In 1998, the OPP hosted its first OPP summer camp at GHQ in Orillia. The initiative to establish an Ontario Provincial Police Youth Foundation (OPPYF) evolved from this experience. The Ontario Provincial Police Association, the Commissioned Officers Association, the counsellors recognized a need to provide ongoing support for youth across the province.
The OPPYF was created in 2005, to help the members of the O.P.P. and O.P.P.V.A. help the youth of the province in need of assistance, so they could realize their potential. A foundation could assist in fundraising activities, provide appropriate accountability processes and allow the OPP to explore additional opportunities to help youth. It was emphasized that the foundationís intention would be to ensure the Youth Foundation had a "Provincial scope", in both membership and outreach.
Objectives of the "OPP YOUTH FOUNDATION":
To receive and maintain a fund or funds and apply all or part of the principal and income therefrom, from time to time, for charitable purposes including, without limitation, the following purposes, which support disadvantaged youth in the Province of Ontario: To provide social and educational development opportunities for disadvantaged youth: To provide opportunities for disadvantaged youth to attend a leadership camp to advance social and life skills development; To provide educational opportunities for those disadvantaged youth who require financial assistance through the granting of bursaries; To provide opportunities for life skills development; To provide opportunities for counselling and family support services.
The OPP Youth Foundation was incorporated in 2007 as a "corporation without share capital" and licensed to use the term "Ontario Provincial Police" in the context of its use with the Foundation. We are registered with Canada Customs and Revenue Agency as a charity under the Income Tax Act, permitting us to issue Income Tax Receipts to donors.
Board Of Directors:
There are currently eight members of the Board along with a number of appointed volunteers serving as committee members, legal counsel and financial services (see Board of Directors).
All board members are volunteers, as is its administrator. The OPPYF has no paid employees.
DONATIONS AND FUND-RAISING:
The OPP Youth Foundation receives no funding from the O.P.P. and operates at arms lengths from the O.P.P. Funding comes from the generosity of the OPPA, The OPP Vets Association, the Commissioned Officers Association, its members and member chapters and from the general public.
As a registered charity the OPPYF can and does provide income tax receipts to contributors. If an individual or group wishes to hold a fund-raising event or to make a tax-deductible donation, they may contact us at the mailing address below or send an email by clicking on the link below.
Please be assured that the OPP Youth Foundation has committed to NEVER using telephone solicitations. All fundraising will be done by personal contact through organizations that support the Foundation.
Information presentations will be made to public groups that express interest. The mailing address for the Foundation is:
O. P. P. Youth Foundation 777 Memorial Avenue Orillia, ON L3V 7V3
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Since inception we have been pleased to provide the services of a "Foundation" to the many OPP members and community supporters who so generously work to provide youth with opportunities to develop to their full potential.