Vital Priorities



Over the past few decades the generosity of Calgarian’s has been great and the Foundations endowment has grown substantially.  With this growth comes a responsibility to lead  change. We’re evolving into an entity that can take on some key issues in our community and rally resources around them.  We call them our Vital Priorities.  It’s a game-changing step in our evolution and is in direct response to the changes happening in society and the very nature of philanthropy.  It’s an absolutely necessary step we take in order to deliver on our promise of “for community, forever.

Though we have identified areas that require greater leadership, the work we support is never siloed.  It would be impossible to focus on one single priority because there are connections and crossovers among all the issues we face as a community.  Priorities help focus some of our work, but one thing remains clear: We will continue with our robust 360º grantmaking process to touch every corner of our community. 

Our work is grounded in knowledge, focused through experience, inspired by relationships and pulled forward by a strong vision.  We’re not at a crossroads or at a fork in the road.  We’re on a focused learning journey, buoyed by the confidence our donors put in us, the encouraging and uplifting work of our grantees and a process of making connections that deepens our understanding of our community.   We call this THE VITAL JOURNEY.


Defining Vital Priorities


Through multi-staged consultations and extensive analysis of research, five vital priorities were identified. 



Impact Reports

In order to strategically grant for the most impact, it is necessary to study each of the priority areas to learn how to best support the work that needs to be done. This Impact Report will help us in our role as grantmaker, convenor and community catalyst.




Impact Stories