Unrestricted DonationsRestricted DonationsIn Honor/In MemoryCorporate Matching GiftsEndowment Gifts
Unrestricted donations are without a doubt the most important ­donations to the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation.
These donations are used to support OI programs and activities:

OI Scholarships program
– Oratorical Scholarships
– CCDHH Scholarships
– Essay Scholarships

OI Internet Safety program

OI Community Activities
– Respect for Law/Promotion of Non-Violence
– Youth Appreciation
– Youth Safety
– Tri-Star Sports

Youth Club (JOOI)
– JOOI of Reading
– Personal Growth Camp; Involvement (PGI)
– Souper Bowl of Caring
– KaBOOM! Play Days

These donations are used to support services offered by CCOF:
– CCOF Club Grant Program
– Outsourcing Program



Donors may designate contributions to an existing CCOF program such as the Childhood Cancer Matching Grant Program and Outsourcing ­Program.


Honor Gifts
These gifts are given in honor of a living individual from an individual or a club. The honoree is notified of the donor’s gift, but not the amount of the gift. The donor may request a banner patch if the gift is at least $100. An honor gift is the perfect way to express good wishes to fellow Optimists or to family and friends celebrating a special event.


These gifts are given in memory of a deceased individual from an ­individual or a club. If the donor provides the contact information for a remaining ­family member, the family is notified of the gift but not of the amount of the gift. The donor may request a banner patch if the gift is at least $100. ­Making a memorial gift to the CCOF is a loving tribute honoring the memory of a departed loved one. Giving a gift that will be ­perpetuated through the lives of young people is a wonderful way to ­remember someone special.

­Honor/­Memorial gifts are included in the dollar-per-member calculation. Clubs and ­individuals receive annual recognition and lifetime gift credit.



Many companies have matching gift programs in which the ­company will double and sometimes triple the amount an employee contributes to a qualifying non-profit organization such as CCOF. In some cases, this also included retired employees. Donors should check with their employer for specific guidelines and appropriate forms.


Endowments are permanent funds that use only a portion of the earnings. The balance of the earnings is invested for growth. Clubs, ­districts or individuals may establish endowments. An endowment must have reached at least $10,000 and be invested at $10,000 for a full year before funds are paid out. Funds are paid out once a year in March.