Leadership donations

Lead the way!

Leadership gifts give more kids affected by childhood cancer the chance to experience the fun, hope and friendship of camp. Your gift ensures all Ooch programs are provided at no cost to Campers and their families.

Reasons to give

Cancer changes a kid’s life, but so does camp. Right now, 1,600 kids and families affected by childhood cancer across Ontario experience the magic of camp each year.

We need your help to reach our annual fundraising goal of $7 million so that we can bring camp programming – the social cure for cancer – to the 79% of kids affected by childhood cancer in Ontario that don’t have access. We’ve got big plans.

Learn more about how your donation supports Campers and families.

Your donations at work
Camper with IV unit being pushed in paper canoe through the hospital

"[I give] to you because it's a cause that is close to my heart."

— Mike Baldassarra

Read Mike's story

Our vision & priorities:

1. Create new communities across Ontario

We have always been more than an overnight camp. Our dream is to expand to meet more families, wherever they are in their cancer journey – and in more places across the province.

Whether kids are in trees or in treatment, we need your help to bring the life-changing programs closer to home. New in 2020 are virtual programs.

Two campers smiling and holding hands in event space of Ooch Downtown

2. Deepen our support for families

Cancer shatters a family. That’s why our in-hospital and community programs let families interact in ways that aren’t just about treatment. This approach to fun and care is just one of the ways that makes us so special.

We want to provide more programming so that we can support, heal, and comfort more parents and siblings of kids with cancer. New in 2020 are virtual programs.

Camper in Ninja Turtle costume hugging parent in gym with other campers and parents

3. Bring more Campers to Overnight Camp

Thanks to our donor community, and our recent merger, we’ve increased the capacity of our overnight camps to accommodate our community.

Now that our capacity has grown, we need ongoing funds so that our programs can grow with it. We need to help more Campers experience the childhood joys that were interrupted by cancer.

Even COVID-19 can’t stop camp! New in 2020 are virtual summer camp programs. This opportunity will require new investments. With your support, we must ensure that not a single child or family, misses out on the camp experience.

Camper walking through pool noodle tunnel with other campers following

Camp was probably the first place where I didn’t feel so different anymore. I was surrounded by people just like me having a great time and laughing, and it made me feel comfortable enough to just be myself and not the “kid with cancer".

— Larissa, Ooch Camper

Read Larissa's story

Where your donations go

Your generous donation will go toward allowing us to host more programs, more often, and expand our programs province-wide. We plan to extend our reach to more Ontario families by:

We plan to extend our reach to more Ontario families by:

  • Bringing in-hospital programming to specialized paediatric cancer centres in the province
  • Offering 30 new community programs closer to home and across Ontario
  • Launching 5 new week-long day camps for Campers and siblings
  • Doubling our support for families through bereavement and palliative programs
  • Recruiting and training 180 additional volunteers to support program expansions

$10,000

brings Summer Day Camp fun and friendship to five 4-7 years olds

$40,000

gives a "booster-shot" of the Magic of Ooch to over 50 kids with a Weekend at Camp at Ooch Muskoka

$200,000

ensures Ooch Campers receive the medical care they need while at Ooch programs

Become a leadership donor today

To learn more about leadership giving and take action, give us a call or write us an email. Our staff will work closely with you to discuss options, tax receipts, and arrangements.

Adele Sacks

Director, Philanthropy

Other ways to give

Get the pledge form

Let us know about your gift intentions by downloading our pledge form.

Make gifts of securities

Donating securities is a great way to make a sizeable contribution to us.