About the Children's Foundation

Building Hope and a Brighter Future - A Message from Emma Rogers


Emma Centre

Joining the team and the legacy of the Children’s Foundation has been an incredible honour for me. The Foundation’s role as a key player in the future success of children and youth in our community, with its mission to empower them by connecting families with opportunities to break the cycle of poverty, is needed now more than ever.

As we look to the future, it is important to take time to reflect on our past achievements as community champions for kids. Over the past three decades, our supporters have created a legacy of generosity, care, and dedication, thereby creating opportunities, building skills, and fostering hope for our youth. These efforts have not only helped children flourish, they have also helped build a community where everyone can thrive.

I look forward to the next chapter in the story of the Children’s Foundation, and to building on the legacy of our past. The entire team is eager to continue making a meaningful difference in the lives of the thousands of local children supported by our four programs. With the ongoing support of the community, we will be able to serve the most vulnerable, so that all children are empowered to reach their full potential.

Emma Rogers

Our Vision

A community where every child and youth has the opportunity to participate, learn, and grow to reach their full potential. 

Our Mission

We empower children and youth by connecting families with opportunities to build hope for lifelong change and break the cycle of poverty.

Building Brighter Futures

The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is a local organization helping local families. Life can be challenging when there is barely enough money to cover basic human essentials like housing and proper nutrition. For many families in Guelph and Wellington the reality is that they have 'just barely enough' to look after their basic needs. We also know that for many families in our community, 'just barely enough' seems like a luxury.

Life is also an opportunity. Positive and rewarding experiences during key developmental years in childhood and adolescence can shape a child's future and help break cycles of hardship. Together with our donors, volunteers and community partners we find opportunities in the hard times so that we can help each child grow, explore and unleash their great potential. We invest in children today through our four programs: Adopt-A-Family, Food & Friends, Free to Grow (formerly Free to Play) and Scholarships to build brighter futures tomorrow.

More than 3,000 volunteers work with the Foundation in one way or another. To best serve our community, the CFGW works closely with social service agencies, local municipalities, school boards and other organizations. 

Your support of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is an investment in the health and future of our community, an investment in brighter futures.
In our world, opportunity outshines hardship every time.

Click here to read about the history of the Children's Foundation.


Charitable Registration

The Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is a registered charity (Charitable Registration Number 140543430RR0001

To view our most recent Charity Information Return (T3010) visit our profile on the Canada Revenue Agency's website. 


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