brenneman

Director, Growth & Transition Capital

Business Development Bank of Canada

Darlene H. Carreau

Chief Administrator

Courts Administration Service

Government of Canada

Jayna Carter

Ex Officio*

Manager, QA & Organizational Development

Children's Aid Society of Ottawa

Jim Carty

Real Estate Broker

Zinati Realty

Carole Chouinard

Partner

Gowling WLG

Dan Fallon

Consultant

Employment and Social Development Canada

Philip Lapin

Partner

Smart & Bigger

Jessica Robson

Manager, Cash Management

TD Commercial Banking

Mairi Thomson

Director of Marketing

Relogix


Fundraising priorities

  • Dare to Dream Bursary
  • (40-50 youth supported annually)
  • Camp for Kids (200 children annually)
  • Cookie Jar (300 children annually)
  • G.P.S. Connect (20 youth annually)

Get in touch

1602 Telesat Court

Ottawa, ON

K1B 1B1

www.HelpOttawaKids.ca

foundation@cafott.ca

613-745-1893