Provincial Charities

Each year at March Conference, Junior Farmers from across the province hear speeches from three charities and vote on one to support throughout the year. Local Junior Farmer clubs host fundraising events and donate the proceeds to our provincial charity. JFAO policies dictate that all profits from alcohol sales at provincial events are donated to the provincial charity, as well as the proceeds from our major silent auctions. Junior Farmers regularly raise thousands of dollars for the provincial charity. If you are a registered charity working to improve lives in Ontario and want to apply to be JFAO’s provincial charity for the upcoming year, email

Endowment Fund – 2018 Charity


The purpose of the JFAO Endowment is to establish a financial resource base that will provide an annual income to assist JFAO in enhancing the mission statement, To Build Future Rural Leaders Through Self-Help and Community Betterment.
The Endowment Fund was established with receipts from March Conference in 1994, 50th Anniversary donations, and ongoing donations specified for the Endowment Fund. A minimum of 20% of the annual interest income must be re-invested each year. In 2012 JFAO partnered with the Ontario 4-H Foundation to invest our growing funds. The endowment fund has been entrusted with the Ontario 4-H Foundation for a six years now in an effort to earn the largest interest rate possible for our investment. In the event JFAO ceases to operate, the interest of the endowment will be designated to foster rural leadership training, continuing the legacy of the JFAO name. To ensure this fund strengthens for future use, it is this year’s provincial charity.

Second Harvest – Provincial Charity 2017


Established in 1985, Second Harvest is the largest food rescue charity in Canada. Second Harvest rescues fresh, surplus food that would otherwise go to waste, and delivers it to 225 social service agencies in the GTA, feeding people experiencing hunger – children, adults and seniors who access meal programs, food banks, shelters and community services. In 31 years Second Harvest has rescued and delivered over 116 million pounds of good food, thus preventing 50 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. For every dollar donated, Second Harvest can provide two meals.

Download the Second Harvest Fact Sheet. (PDF)

Make a food donation to Second Harvest.