It all started with a simple idea! Back in 1999, Kids Up Front founder, John Dalziel, was at a sporting event in Calgary and found himself surrounded by empty seats. He thought, “Geez, those seats are probably paid for, what a shame to let them go empty! Wouldn’t it be neat, if somehow, those seats could be given to kids that wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to attend.”
Today, John’s simple idea, continues to yield powerful results for kids across Canada! Kids Up Front Foundations are located in 4 major Canadian cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto, and together, we’ve granted more than 750,000 donated event tickets valued at 20.8 million dollars! Thanks, John, for not letting your brilliant lightbulb moment go dim!
To provide access to arts, culture, sports and recreation to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity.
one little ticket, one big lift
Kids Up Front Foundation as a charitable society is committed to operating with the highest integrity and in a fiscally responsible manner compliant with Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code
Kids Up Front Foundation as a community service organization is dedicated to:
- Enhancing the quality of life for socially and economically disadvantaged children and families and making a lasting positive impact on their lives by providing safe, quality entertainment, cultural, educational and recreational experiences
- Developing solid partnerships with qualified agencies devoted to improving the welfare of Canadian children and families
- Building meaningful relationships with all stakeholders of the Foundation
- Delivering programs that promote healthy relationships, social inclusion and tolerance of gender, race, religion, culture and sexual orientation in a manner that is fair and equitable for all participants
CORUS ENTERTAINMENT is a founding partner of the Kids Up Front Foundation. Regionally, Corus Ent generously provides radio and television advertising as well as office space in Calgary and Toronto.
Kids Up Front is proud to recognize CIBC, SUNCOR ENERGY and TD FINANCIAL for providing annual gifts which are shared equally among our four regional foundations.
Champions ($50,000 to $99,999)
CIBC Theatre for All Program
Leaders ($25,000 to $49,000)