Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa / La Foundation de l’aide à l’enfance d’Ottawa

Children's Aid

This profile originally appeared in the 2018-19 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

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.

Children's Aid
Lual, a formal youth in care who published his first book entitled "From Foster Care to Entrepreneurship" with the help of CAFO donors.

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
    Children's Aid
    A thank-you drawing from Kaleb, who attended summer camp and learned how to swim.


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:

Board members and executives

Children's Aid
Executive director Walter Noble (left), and Chair of board of directors Marion Bailey-Canham

Robert De Toni 
Partner, Merovitz Potechin LLP

John Haralovich
Partner and senior vice-president, MNP

Anna Lynch 
Vice-president, engineering, TITUS

Jacqueline Bushell
Residential mortgage specialist, Oriana Financial

Jayna Carter
Manager, QA and organizational development, Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa

Paula Clancy
Managing attorney, Clancy P.C. + Brion Raffoul

Shelley Jones
Vice-president (Canada), National Inventors Hall of Fame

Alan Kearns
Head coach and founder, Career Joy

Ryan Kelahear
Business development manager, Colliers Project Leaders

Al Mackey
Project director, major projects, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions

Mairi Miller
Senior manager, corporate marketing, Nanometrics

Shail Paliwal
CEO, Paliwal Leadership Group

Susan Rohac
Vice-president, cleantech, Business Development Bank of Canada

Get in touch

1602 Telesat Court
Ottawa Ont.  
K1B 1B1

Twitter: @CAFOttawa
Facebook: CAF Ottawa