The Foundation exists to improve the lives of Canadian children by supporting organizations devoted to their health and well-being. It raises funds through an annual in-store donation campaign and special stamp release, as well as a year-round employee payroll donation program and local fundraisers. All money is donated to organizations in the province or territory where it was raised.
Since 2012, the Foundation has awarded in excess of $7 million to more than 660 projects, including crisis lines, anti-bullying initiatives and breakfast and literacy programs.
Among the organizations provided assistance this year were:
Mentoring Juniors Kids Organization – $15,600 to provide pedestrian escorts to Toronto school children participating in free fitness programs at a nearby fitness centre.
Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families – $20,000 to the Adapted Bike Program in Calgary will pay to outfit children with disabilities with modified bicycles they can operate.
Patro de Lévis – $7,500 to support an education project designed to address the drop-out rate among children, through homework help and class workshops.
St Andrews Arts Council – $2,500 to purchase xylophones for an elementary school's music program in St. Andrews, New Brunswick
Source: Canada Post