When children and youth grow up in care, they face steeper obstacles on their way to building a brighter future. Without essential supports, they are more likely to drop out of school, face incarceration, experience mental health issues, suffer from addictions or find themselves homeless.

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Teddy Bear Fund responds to the immediate needs that exist for kids and families involved in child welfare in Toronto, removing barriers and providing greater access to opportunities so that they might thrive. The Teddy Bear Fund is an essential source of funding that allows front-line social workers at Toronto’s Children’s Aid Society – North America’s largest board governed child welfare agency – to respond to the most urgent needs of our city’s most vulnerable populations of children and youth, while also giving them the ability to strengthen families and those they serve.

Since 2016, more than 29,000 children, youth and families were directly impacted by programs funded through the Teddy Bear Fund, supported entirely by private donations.

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$1.25 M granted
1,160 kids went to camp
1,810 families given support
254 dads received support
96 youth received care packages

Your support of the Teddy Bear Fund is transforming the lives of our community’s most vulnerable kids.

Thank you to our exceptional Teddy Bear Fund Founding Donors who have committed $100,000+ to the Teddy Bear Fund:

Annual Commitments
Daniel & Kathryn Barclay
Lynn & Brent Belzberg
Bill Butt & Susan Quigley
The K. Michael Edwards Family
Donald Guloien & Irene Boychuk
Pruyn & Kelly Haskins
Fred & Donna Leslie
Dougal & Barbara Macdonald
In Memory of Pinkle Sturgeon

Endowed / Named Funds
Bill Bamber & Leigh Merlo
Eric Bélanger & Marie Claude Prud’homme
Richard (Dick) & Darleen Falconer
Bradley Black & Michelle Ferraro
Eric Blanchard & Olivia Holland
Sheila Block
Michael Bowick & Joanne Peters
Maureen & Victor Dodig
Linda & Robert Goldberger
Lynn Factor & Sheldon Inwentash
Christina Kramer
Vineet & Trish Malhotra
John & Gillian McArthur
Rory & Julie Mitz
John & Michelle Ovens
Grant & Mona Rasmussen

Cookie & Stephen Sandler
Frances Forrester

Eric Bélanger, Chair
Atif Ayub
Vineet Malhotra
Rory Mitz
Grant Rasmussen

Dates for tours in 2020 to be announced.

There are many ways you can help:

A gift of cash or securities

Remembering the Teddy Bear Fund in your Will

Making a gift in honour of a loved one or a special occasion

Establishing a named Teddy Bear Endowment Fund

For more information, contact Jane Durno, Director, Special Projects at (416) 923-0924 or jdurno@cafdn.org.

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