What We Do
The Burns Memorial Fund trustees form a joint board to govern a private charitable foundation (The Children’s Fund) and two non-profit trusts (the Police Fund and the Fire Fund). Burns Memorial Fund provides educational grants for the children of police officers and firefighters, offers financial assistance to meet the health, education and recreation needs of children living in low-income situations and supports registered charities focused on low-income children.
In 2015, over 4,700 children benefited from our assistance during a difficult time of increased need. Our charitable foundation, the Children’s Fund, helped low-income children and youth receive the essential supports and services they require to lead healthier, successful, and fulfilling lives. We also funded a variety of community organizations helping children and youth enhance important life skills.
- 16 grants were made to charitable organizations. At least 4,100 children and youth were helped through these programs.
- 11 community agencies partnered with us to meet the health, education and recreation needs of 201 children.
- 75 at-risk students received monthly living allowances so they could stay in school. 9 students in financial need received post-secondary scholarships.
- 37 children were assisted with orthodontic or oral health treatment costs.
Through the Police Fund and the Fire Fund, we continue to honour Senator Patrick Burns’ respect for police officers and firefighters by awarding post-secondary scholarships and special needs grants. At the Burns Memorial Fund, we are proud to uphold Senator Burns’ vision of a city where children and youth flourish.
- 237 post-secondary scholarships and 12 special needs grants were awarded to the children of police officers.
- 117 post-secondary scholarships and 4 special needs grants were awarded to the children of firefighters.
2015 was another year of staggering growth for the Burns Memorial Fund. Participation in our High School Bursary program increased 23%. Grants for emergency dental care rose over 50%. During this year, we were also proud to launch the Collaborative Funders’ Table, in partnership with other forward-thinking community funders. Together, we distributed over $200,000 for out-of-school programs for vulnerable youth.