GIVEOakville 2021 has closed.

We are pleased to announce that thanks to Fundholder and Community Support, GIVEOakville raised more than $570,000 for local charities.

Additional funds are still coming via the mail. Stay tuned for final numbers from GIVEOakville which will be available in early January.


GIVEOakville exceeded $760,000 in donations thanks to our community and The Foundation’s matching funds.

GIVEOakville supported requests from 54 charities in what has been an unprecedented year. This level of support is exceptional, and when combined with the support received from the Oakville Resiliency Fund in the Spring, we are so grateful to all of you for these results. Thank you again!

Through the generosity of our Fundholder’s and community support, together we raised a total of $510,545.91! Combined with The Foundation match dollars, we were able to grant over $764,000 to our charity heroes

This is nearly double last year’s support! Every one of our charity heroes received funding.

GIVEOakville Highlights:

  • Nearly 70% of the $1.2 million in funding requests were funded during this campaign, compared to the 39% funded in 2019.
  • 6 charities received between 75-99% of their funding requests and 4 charities received between 50 -74%.
  • 21 charities received full-funding, compared to 9 in 2019.  The following received 100% of their funding request in 2020:
  • Acclaim Health
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton
  • Community Living Oakville
  • Fare Share Food Bank (Oakville) Inc
  • Food4Kids Halton
  • Food For Life Canada
  • Halton Learning Foundation (HLF)
  • Halton Women’s Place
  • HIPPY Halton
  • Home Suite Hope
  • Kerr Street Mission
  • The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children
  • Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
  • Oakville Hospital Foundation
  • Oakville Meals on Wheels
  • Salvation Army Lighthouse Shelter
  • STRIDE (Supported Training and Rehabilitation in Diverse Environments)
  • United Way Halton & Hamilton
  • Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House
  • The Willow Foundation
  • YMCA of Oakville

We wanted to share the breakdown of how funding was allocated. These sectors described in  our Resiliency Report 2020, and demonstrate the distinct demands each and every organization is facing. When considering the sectors, please consider that many charities support more than one of these focus areas.  

Segment % of total funding allocated # of Fully-Funded Charities
Food Insecurity  16% 5
Physical Health 13% 4
Housing & Shelter 23% 3
Mental Health 18% 2
Education and Community Connections 29%  7

Charity Thank-You Messages

There is nothing better than a thank you note! Our charities have certainly shared their thanks with The Foundation, and now we want to share their words with you – donors, Fundholders, volunteers and the community as a whole. They are truly appreciative of what so many have done to ensure their programs and services continue so they may continue to support our community and its residents.

You have helped people living with dementia in Oakville breathe a little easier! Thank you to the Oakville Community Foundation’s incredible Fundholders for supporting the ventilation system upgrades in our new dementia care centre.

Thank you generous donors for giving us the confidence to continue to support our vulnerable young people creatively, physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, educationally and nutritionally.  Through Covid and beyond, there has never been a greater need in history for Arts-based programs – they remain the very foundation of our work; enhancing learned skills, confidence and happiness.

Through the GIVEOakville grant CCAH was able to bring on a staff member for the first time in its 43 year history. This will give us a chance to plan events and liaise with our stakeholders in a strategic way. Prior to that, CCAH volunteers and Board Members were running from project to project trying their best to stay organized and ahead of logistical and scheduling issues. All in all the GIVEOakville grant will allow CCAH to better serve the Oakville community.

Thank you so much for your support that will help us at the Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch provide free phone-based counselling so our friends and neighbours can get the support they need to improve their coping skills, health, and wellness. This accessible service continues to be vital as more and more people talk about the impact of the pandemic on their mental health, and you are helping to change lives each and every day with your support. Thank you so much!

Community Living Oakville gratefully acknowledges our receipt of the GIVEOakville grant. This contribution will provide support to people with a developmental disability; ensuring enhanced safety measures, education and skill development during the COVID 19 pandemic.

The volunteers and clients of Fare Share Food Bank would like to thank The Foundation and its wonderful donor base for continuing to support the less fortunate during this pandemic. The money raised through GIVEOakville will be used to purchase wheeled wire mesh food carts that will replace cardboard food collection bins and facilitate faster and more hygienic movement of food throughout the food bank.

When they say ‘It takes a village’ we certainly have the best village in town!

GIVEOakville has allowed Food4Kids Halton to ensure no child in Oakville goes hungry. The number of children we feed every weekend has increased by 29%, we are grateful for GIVEOakville’s support.

Thank you to all of the amazing GIVEOakville donors, from the Halton Learning Foundation! Thanks to you, 50 HDSB students received nutritious food, warm clothing and other essentials when they needed it most!

We would like to thank the Oakville Community Foundation and their generous Fundholders and donors for choosing to support Home Suite Hope’s Homeward Bound Halton program as part of the GIVEOakville campaign. In 2020 we increased our impact with our largest intake in the organization’s history, bringing in seventeen new participants. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to continue to help so many homeless families during these unprecedented times.

We are so grateful to have been included in your GIVEOakville catalogue. Like many charities, we also have been greatly impacted by the pandemic restrictions that have limited our fundraising abilities and on top of that we have incurred many extra expenses to acquire PPE and extra disinfectant supplies etc.

We are very touched by the tremendous support.

With the help from the Oakville Community Foundation’s GIVEOakville grant, March of Dimes Canada Non-Profit Housing Corporation are able to improve accessibility standards at the Jean and Howard Caine Apartments, our supportive housing facility for people with disabilities in Oakville.

We are so grateful for the GIVEOakville grant which will enable the Oakville & Milton Humane Society to add important infrastructure such as cupboards to store more fresh towels, litter boxes, cleaning supplies and PPE. This grant will also provide two new HEPA air purifiers to create an even safer environment for our community’s children and youth who participate in our educational programs.

We are so very grateful for the support we have received from the Oakville Community Foundation to provide twice a week seniors programs with exercise and social connection time to reduce isolation, increase health, and reduce falls.

Thank you to everyone who supported Oakville Meals on Wheels through the #GIVEOakville campaign! All donations go directly to our meal program, ensuring local residents have access to a hot, nutritious meal if they need one.

On the behalf of the Oakville Suzuki Association, we would like to thank GIVEOakville for it’s support especially given the financial pressure caused by COVID-19. 

GIVEOakville’s initiatives strengthen community charities who, at this time, need all the support that we can get.

Safetynet Children & Youth Charities is grateful for the support provided by the Oakville Community Foundation through the GIVEOakville campaign. We are so thankful to be a part of this incredible community that has rallied around charities like us during the pandemic, ensuring we can be there for families and children when they most need our assistance.

The Salvation Army Halton Lighthouse is appreciative of the support of the GIVEOakville grant, which has enabled us to provide those who are vulnerable within Halton Region a place to stay, meals, and other supports both at our Lighthouse Emergency Shelter as well as through the temporary hotel program.  We thank you for partnering with us through these challenging times.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to help survivors of Sexual assault. Your generous donations support the mission and are changing the lives of those we serve.

Your support and generosity allows these young, pregnant women and precious babies to live with a roof over their heads, hope in their hearts, and a happy story written in their book of life.

As a result of your giving these young moms and babies not only survive but they thrive and return back to the community as successful members.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul- St. Matthew’s annual Angel Tree program was able to brighten the holiday season for our neighbours in need in Glen Abbey. Your generosity contributed to the purchase of grocery gift cards for 149 families, including 175 children, and no family that called for help was turned away.

Our neighbours are so appreciative knowing that the Oakville community cares for them and wishes them well.

I just wanted to say a huge “Thank you!” for your ongoing support. We are so grateful to The Foundation, your Fundholders, and all of the public donors who have believed in and invested in Start2Finish and the most vulnerable children we serve.

STRIDE would like to express our sincere appreciation to all those that supported our GIVEOakville initiative.  We will put together and distribute Stress Survival Kits. Now more than ever, individuals are facing unprecedented challenges and stress in their lives. These kits will be a collection of tools and products to provide individuals with quick relief from their stressors. Thank you for your support.

A big THANK YOU to The Oakville Community Foundation and the GIVEOakville donors and Fundholders for selecting Lighthouse as one of your grant recipients. The generous community support allows us to continue providing much needed peer support groups for grieving children, youth, and their families.

The Oakville Symphony is grateful for the generous donations and grant received through this campaign. Your support is helping us create digital content so that we can continue to engage the community and share our music virtually.

The Tempus Choral Society is thrilled to receive grant money through GIVEOakville. We plan to use it to support our children’s choir, Tempus4Us, with new music and participation incentives and to continue finding ways to practice and perform together virtually.

COVID-19 continues to delay cancer surgeries and reduce people’s ability to receive cancer support during these difficult times. Thanks to the generous donors of the GIVEOakville campaign, Wellspring is still here for individuals and families in crisis today and continues to meet the growing demand for our online programs provided through Well on the Web.

About GIVEOakville

GIVEOakville is The Foundation’s online community granting program for local charitable organizations seeking up to $25,000. Following an open call to charities located in the Halton area and specifically serving and supporting Oakville and its residents, The Foundation’s Fundholders and the public are able to support their charities of choice through an online portal.

The Foundation covers all transaction fees meaning 100% of your donation goes directly to the charities of your choice. Tax receipts are also issues for all donations.


To view charity eligibility and qualifications for GIVEOakville, click here.