Helping to build happy, healthy kids in Muskoka!

Welcome to our new Executive Director Casey Jacob

December 2021

Message from the Executive Director

Greetings from the CFM! It is hard to believe that 2021 is closing in on its end. What a year it has been as we have all worked our way through the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid has affected everyone in different ways, but there is no doubt that the children have definitely borne the brunt of the fallout. The Foundation has made every effort to support the needs of Muskoka’s kids through these challenging times, and we are happy to report that applications for grants have started to increase throughout the fall months as activities slowly begin to open up again. Hockey, swimming, skating, scouting, music and dance lessons are just a few of the activities that the CFM has funded for children this fall.

Due to Covid, we were unable to hold our November fundraising Gala for the second year in a row. Despite this cancellation, individual donors and community partners have rallied behind us, and we are extremely grateful for the number of donations that the Foundation has received in the past few months. A huge thank you goes out to any and all of you who have sent some of your hard earned dollars our way. Every donation, be it $25 or $25,000 goes a long way toward assisting us in achieving a more equitable Muskoka where all kids can feel a sense of belonging.

The following donors deserve extra special mention at this time for their significant generosity: The Dunkley Charitable Foundation, The Men of Grandview, Tony Rizzuto and Friends, Jack Fleming and Friends, The Muskoka Community Foundation (on behalf of Dara’s Fund) Intact Insurance, Enbridge, Annex Art Collective, and the JTC Heersink Foundation. These generous donors have allowed the CFM to seamlessly continue to deliver grants to the families who need us the most.

We will continue to hope for better days ahead where things can return to some sort of normal for Muskoka kids. Until then, the CFM will do it’s very best to adapt to the changing times that the pandemic is bringing, and to provide creative opportunities for children to thrive.

Wishing you all the best of the season, and the very warmest wishes for a healthy and happy 2022.

Casey Jacob

Latest News

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

Peyton is shown here proudly presenting her donation to Casey Jacob from the CFM along with her grandmother Mary Butt.

9 Year Old Peyton Imrie - Making an Impact on Muskoka's Youth

While many people talk about making a difference, 9 year old Peyton Imrie is making a difference for the children of Muskoka. Peyton, a student at Monck Public School, made and sold "wishlet" bracelets to raise money for the CFM this holiday season. She raised an amazing $1390.00!! This money will be used to help kids her age access programs and have experiences they would not normally be able to.

Peyton, we at the CFM are very thankful for your donation, but are even more impressed by your empathy and the outstanding example you set for all people in our community.

Members of the RE/MAX North group are seen here presenting a cheque for $500 to Dan Gardiner CFM board member.

The CFM would like to thank the professionals at RE/MAX North for their donation. At this time of year many families struggle to balance paying for the rising cost of utilities, Christmas and children's programming. This donation will go a long way to helping kids begin taking skating lessons, continues music lessons or get a new bed that fits them as they continue to grow.

Annex Wendy Nicholson seen here presenting a cheque for $3500 to Jen Smith CFM board member.

Annex Show and Shop donates $3500

The Annex held their annual art show/shop on November 20-21. This was a terrific opportunity to learn about available classes, workshops and purchase amazing pieces from local artists in the area. The Annex generously donated proceeds from their event to the CFM!!

If you are interested in learning more about the Annex click on the visual below.

Casey Jacob, Executive Director of the Children's Foundation of Muskoka gratefully accepts a cheque from the Muskoka Community Foundation, on behalf of the Dara Howell Fund. This generous donation will be directed to supporting girls in sport through grant applications to the CFM. A big thanks to Dara and the Muskoka Community Foundation, and we look forward to continuing to partner with you in the future!

Enbridge Gas Provides Grant of $2000 to the CFM

Enbridge Gas has Fuelling Futures grant available to charities and community groups. Their goal is to work (t)ogether to energize communities through initiatives that strengthen community safety, vibrancy and sustainability. Enbridge is proud to support local priorities that make positive and lasting impacts in our communities."

We are please to use this grant to help support children in Muskoka to follow their passions and improve their community.

Tony Rizzuto pictured here with new CFM board member Julie Medley.

Tony Rizzuto donates over $22,000 to the TLC Campership Fund

Once again Tony Rizzuto and friends have made a large donation to the TLC Campership Fund. This fund was created by the Rizzuto family in 2019 to provide children who may not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to attend summer residential and day camp programs.

In those three years, the TLC Campership Fund has helped send over 140 kids to camp by contributing over $44,000. The CFM is very appreciative of the generosity shown by the Rizzuto family and friends which assists us in providing healthy and active camp opportunities for Muskoka's kids.

What makes this donation even more incredible is that it has happened during the Covid-19 pandemic. While many camps have been closed, the need for opportunities for kids has not disappeared but is in fact now more important than ever.

If you are interested in donating to the Toni Lynn's Campers Campership fund, click on the logo and, when asked which fund you would like to donate to choose the campership fund.

ProActive Rehab: Supporting the CFM for 3 years!

Three years ago, ProActive Rehab (in Huntsville) approached the Children's Foundation of Muskoka looking for a way to support children in Muskoka, just as they support their clients. The amazing team at Proactive has been donating $1 from every assessment to the CFM. Their generosity has directly resulted in kids going to camp, taking dance lessons, the purchasing of beds and so much more.

The CFM board would like to personally thank and recognize ProActive Rehab for being a long time supporter. Knowing that support continues to be there each month, helps us to continue to provide opportunities for many of our most vulnerable children.

Dave Smith, a big supporter of children in Muskoka!!

Local realtor and businessman Dave Smith recently made good on his commitment to donate a portion of his commission to the Children’s Foundation of Muskoka. The property recently sold was one owned by Foundation President, Cheryl Cooper, and Smith wanted to use the sale to highlight how important it is right now to support our local charities.  Smith himself, who is also a Director of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, sees and understands first-hand the annual needs of these charities, which are incredibly important and vital to the Muskoka community, but have struggled to raise funds, given the restrictions of the Covid environment.

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.

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