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Launched as a registered Canadian charity in 1998 by the Ottawa Senators NHL franchise owner of the time, Rod Bryden, and governed by a group of dedicated community volunteers ever since, the Foundation took a leadership role, on behalf of the hockey club, for its philanthropic and community investment endeavours.
Throughout its 22-year relationship with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, the Foundation raised millions of dollars in partnership with NHL players and alumni, corporate partners, community event organizers, individuals, and fans of the team.
As a result, $35+ million was granted to hundreds of charities throughout eastern Ontario and western Quebec to support programs that provided opportunities for children and youth to access sport, recreation, healthcare, and educational opportunities.
In the spring of 2020, the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club determined it wanted to take its philanthropic and community granting efforts in a new direction.
The volunteer board of directors of the Foundation, as a result, made the difficult but necessary decision to see its relationship with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club conclude on July 31, 2020, the date in which the Licencing Agreement between the Foundation and Capital Sports & Entertainment Inc. expired.
On October 28, 2020 the Foundation launched operations under its new name of Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation (OGYF) with incredible support and enthusiasm from the community.
Both the staff team and volunteer board of directors is committed to ensuring the 22-year legacy of making a measurable impact in the lives of young people by providing them with game changing opportunities continues for years to come.
Since pivoting to its new name and brand in the fall of 2020, the OGYF has remained nimble, active, and responsive to the needs of young people throughout the region. In the past 12 months the OGYF has donated almost $1.5 million to more than 40 different charities in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
Just this summer, after a successful fundraising campaign, the OGYF funded 18 different summer camp programs enabling 4,129 young people to collectively attend 20,645 days of camp. These camp days provided 144,515 hours of physical, mental, educational, emotional, and social wellness activities – something young people desperately needed after 15 months of increased isolation and loneliness resulting from a variety of COVID-19 restrictions.
After several months of research and community consultations, the volunteer Board of Directors of the OGYF determined that it is in the best interest of the young people it serves, its supporters and stakeholders, and the charitable sector of the National Capital Region, to collaborate with another charitable organization for long term success.
On Sept. 29, 2021, the OGYF announced that it had finalized an agreement through which its cash and in-kind assets will be mobilized and invested within the community through the care of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) Foundation. The partnership with the OSEG Foundation will ensure that the assets the OGYF worked so hard to accumulate over more than two decades, in partnership with community, are used for years to come and as donors intended.
Since its inception in 1998, the OGYF has granted nearly $40 million to more than 300 different charities in an effort to include marginalized young people in activities they might not have experienced because of social and/or financial barriers. Throughout the last decade, the OGYF focused on making an impact in the areas of sport and recreation, youth mental health and addiction and post secondary education.
Ernst & Young Ottawa
Managing Director, Ontario East
Vice President & Market Leader
BMO Private Wealth
President & CEO
Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation
Agency POP INC.
Retired Fundraising &
Retired Assistant Crown Attorney
TOGETHER WE PROVIDED LIFE CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN
AND YOUTH LIVING IN EASTERN ONTARIO AND WESTERN QUEBEC.
THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING 23+ YEARS!