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CFM Summer Raffle Has Now Ended...Winners To Be Announced Shortly

June, 2021

Message from the Executive Director

Hello everyone,

Summertime is nearly here and with it, the promise of participating in some of our favourite summer activities, visits to local beaches, outdoor dining and a closer return to 'normal'. We hope you and your family have stayed well throughout the lockdown.

Due to the great success of our first 2 on-line fundraising raffles, the CFM is offering our summer 2021 raffle beginning this week. Covid continues to play a significant role in charitable organization's abilities to adequately fundraise for the needs in the community. So we once again turn to you, our supportive friends and partners, to help us through this time period in order that we continue to be fully able to take care of the kids that need us most in Muskoka.

Please click on the links to see a full explanation of our 5 wonderful prizes donated to us by our much-valued partners at SWS Boatworks, Wilderness Tours Raft and Kayak, Canadian Tire Gravenhurst, Muskoka Surf and Turf, Muskoka Discovery Centre, and local artist, Nancy Watt.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of the CFM! Good luck in the raffle and thanks for being there for us and for the kids of Muskoka!

All the best for a great summer,

Dave Lyons.


The CFM is excited to announce our new partnership with All Star Coffee. By drinking your morning cup of coffee you can support a local business and support children in Muskoka. All coffee is roasted fresh here in Muskoka.

For every bag of premium coffee purchased the CFM will receive $7 to support our local youth. Click below to purchase your coffee today or learn more about All Star Coffee and how they are support several charities in the Muskoka area.


Please note – spaces are limited this summer due to Covid restrictions. Please contact the camp you would like your child to attend to ensure there are openings prior to applying to the CFM for funding. Apply early!

Click on the green button or flyer below to complete an application today.

Latest News

Click here to read stories of people with big hearts supporting Muskoka's kids.

A New Partnership is born with the Live Like Len Foundation!

The Children’s Foundation of Muskoka (CFM) is so pleased and proud to announce a wonderful new partnership with the Live Like Len Foundation. The Foundation was established by Len’s wife, Anissa, whose purpose is to raise funds for individuals who ‘Live Like Len’. Len Elphick was an educator, an outdoorsman, an optimist, a loving husband and brother, and a friend to many around the world. Sadly, the world lost Len in 2015 at the age of 48 after losing his battle with cancer. We at the Children’s Foundation are so pleased to now call Len a friend of the CFM.

Through Anissa and the Live Like Len Foundation, the CFM has established a Live Like Len Fund. The fund will support kids in Muskoka living in poverty to live happy, healthy lives and who embody the spirit and passion in outdoor pursuits that would have made Len proud. We at the CFM are so pleased and grateful to be able to offer these opportunities to Muskoka kids. Further details to follow.

National Bank Altamira Foundation Donates $1000 to the CFM!

Franceska Downes, of the National Bank in Gravenhurst, is seen here presenting the CFM with a $1,000 donation. During this time of physical distancing and community shutdowns, it is critical to meet the needs of all Muskoka's youth. Thank you National Bank for helping us help kids!

Camp Is For Everyone

Check out this great piece published by Hunters Bay Radio. Thank you for helping get the word out.

OR listen to the interview with CFM Executive Director Dave Lyons

Click on the image to learn more about this TLDSB initiative.

CFM proud to donate $1,270 to TLDSB Feed ALL 4 Fund in honour of Deborah Niemi

Director of Education Wes Hahn welcomed the Children’s Foundation of Muskoka Executive Director Dave Lyons and President Cheryl Cooper, recognizing the good work that takes place for students and their families in the District of Muskoka. Cooper shared her history with the foundation and the growth of impact in the Muskoka area since the Children’s Foundation’s inception several years ago. The Foundation relies on community donations to provide funding based on unique needs of children. This support varies from arts or sports fees to car seats, strollers, cribs, to camp attendance, clothing, bikes, and even beds. A $1,270 contribution to the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) Feed All Four Fund will be made in honour of Deborah Niemi, a former teacher in the Board. Lyons told trustees that the TLDSB Feed All Four Fund is a demonstration of deep care and compassion for children, something that would have resonated for Deborah. The Children’s Foundation of Muskoka is grateful for the assistance TLDSB is providing to families in need.

The CFM is excited to announce a huge contribution from the Rizzuto Family & a new partnership with the Men of Grandview

Rizzuto Family

Carter Willan and Tony Rizzuto present a cheque for $35,200 to the Children's Foundation of Muskoka at the Muskoka Bay Resort.

Men of Grandview

Cheryl Cooper and Dave Lyons of the Children's Foundation of Muskoka accept a cheque from Paul Guimond and the Men of Grandview for $10,000 to start a fund within the CFM to support the well-being of kids in Huntsville

The CFM offers post secondary funding through the generosity of the Onaway Pond Foundation.

For more information and an application, click on the button below.

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.

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.

The Children’s Foundation of Muskoka (CFM) does not assume any liability from the use of this website or from any of the information that has been provided to you. Each activity, camp, or service has its own potential hazards, which need to be evaluated by the parent or legal guardian for each child. The information about providers and services contained on this website does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the CFM. By using the information, you recognize the foregoing and you agree to hold us harmless from any liability resulting from the use of this information. We make no express or implied representations or warranties of any kind with respect to any of the content, programs, services or information offered on the website.