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We are extremely grateful for the generous donations made by our contributors and are confident that the work conducted using these funds will have a direct impact on children living in vulnerable contexts.

The Alva Foundation

The Centre was established in 1985 with a gift from the Alva Foundation, formerly the Southam Foundation. The generosity of the Alva Foundation has played a large role in the Centre becoming a leading Canadian social research centre with established partnerships with local, provincial, and national child and family support services and advocacy organizations. 

RBC Children’s Services Research & Training Program (2008-2018)

A generous ten year grant from the The Royal Bank of Canada has permitted the creation of the RBC Children’s Services Research & Training Program at the CRCF which will support two key initiatives. The first initiative is to provide technical support and research training to assist policy makers and community-based children’s mental health service providers in developing their research and program evaluation capacity. In addition, the funds will be used to staff and maintain a data laboratory set up to extract and house administrative children services data from across the country. The second initiative is to support an RBC Internship Program that allows community professionals and students with research internship and training opportunities to develop their capacity to use research tools to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services.

Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation

In 2015, the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) received a very generous gift from the Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation. The gift will be used over three years to support scholarly work on childhood literacy’s programs and a post-doctoral fellowship.

In collaboration with the Love of Reading Initiative, the CRCF will build the evidence base to support literacy among vulnerable children. The program has the potential for playing a seminal role in promoting the well-being of children and in positively influencing their life trajectories

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