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About Amici

History

It all started in 1966, when a few teenage campers saved up enough money over two summers to pay for one young boy to have his first camp experience. Over time they began to support a few more camping experiences each year. Amici’s founders believed that camp had the power to unlock kids’ potential and that kids had a chance to become leaders thanks to the power of camp.

As more donors and believers in the power of camp came on board, Amici and its program grew, supporting 265 campers at 42 partner camps in 2017.

Amici's History: Through the Years

1966
The year Amici sent its first camper to Camp Kawabi.

2006
Amici volunteers, partner camps and supporters send 100 kids to camp.

2007
Amici’s signature event, Canoe Heads for Kids, is launched by a group of 8 camp alumni, raising $8,000 paddling and portaging across the Toronto waterfront. The event has now raised over $830,000 since its inception.

2012
Pro-bono partnership with Endeavour Volunteer Consulting to develop Amici’s first-ever strategic plan, “250 by 50” to send 250 campers to camp by 2016.

2015
After achieving “250 by 50” a year early, Amici receives pro-bono support from Oliver Wyman, a leading global management consulting firm, to develop a new strategic plan.

2015
An awesome award was presented to Amici by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter: The Mo Davies Excellence in Fundraising Award. The award recognizes a small organization that has undertaken innovative initiatives resulting in overall growth and mission impact.

2016
Amici celebrates 50 years of sending kids to camp! The Financial Post names Amici one of the top charities for children.

2017
Supported by RBC, Amici launched the Compass Leadership Program, a leadership program running from October to June that transforms camp skills into life skills for current and former Amici campers.

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