Our Vision

All children and youth have equal opportunity to learn, grow and participate in their community.

Our Mission

We help children and youth reach their full potential through programs that support their intellectual, emotional and physical well-being.



  • Innovation and creative thinking
  • Focus and clarity
  • Humility and service excellence
  • Organizational collaboration and team work
  • Sustainability

Service Principles

We will:
  • Show gratitude for all the support we receive from the community
  • Focus on our long-term financial sustainability
  • Build a team of passionate, collaborative and service-focused staff and volunteers
  • Strive to measure and share the impact of donor giving and our programs


Originally started in 1991 as a way to provide funding for important programs for children not-in-care identified by the Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington, the Foundation reach is currently broader. In 2009, Food and Friends transitioned from being hosted by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to a program of the Children's Foundation, bringing the core programming to four including:

  • Adopt-A-Family
  • Food and Friends
  • Free to Play (formerly the Grants Program)
  • Scholarships 

The Children's Foundation has helped thousands of children re-direct or re-focus their lives by providing financial assistance for sports, arts activities and summer camp; scholarships; memorable Christmas experiences; and breakfast, lunch or snack programs at schools. These children are currently in family situations that limit their ability to access these opportunities. 

More than 1,000 volunteers work with the Children's Foundation in one way or another. To best serve our community, we work closely with social service agencies, local municipalities and other collaborative organizations.