Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa

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Help us alleviate the effects of poverty on students in the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

students in OCSB schools

of these students live in poverty

Did you know 1 in 5 children in Ottawa live in poverty? We’re a registered charity dedicated to supporting the students and families who need it most.

Make a difference in a child’s life this year

For many families in the Ottawa Catholic School Board, 2020 was a very difficult year. From September 2020 to April of 2021, families from 83 OCSB schools accessed $179,380 in emergency response funds from the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO). These crucial funds helped put food on the table, keep the lights and the heat on in their homes, purchase eyeglasses for their children, and a myriad of other necessities. Today, we’re inviting parents in our community who can join us in our 2021 campaign to make 2021 a better year, filled with hope.

Leave a lasting legacy

Remembering CEFO in your will can impact children for years to come. You can also request donations from your loved ones (in lieu of flowers) to be directed to CEFO. Your gift will live on forever through the lives you will change.

The children who benefit from CEFO are often in need of the most basic things that many take for granted. A donation in any amount can put food on a table, clothe a child in the winter, or help a family get out of a dangerous situation.  

We recognize the need and aim to meet the challenge

Children struggling with poverty at home have a difficult time succeeding in school. They are also at a greater risk for long-term health problems. Children living below the poverty line are more likely to live in problem neighbourhoods. They are more likely to suffer from medical conditions and ailments. Many are not getting the nutrition they need to face each day of learning.

Over 15,000 children in Ottawa visit a food bank at least once a month. Our Foundation strives to offer help to the children in our schools who need it most. By helping provide the basic necessities of life – like food, shelter, and clothing – we can give them a better chance for success. We can help change their future for the better. We can help provide them with what they need to get through the day. 

Our mission

The Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO) is a registered charity whose objective is to counter the effects of poverty on Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) students. We are an independent charitable arm of the OCSB.

All of our proceeds are directed to educational programs, recreational activities, and emergency response funds for impoverished children and their families. 

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