Founded in 1999, the CIBC Miracle Fund works to address the small, but important needs that make a world of difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Since then the program has provided $2,062,500 in material support to over 9,700 youth in care. In 2014, there were 10 child welfare agency partners that participated in the CIBC Miracle Fund program, representing six provinces across the country. The CIBC Miracle Fund program is managed by the Children’s Aid Foundation (CAF).
This report marks the first external review of the CIBC Miracle Fund program and explores the immediate effects of the grants on 83 youth who were awarded Miracle Fund support in the first half of 2014. This evaluation looks at specific feedback from social workers who applied for and were awarded grants for the children and youth in their care, as well as feedback requested from the Miracle Fund fund managers at each agency across the country.
Some of the highlights from this evaluation include:
83% of grant recipients experienced an increase in self-esteem
67% of workers noted an improvement in social skills development in the children and youth
67% of children and youth had a noticeable improvement in peer relationships and support
The issues of fund management and granting direction are also explored in this report, and this report concludes with a summary of recommendations. This report reflects data collected from individual social workers, with support from agency grant managers from January 2014 to June 2014, and incorporates historical grant data and records, as collected by the Children’s Aid Foundation from 2011 to 2013.
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