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Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Around the World Gala!

August 23, 2017 —   The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s (CFGW) biggest annual celebration, the Around the World Gala, honours loyal supporters and highlights the impact the community has made in changing the lives and brightening the futures of local children. “We are so privileged and so grateful for the support of our community; we know we could not do this without...

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The Oaktree Project Votes Are In

August 16, 2017 —   Thanks to your help, we won the first round of the 2017 Oaktree Project with an amazing 294 Votes! Nominations came in many forms and we recieved so many heartfelt stories and testimonials that have inspired us in the work we do. We wanted to share a few of these special nominations below with you. You can read all...

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Welcome to New Children's Foundation Board Members

August 15, 2017 — At our recent Annual General Meeting, we were pleased to welcome two new members to the Children's Foundation Board of Directors:     Tara Vernest became a mom in 2014 and at that time became increasingly passionate about supporting families, leading her to become a donor to Adopt-A-Family. Her areas of expertise are Marketing and Business Development, extending over ten years in...

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SOAR Leaps to New Heights

June 20, 2017 — June 2nd and 3rd, twenty teams of two competed in the fourteenth annual Southern Ontario Amazing Race. The event, a 3rd party fundraiser organized primarily by a team of volunteers, raises funds to help lessen the impact of poverty on local children and empower them for a brighter future. Teams raised money, prior to the race to earn benefits that...

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You impacted 20,197 children in 2016 - Thank you!

June 2, 2017 — The unprecedented demand 2016 brought to our Free to Play and Adopt-A-Family programs made for a challenging year. Although we could not reach everyone, we were able to help more children than ever before. Thanks to you, $1.94 millon was invested in bettering the lives of local children. As we reflect on 2016 and prepare for 2017, we see the...

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Got Duck?

May 17, 2017 — On July 1st, for the past 27 years, the Rotary Club of Guelph-Wellington ducks have floated down the mighty Speed River; a highlight of Canada Day that celebrates our great country and raises money for local charities. The 2016 Rotary Day Celebrations saw over 5,000 people attend the Canada Day event and enjoy dozens of family friendly activities. Equally important,...

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Alliance Roofing Provides 2017 Future Fund Scholarship

May 15, 2017 —   Alliance Roofing is ensuring that one graduating student in our community will have the chance to attend post-secondary education by providing financial support for the 2017 Future Fund Scholarship for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. Future Fund Scholarships are provided to each high school in Guelph and Wellington every school year. The scholarship is awarded to an...

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Canada Summer Jobs Opportunity

May 5, 2017 — We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to help with the planning, implementation and communications for the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s summer fundraising and outreach activities. The Events & Marketing Assistant is a 9 week summer opportunity funded through Canada Summer Jobs. Visit our Employment Opportunities page for the full job posting.

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Student nutrition programs raise over $80,000 to help local kids live free from hunger

May 1, 2017 — The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s Food & Friends Program supports 107 student nutrition programs in Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph. Student nutrition programs offer children and youth nutritious food through breakfast, morning meal, lunch and snack programs in a safe and convenient environment to ensure they have the energy they need to focus on their school work. With the...

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We are Hiring!

April 28, 2017 — We are seeking an administrative professional looking to make a difference in the lives of children by ensuring the efficient day-to-day delivery of our Free to Play (FTP) Program.  FTP gives children a chance to participate in recreational activities that they couldn’t otherwise afford. As the Program Assistant, you will report to the Program Director and ensure financial assistance applications...

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Thank You Volunteers, We Couldn't do it Without You!

April 18, 2017 —     Dear Children's Foundation Volunteers, I sit in awe as I look back on 2016 and all the ways you have supported us over this past year. Thank you hardly seems enough… We have been so fortunate to have you! For some people volunteering is about giving, but for the volunteers of the Children’s Foundation it is a way...

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2017 Around the World Gala takes "A Walk Through Canada"

April 18, 2017 — The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s largest annual fundraiser, the Around the World Gala, is a spirited celebration and a call to action. Through the invaluable support of honoured corporate sponsors and dedicated, loyal donors, the event celebrates the Foundation’s vision that all children and youth have equal opportunity to learn, grow and participate in their community. The Around...

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We are Inviting Applications for our Board of Directors

April 12, 2017 — Join us and work with other passionate individuals that are committed to helping all children reach their full potential. The Board of Directors provides governance, represents the Foundation in our community and accepts ultimate legal authority for the organization.  The Board works collaboratively with the Executive Director to achieve organizational goals set forth in the strategic plan.   Board Director...

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Remembering Mary Carlin

April 1, 2017 — Yesterday we said goodbye to a truly unique and special friend, Mary Carlin. Mary began volunteering with Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) in 1988 as a parent aid where she worked with parents, primarily single mothers, to help with their children. Her non-judgmental and kind one-on-one approach helped her connect with and help many at-risk families and children. While volunteering...

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Early Bird Golf Registration Now Open!

March 21, 2017 —   Join us for the 22nd annual Fore Our Kids Golf Tournament on Tuesday, May 16th! Practice your summer swing at our “early bird” tournament while your competition gets rusty after a long winter off. The tournament is held at Victoria Park East Golf Club.  Registration fees cover 18 holes of golf with a cart, a hot lunch and seated dinner,...

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We Need Your Feedback - Help Guide Our Next Three Years

March 16, 2017 — Thank you for being such a valuable member of our CFGW community! We need your feedback! CFGW is building a blueprint for 2017-2020 to ensure we can continue serving and meeting the needs of children and their families while sustaining and growing our ability to do so. As a vital part of this process, the CFGW Board of Directors would like to...

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You can help bring brighter futures to kids in Guelph and Wellington County

March 15, 2017 —   The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s Food & Friends Program hosted the Wellington County Live Free celebration breakfast at Elora Public School last Wednesday. This breakfast helped kick-off the Help Kids Live Free from Hunger Campaign that raises much needed funds and awareness for our local schools’ student nutrition programs.  Approximately 600 students and their families, staff and...

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Apply before January 31 to be Part of an Amazing Race

January 26, 2017 — Mike Prost, a competitor from the 2016 Southern Ontario Amazing Race has been selected to race in 2017 as part of an early bird application period. Mike reflected on his past race and encourages new racers to apply. “It’s fun. It’s exciting! Absolutely, 100% apply. Don’t think twice. Give it all you’ve got and big things will come.” Eleven team...

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City-wide Trees for Tots raises over $52,000 for local kids

January 9, 2017 — The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s 5th annual Trees for Tots raised a record-breaking $52,444 this Saturday, January 7. The increase in funds raised will help the Foundation address the gap between the thousands of children living in low-income situations that it is currently unable to support. All funds raised go directly into funding the Foundation’s four programs for...

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You Made 2016 Brighter

December 30, 2016 — You did it! We knew 2016 was going to be great. But, it was even brighter than we thought. Watch this video to find out how:   Help us keep 2017 bright by making a year end donation or sign up to be a monthly donor and support local children all year long.  Thank you for everything you did to...

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Coins 4 Kids Family Skating Event - New Year's Day

December 19, 2016 — Join us for the 9th Annual Coins for Kids - a family public skating and hockey event hosted by Reynard Wealth Management and RBC Dominion Securities.  

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Children's Foundation Named One of Canada's Top Children's Charities by Financial Post Magazine

December 12, 2016 — The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington has been included on the Financial Post’s annual Charities of the Year List. This year’s list “The Top Children’s Charities Worth Your Money” features 23 charities from across Canada and includes primarily national charities. To build the list, the Financial Post scrutinized 740 children’s charities that raise more than $100,000 annually. The ratings...

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Registration is Now Open for the 5th Annual Children’s Foundation Trees for Tots

December 12, 2016 — It's Trees for Tots time! Trees for Tots is a donation-for-service model which provides residents with the much-needed service of Christmas tree pick-up and helps generate vital funds for our programs that support local children. It is truly a win-win model, bringing together many community partners to achieve the massive undertaking of picking-up close to 3,000 trees from City residents...

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Help! More Holiday Heroes Urgently Needed

November 24, 2016 —   The demand for the Children’s Foundation Adopt-A-Family Program has increased this year with over 920 families already referred to the program by social workers and more referrals coming in every day. Unfortunately this increase in demand is challenging to meet and currently there are about 200 families still waiting to be “adopted” this year. “Sometimes we can't control life's plot...

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Adopt-A-Family Makes Suzy and Michael Feel Special and Cared For

October 28, 2016 — Story by Emily Jones Stepping outside into that cool, crisp air, we all know it’s coming. Soon enough, if not already, we’ll be thinking about making a list of whom we need to shop for this year. Week by week, we’ll be getting closer to that moment. The moment we get to see the smiles on the faces of our...

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Inspiration 2016, Thursday November 3rd.

September 23, 2016 —   Inspiration is a magical family event celebrating the arts and the Guelph-Wellington community! All proceeds from Inspiration go to the Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington Free to Play Program. Beyond serving as a fundraiser for the CFGW Free To Play Program, Inspiration is also an opportunity to acknowledge meaningful contributions to the arts in Guelph and surrounding areas. Each year, the Inspiration committee selects one...

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3 Ways You Can Help Food & Friends for Back to School

September 9, 2016 — We know life is busy right now with back to school, so we will be quick!   It’s important that our Food & Friends programs begin operating as soon as possible to ensure that we are bringing healthy food to hungry minds – even during the first week of school. We want to ensure students can concentrate in class, feel...

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Inspiring Kids. Inspired Futures.

August 23, 2016 — We hope you’ve had a chance to see our Inspiring Kids. Inspired Futures publication. This joint project with the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Energize Guelph is a beautiful publication highlighting the importance of recreation. We all know it’s fun to play soccer, go to camp or take music lessons – but it’s also much more than fun. It helps...

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Welcome to our New Staff and Board Members

June 15, 2016 — At our recent Annual General Meeting, we were pleased to welcome four new Board Members. Linda Bream - Registered Psychologist, Norfolk Psychological Services Justine Gaskell – Senior Manager, RLB LLP Paul Hammond - Vice President, Human Resources, Electrical Safety Authority Luc Joye - Partner, Collins Barrow Wellington-Dufferin District Jan Craig has completed her two year term as Chair of the Board...

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The Musagetes Fund is Fostering Children's Creative Potential

June 13, 2016 — Thanks to a grant from the Musagetes Fund, a donor advised fund within the Guelph Community Foundation, more children in our community had the opportunity to explore what they are most passionate about including pottery, drawing lessons, music, dance, acting and improv. The lessons, funded through the Children’s Foundation Free to Play Program and taught by inspiring local instructors, fostered...

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Givesome is Bringing Healthy Smoothies to Westwood

June 10, 2016 — We are really excited about a local start up - Givesome which is helping people see the good they are are doing when they make a donation. They recently donated $770 from one of their kick off events to do some good locally. We are excited to put this money to work next week to bring more fruits and vegetables...

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Thanks for 25 Great Years!

May 26, 2016 — May 24th not only marks a royal birthday; this year it marked the 25th birthday of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington.  To reflect and celebrate, teams of the Foundation’s Sunshine Squad toured around Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin to visit over 70 community members and organizations that have been involved with and supported the Foundation over the past 25...

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25 Years Young & Still Growing

April 26, 2016 — A Historical Timeline of the Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington 1987 Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County (F&CS) launched the Children’s Fund Campaign to raise funds for programs that helped create a healthy childhood for children they worked with. Two funds helped achieve this. The Stephen Promoli Memorial Fund, which was established in 1976 as a...

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What Your Donations Are Doing in 2016

January 26, 2016 —   Our community was exceptionally generous in 2015. You made last year a life-changing year for so many children and for that we thank you! With more children on the path to wellness and success, does this mean our work is done? Unfortunately, it does not.  Until there are no children in our community who go hungry, who are feeling...

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10 Awesome Things 2015

January 1, 2016 — Carrie learned what she likes. This year she played soccer with the support of the Children’s Foundation Free to Play Program. She even scored a goal. However, when asked if she would play again, she says "I would but I love to dance and sing and act.” Follow your passions Carrie! Kirsten is following her dream to become a veterinarian...

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Gala Addresses Immediate Food & Friends Needs

December 16, 2015 — Thanks to the generous support of our community at our Around the World Gala, we were able to meet some immediate needs for eight Food and Friends student nutrition programs. Through a process of budget submission, eight student nutrition programs determined that additional funding would either increase the days of operation or enrich the offerings of the program.  Below are...

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