Helping Students

For one in five children, some things aren’t possible.

School supplies with an apple sitting on top

A nutritious snack. A new pair of winter boots. A backpack to carry homework. A set of pencil crayons to design a slick rocket ship. Finding hope when a family member is sick. A safe place to sleep at night.

These are just a few things we think all kids should have. They are also just a few of the things one in five kids in Ottawa don’t get.

Click on a link below to find out more about our programs and how we help.



Assistance for families in a time of financial crisis. More >



Investing in educational experiences. More >

icon_glassesBackpacks and Supplies

Donors help put tools for learning in the hands of students. More >

Students We've Helped

Tribute and Memorial Gifts

Recognizing, remembering and thanking. More >

This is as real as it gets.

In the reality of a city with poverty, the working poor, language barriers, and a system grappling with complex social issues, school is for so much more than just learning.

School is a safe haven. It’s stability. It’s the place where children spend most of their day.

School gives children the chance to reach beyond what they’ve been given. The education they receive unlocks the possibility to get somewhere better. But not all students are lucky enough to start their school day with the same foot forward as everyone else. There are kids who are already behind before they even step into the classroom.

With your support, the Education Foundation of Ottawa can provide these things to the more than 15,000 children in our city who live in poverty.

We give students the essentials they need to make anything possible. You can help.

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