The Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa (CAFO), a fundraising arm of The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO), funds programs that inspire and empower children, youth and their families by helping create lifelong memories. CAFO’s goal is to provide all children and youth an equal chance at growing into healthy and successful adults.
The most tangible influence the Foundation makes is with the Dare to Dream Bursary Program. Youth in care do not have any financial assistance, and obtaining support from other resources proves to be difficult. These funds assist youth in pursuing their dream of obtaining a post-secondary education and becoming contributing citizens, not only for themselves, but for the future of our community. Over the last 20 years, more than $1 million has been raised, providing more than 850 youth with bursaries.
At a glance
Year founded: 1988
Geographic region of focus: City of Ottawa
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $579,836
Top funding sources:
- Other charities: 44%
- Individual donations: 37%
- Corporate donations: 5%
- Other: 14%
Annual fundraising priorities:
- Dare to Dream Bursary Program (40-50 youth supported annually)
- CASO Camp for Kids (250-300 children annually)
- Cookie Jar Fund (300 kids annually)
How you can help
The Foundation provides financial support to children, youth and families to increase their chances for the best possible outcome through various programs and funding models.
- Dare to Dream Bursary Program (for tuition fees to attend college, university, vocational/trade school)
- Cookie Jar Fund (for extra-curricular sports activities and basic essential needs)
- Scotia Capital Leap to Learn Fund (for tutoring in math and reading)
- Camp for Kids (for March Break and Summer Camp experiences)
- Ted and Loretta Foster Care Transition Program (a “comfort kit” for children and youth when they first come into care)
- Foster Care Diversity Fund (ensuring that all children and youth in care are supported based on their cultural and religious needs)
Volunteers at The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa play an important role in the care and development of our communities most vulnerable.
Individuals over the age of 18 can contribute to a wide range of services:
- Assist at Foundation fundraising events
- Tutor or mentor children and youth in care
- Child and youth counsellors assistance during family visits
- Preschool staff assistant with children in the Headstart Program
- Drivers ensure children arrive safely and on time for appointments
- Clerical and administrative help
Programming and community outreach
Contact us at (613) 745-1893 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for all our fundraising initiatives.
Each May, CAFO hosts a wine-paired gourmet dinner at Algonquin College’s Restaurant International that is attended by senior business executives to raise funds for bursaries, camps, etc.
CAFO Charity Golf Tournament
Presented by Pinchin Inc. and partnered with the Business Development Bank of Canada each September, our golf tournament raises funds to help create lifelong memories for children and youth.
World Trivia Night
Each November, more than 1,500 people come together in teams of ten at the EY Centre to play live trivia and raise essential funds for children and youth in care. Full details are at: WorldTriviaNight.com
Board members and executives
Robert De Toni
Partner, Merovitz Potechin LLP
Partner and senior vice-president, MNP
Vice-president, engineering, TITUS
Residential mortgage specialist, Oriana Financial
Manager, QA and organizational development, Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
Managing attorney, Clancy P.C. + Brion Raffoul
Vice-president (Canada), National Inventors Hall of Fame
Head coach and founder, Career Joy
Business development manager, Colliers Project Leaders
Project director, major projects, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
Senior manager, corporate marketing, Nanometrics
CEO, Paliwal Leadership Group
Vice-president, cleantech, Business Development Bank of Canada