On behalf of the Families and Children we serve – Thank you for your generosity and support!

FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism receives no government funding. To sustain our operation, we rely on individual donations; community and corporate foundation grants.

Funds are used to allow the program to maintain current locations and to grow within Durham Region.  Your donation supports volunteer recruitment and training efforts; the purchase of skill appropriate toys, games, and supplies; operational expenses and program marketing needs.

Through the generous support of individuals and corporations, FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism has moved from taking baby-steps (helping 3 families once a week for 3 hours) to making great strides (helping up to 25 families once a week for up to 5 hours).

Your support and involvement as an Autism Champion is needed. Help us help families affected by autism in Durham region.

All donations are eligible for a charitable tax-receipt; please ensure that your full contact information is included with your donation. To donate, call us at 905-420-0388 ext. 3 or click the Make a Donation button on the side panel.

C/O Dunbarton-Fairport United Church
1066 Dunbarton Road 
Pickering, ON L1V 1S4

You can make a secure, on-line donation to FOOTPRINTS through

Donate A Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism. We provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation.

When you Donate your RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location.

Donate A Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for your Charity to benefit. After your Vehicle Donation is complete, FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism will send you a tax receipt within 45 days!

Donations In Memory of Jeff Gayton

Jeff Gayton was a FOOTPRINTS volunteer instrumental in the establishment of our Whitby location. Jeff touched the lives of the children in our program and the volunteers he worked with.

To donate to the Jeff Gayton Memorial Education Fund click here , there is a fund designated for gifts in memory of Jeff.

Donations In Memory of John Jamieson

John Jamieson was a long-time FOOTPRINTS volunteer who helped make a difference for families and their children. In his memory, his family is requesting donations be made to FOOTPRINTS to support our respite program.

To make an on-line donation in memory of John, please click here, please select the program and operating fund.

Thank you everyone in the Durham Community – and beyond, for your financial support. Each year we continue to thrive and grow a little bit more.

Foundation Support

Founding Funders


The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) was a proud supporter of FOOTPRINTS through the provision of program and operating funding.

In 2006, FOOTPRINTS was the recipient of a 5-year grant that provided the program with foundation funding.

For more information about The Ontario Trillium Foundation, to be directed to their website please click

On behalf of the children and families we serve, thank you for your generous support of children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum in our Community.


Durham Region is a long-time supporter of FOOTPRINTS. A funding partner since 2005, it made FOOTPRINTS an official United Way Durham Region Agency in 2009 and provides core program funding each year.

In addition to funding support, the United Way Durham Region champions FOOTPRINTS throughout Durham Region, assisting in our awareness building activities by providing opportunities to showcase our program and our volunteers at events such as Corporate Campaign Kick-Off events, InfoDurham volunteer events, and by referring families and volunteers to our website.

Thank you for Your Support


In 2014 UNITY for Autism provided funding to expand our camp program, offering six half-day camps. Listening to our families to expand our camps in 2016 to full-day, 5-days a week. In 2017, we applied again to UNITY for AUTISM to support our full-day summer camps. Our request was generously granted in 2017 and in 2018. We are pleased be offering full and half day camps Summer and Christmas Break Camps for the third year in a row. Funding from UNITY for AUTISM has allowed us to open our camps up to the Durham Community.


The Durham Community Foundation serves the community as a fund developer, fund manager and grant maker. The DCF has been instrumental in providing funding to allow FOOTPRINTS to expand into Whitby and for needed sensory software and equipment for use by program participants.

In 2013, thanks to the generosity of the Colleen Fund and the Stanley E. Lovell Family Fund we were able to develop a Youth Volunteer Training Component, a welcome addition to our Volunteer Training Sustainability Program. In 2014/15 and 2015/16, DCF provided funding for Together We ‘Hang’ a social program pairing youth on the Autism Spectrum with their peers for a social gathering fostering inclusion, acceptance and friendship. In 2016, FOOTPRINTS gratefully acknowledges the financial support of “George and Jean Lofthouse Fund at Durham Community Foundation” allowing us to continue offering Together We ‘Hang’  Pickering Library in 2017.

CST Canada Co. – Corner Store

Thank you to CST Canada Co. –  Corner Store for their generosity to FOOTPRINTS 4 Autism. Their support will assist with our Camps, Together We ‘Hang’, teen social program and replenish toys and equipment.

Mackenzie Investments Community Foundation

The Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation is an employee-driven, non-profit organization. Their mission is to invest in organizations and programs aimed at helping communities across Canada.

In 2016, FOOTPRINTS was honoured to be chosen to partner with the Mackenzie Investments Community Foundation. We are very grateful for their continued financial support in our weekly respite programs for children under 13 and Together We ‘Hang’ – our after-school social program for youth with autism and their peers.


The Harry E. Foster Foundationwas one of the first family foundations to financially support FOOTPRINTS and they have continued to do so since their first donation in 2005.

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs and projects for people with intellectual disabilities.

The Harry E. Foster Foundation’s most recent donation to FOOTPRINTS was in 2017 to help provide weekly respite at our two Durham Region locations. FOOTPRINTS is grateful for the on-going support of the Harry E. Foster Foundation.

The George Lunan Foundation

George Lunan Foundation recognizes the importance of respite care and supported FOOTPRINTS in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Donations made by the George Lunan Foundation have allowed FOOTPRINTS to continue providing quality respite care at our two locations in Durham Region.

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In 2015, The Georgina Foundation granted our request to purchase four tablets for children to use speech generating apps to improve language, play skills and social gesturing. The Georgina Foundation has been a long time supporter of FOOTPRINTS. In 2016, The Georgina Foundation granted our request to purchase Vestibular Sensory Equipment.

The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation

The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation has provided financial support in 2016 and again in 2017 for respite care for up to 20 children per week for a total of 16 weeks.

The Bridge Street United Church Foundation

In 2015, The Bridge Street United Church Foundation provided much needed funding for FOOTPRINTS to develop a Sensory Integration Program.

Their donation allowed us to purchase different Sensory Packages giving us the flexibility to integrate different strategies at both our locations as need by the children.

Mayor’s Community Development Fund – Town of Whitby

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Since 2016, the Town of Whitby – Mayor’s Community Development Fund provided FOOTPRINTS has financially supported Together we ‘Hang’ – a social program for youth (14-21) on the Autism Spectrum and their peers. FOOTPRINTS is pleased to be offering the program in partnership with the Whitby Library.

Baagwating Community Association

The Baagwating Community Association has provided funding in support of our Volunteer Training program.


Investors Group Pickering Region became the Lead Sponsor of Camp Great Strides and has made camp possible for kids diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum from 2011-2015. Investors Group continues to support FOOTPRINTS’ programs.

Dunbarton-Fairport United Church and the Dunbarton-Fairport United Church Women

Dunbarton-Fairport United Church has been a supporter of FOOTPRINTS since the very beginning. Starting by providing leadership, space, and volunteers in 2004, the members of Dunbarton-Fairport have increased their support to include fundraising (including a portion of golf tournament revenue) provision of program supplies and in 2016 the UCW provided financial support of Volunteer (uniform) T-Shirts.

Andrew Foundation

The Andrew Foundation has provided financial support yearly since 2011 for weekly respite care.

Bay of Quinte Conference, United Church

Since 2013, the United Church Mission Outreach Ministry and Social Issues has generously supported FOOTPRINTS’ programs and our work in the community.

St. Mark’s United Church and St. Mark’s United Church Women

Back in 2009, St. Mark’s United Church answered the call when FOOTPRINTS proposed program expansion in Durham Region. The congregation and ministry staff at St. Mark’s became part of the FOOTPRINTS family when the program welcomed its first children in September 2009.

Since that time, the program at St. Mark’s United Church has grown from 2 Saturdays per month to 4 Saturdays, and the church regularly offers its space for volunteer training sessions.

The United Church Women (UCW) of St. Mark’s support the program with financial support for program needs and the congregation of St. Mark’s United Church generously donate program as well as administration space.

Faith United Church – Church work in Durham

Faith United Church in Courtice provides yearly support to FOOTPRINTS respite services. One of our expansion goals is to offer programs in Clarington. Thank you for your faith and believing in our program.

Rotary Club of Pickering


In 2008, the Club has provided financial support to allow FOOTPRINTS to expand its Pickering program to include Friday evenings and to enhance services at our Whitby location. Pickering Rotary continues to support FOOTPRINTS yearly.

Monies raised through their Annual Ribfest, weekly bingos, and other fundraising events assist FOOTPRINTS and other local programs and services in Durham Region.

Rotary Club of Whitby – Sunrise

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The monies contributed by the Club helped provide respite services at our Whitby location and were used to purchase sensory appropriate equipment.

Green Shield Canada Community

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Green Shield Canada Community Giving Program made possible the 2012 expansion of FOOTPRINTS Whitby to offer respite three Saturdays per month.

City of Pickering Mayor’s Gala

FOOTPRINTS was a designated recipient charity of the 2011 City of Pickering Mayor’s Gala, Reflections in Time, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of Pickering. In 2016 and 2018, the City of Pickering Mayor’s Gala also donated to FOOTPRINTS ensuring that much-needed respite care for families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders continued in Pickering.

CAW Family Auxiliary


Made aware of FOOTPRINTS and the respite program we offer through a personal conversation with Steering Committee member Sandy Mckenzie, the CAW Family Auxiliary 27 decided they would become a supporter of FOOTPRINTS as “there are far too few programs to assist the families of children diagnosed with ASD”, stated Treasurer Lynn Rak.

Their donation allowed FOOTPRINTS to continue to provide quality respite care at our Whitby location.