The Kit Skelly Foundation

Welcome to the Kit Skelly Foundation donation page.  Thank you for your support.    Our mission is to make grants to charities that support those living with severe mental illness.  This fund is supported entirely by charitable donations.  Please join me in sustaining The Kit Skelly Foundation's important work by making a donation that will contribute to our funds goal.

A bit of history...

The Kit Skelly Foundation was set up in memory of our son Kit who was a bright, talented young man who wanted to become a doctor.  He was an accomplished musician and writer and a great friend to many.  When he was in his second year of university he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and after five years of battling this disease he took his own life.  Our lives will never be the same without him and we hope to make a difference for other families so they don't have to suffer the same devastating loss.  Suicide is a very tragic and preventable end to a young persons life. 

At times while struggling with his psychosis he found himself living on the street and Covenant House was a huge support for him.  They cared for him by giving him shelter, food, opportunities for work and healthcare.   We found much support from the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario where we met other caregivers as well as people with lived experience that gave us hope.   After Kit died, Sunnybrook Hospital started the Family Navigation project which we know would have made a difference in Kit's life had it been available earlier.   They are helping families navigate our complicated mental health system every day.

We have set this fund up to leave a legacy in his name.   We are very passionate about the work that Covenant House, the SSO and the Family Navigation Project does and they are the three charities that we have chosen to be the primary recipients of this fund.  For more info on any of these charities please visit their websites

The Kit Skelly Foundation

Thank you for supporting The Kit Skelly Foundation.  Your support makes it possible to provide grants to charities that are making a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness.

If you have any questions please contact Lesley Skelly at