About Us

We invest in kids’ mental health by working with service providers to build capacity.

Kids’ Mental Health

More than ever, kids are reaching out for support. Demand is increasing and mental health service providers are struggling to keep up. Kids and their families are trapped on waitlists – unable to get the help they desperately need.

The Community

Capitalize for Kids began in 2014 as a charitable investors conference that raised $1 million for the Centre for Brain and Mental Health at SickKids. Today, we are a growing community of financial services professionals rallying our friends, families and firms to support kids’ mental health. To date, we have raised over $7 million for our beneficiaries.

Active Philanthropy

The strength of our community enables us to take an unconventional approach to philanthropy. We don’t cut blank cheques to our beneficiaries. Instead, we work with them to identify opportunities to build capacity and reduce waitlists. Ultimately, we help more kids access the care they need.

Our Impact

You likely know a young person who has faced depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or some kind of mental health issue. 1 in 5 kids will experience a mental health challenge and they are asking for help like never before. Unfortunately, service providers just can’t keep up with demand.

If you’ve ever tried to help one of these kids access mental health services, you know that it can feel like an impossible task. It often involves navigating a patchwork of services, turning to expensive private alternatives, traveling to clinics in different cities, or being stuck on yearlong waitlists.

We believe that kids and their families deserve so much better. It’s why we focus on building capacity in kids’ mental health services.

We work with great agencies to identify business opportunities to increase the capacity of their existing services. We partner with top for-profit companies on a pro-bono basis to design solutions and then we fund the required changes to an agency’s operations. At the end of the process, we template and share what we learn so that other organizations can implement similar solutions for themselves.

We are helping service providers support more young people with their existing resources. It means that kids spend less time looking for help and more time getting it.

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We help organizations find opportunities to support more kids with their existing resources.



We develop solutions to capture these opportunities.


We fund and support the implementation of our solutions.



We template, publish, and share our solutions for use by other mental health service providers across Canada.


Our Team


A diverse team of talented professionals committed to maximizing our impact.



Our Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Leadership Council provide strategic leadership and ongoing support.



Quarterly Report

Read our latest quarterly impact report to get an update on our ongoing projects.

Impact Report – Q1 2019

Capitalize for Kids continues to build capacity in kids’ mental health. With the support of our donors and partners, we are elevating the sector to reduce wait times for children and families.

Mental health service providers need to invest in strong infrastructure to deliver outstanding products and services. We have used technology to ensure that kids don’t miss their appointments, implemented cloud-based solutions to reduce administrative work, and aligned organizations to set them up for success.

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Impact Report – Q3 2018

People are getting smarter and we’re solving problems to make society better off. When we think about the mental health system in Canada, it’s so easy to talk about the headline grabbing issues such as “an Ottawa family waits a year for mental health services” or “families struggle to navigate mental health services”. However, we need to think about the other side of the coin.

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Impact Report – Q2 2018

The importance of the art and science of strategy cannot be understated in the children’s brain and mental health sector. We have to use data and emerging trends to determine how to best support children and families across the country, and then execute on razor thin budgets. I continue to be impressed by the amazing leadership and collaboration on display by mental health service providers to deliver outcomes for children and families in this environment.

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Annual Reports and Financials


2016 Capitalize for Kids Financial Report



2015 Capitalize for Kids Annual Report and Financials



2015 SickKids Impact Report