What is the Give to Grow Campaign?

The Children’s Foundation Free to Grow Program helps hundreds of kids every year get in the game by funding them to participate in sports, the arts, camps, and life-skill activities. And now, Free to Grow also helps youth access mental health counseling and therapies for their well-being.

We’ve got lots to smile about! But the need in our community keeps growing and hundreds of kids are left disappointed when we run out of funds and have to say “No”.

You can make sure that all kids have the chance to play, learn, develop their talents, and grow the skills and confidence they need to reach their full potential by donating to the Give to Grow campaign.

This year more than 500 kids will be on a

waiting list without your help!

Did you know?

46 percent mental health

46% of Canadian parents said they were very or extremely concerned about their children's general mental health.
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Near the end of 2020, our Free to Grow Program began funding mental health counselling and therapy supports for local children and their families.


87% of families reported that their children were spending more time on screens due to COVID-19.
Free to Grow supported 1,531 local children and youth in 2020 by providing funding for many activities, as well as at-home recreation kits.

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More than 200,000 small businesses in Canada could close permanently due to the pandemic.
In 2020, our Free to Grow Program put over $170,000 back into the local economy, giving local organizations and retailers a boost.


Supporting Give to Grow

We believe that all children and youth should be given the same opportunities in life; and by providing them with these experiences we are not only encouraging a healthy lifestyle but also the opportunity for skills and social development, friendships, and community engagement.

The focus for the Give to Grow Campaign is to ensure that all children and youth who apply for Free to Grow and Free to Grow at Home are provided with the funding needed, or a recreational kit to keep them thinking, creating, and moving this summer. 

Supporting the Give to Grow Campaign will not only help support local children but will also help support many local businesses and organizations. Here is a breakdown of the impact that your dollars will have:

  • $500 will help a youth receive crucial 1:1 mental health counseling

  • $250 will help a child develop their creativity by taking music, dance, or art lessons

  • $100 will provide a child with life-saving swim lessons

  • $50 will fill a recreation kit to bring outdoor fun and learning to a child this summer

  • $25 will send a youth to a Home Alone course as a first step towards their independence

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Give to Grow Sponsors

We are thankful for the support of our incredible campaign sponsors.

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