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Muskoka's Incredible Race for CFM Postponed

CFM Postpones Muskoka's Incredible Race

August, 2020

At this time The Children's Foundation of Muskoka has decided to postpone our scheduled Muskoka's Incredible Race. The foundation would like to thank Anne Lindsay for her support and look forward to partnering with her next year.

Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support the children of Muskoka.

Message from the Executive Director

July 2020

It looks and feels like summer is full on now with much needed visits to the local beach, dock, or splash pad a vital part of getting through a sweltering day! We hope you’re managing to find ways to stay cool and healthy as a hot summer unfolds.

The Children’s Foundation continues to work hard with our local community partners to ensure that we connect children to the things and supports they need to stay healthy and happy. Thanks to the generous support of the Rizzuto Family and the Toni Lynn Rizzuto Campership Fund, we have children attending or preparing to attend day camps at Great Moose Adventures, Back of Beyond Equine Centre, the Muskoka Discovery Centre, and the Town of Bracebridge Day Camps. Thanks also to Jen Nicholson and the Muskoka Mental Health Network for all they do and the partnerships they create.

Grant applications quadrupled in June for everything from beds to bikes to music lessons to upcoming and resumed sports and recreation opportunities. Needless to say, Covid-19 has made donating to charities a real challenge for residents, cottagers and businesses alike. In order to allow us to continue to support the physical and mental well-being of some of the neediest kids in Muskoka, the Children’s Foundation will be running a couple of much-needed fundraisers this summer including an on-line raffle (with some incredible prizes - thanks to Canadian Tire Huntsville, Sandhill Nursery, TruLOCAL, and SWS Boatworks!) in the month of July as well as co-hosting Muskoka’s Incredible Race in August (crazy Muskoka fun for all ages!). Visit us at for raffle tickets and more information and to register.

We hope you’ll join us in working to support the kids that need us most in Muskoka - especially this summer when so many opportunities to be involved in the things they need to truly make summer feel like summer are not available.

Stay well and take care,

Dave Lyons.

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Soapstones Natural Skin Care Makes Generous $2,500 Donation to the CFM

August 24, 2020

David McLean, owner of Soapstones Natural Skin Care (a Canadian-based natural skincare company) presents Dave Lyons (executive director of the CFM) with a check for $2,500. This incredible donation will go a long way to supporting children in Muskoka during these challenging times.

Thank you Soapstones for helping to promote healthy living in Muskoka!

Watch the winning tickets being selected


  1. Ticket #7 - Lauri Coulson

  2. Ticket #119 - Lori Lippert

  3. Ticket #313 - Val Newlands

20th Annual Children's Foundation Gala

Please join us for an evening of fine dining, dancing and live music all in support of Muskoka's kids. To purchase tickets for our largest fundraiser of the year, click on the 'purchase tickets' button below.

After you have purchased your tickets, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions outlining how to select your table/seats. If you have any difficulties or questions please contact our executive director Dave Lyons at

Our Mission:

To help create an equitable Muskoka where all children have access to the opportunities and supports they need to be happy, healthy, and feel sense of belonging.

The Children's Foundation of Muskoka is an independent, non-profit organization formed in 1989 by volunteers in Muskoka. CFM raises funds in our local community, in partnership with individuals, businesses, and service organizations. We are also a community partner with Canadian Tire's Jump Start Program.

Through our community partnerships, we are able to help children and families in practical ways when no other help is available. We provide funds to meet the recreational, cultural, and emotional needs of the children we serve. Our grants provide children in Muskoka the opportunities to grow and develop.

As a Foundation, we believe:

  • in the creation of a community where equality of opportunity is offered to all children;

  • that we must be proactive in enabling the community to respond to the needs of children;

  • in helping children and families in situations where other resources are not available;

  • that all grant decisions that are made will be based exclusively on the needs of the children involved;

  • that we must encourage the deployment of volunteers and 'Friends of the Foundation' to assist our efforts.