Who We Are

We inspire philanthropy, support the charitable sector and build a permanent endowment to address the current and future needs of people in our community.

By applying our resources, expertise, and leadership, Calgary Foundation acts as a catalyst and convener, creating a meeting place that fosters partnerships to build a strong charitable sector that serves the needs of all its citizens.

To identify needs and address community issues, Calgary Foundation develops networks that transcend special interests, providing knowledgeable and effective grants in the areas of Arts & Heritage, Human Services, Education, Environment, Health and Neighbourhoods.

By working with donors and their advisors, Calgary Foundation designs giving plans that achieve their desired charitable and financial goals, ensuring donors receive the maximum tax benefits from their gift and endowed funds receive professional investment management that seeks leading risk adjusted rates of return.

 

Mission, Vision and Values

Our history:

Calgary Foundation has been nurturing a healthy, vibrant, giving and caring community since 1955. It facilitates collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community organizations. The Foundation works to build a strong and sustainable charitable sector that serves the current and emerging needs of the community for the long-term benefit of Calgary and area.  In 2017-18,  Calgary Foundation saw $34.0 million in new contributions, had an asset base of $975.3 million and granted $45.2 million to 919 charitable organizations.

What is the desired ‘end state’ of the community because of our work:

To build a healthy and vibrant community where everyone belongs.

What we do to achieve the desired ’end state’ of the community:

We inspire philanthropy, support the charitable sector and build a permanent endowment to address the current and future needs of people in our community.

The way we work will align with these values:

  • Accountability – We are answerable to the community and our stakeholders for our practices and results.
  • Excellence – We aspire to exceptional performance and are committed to best practices in all that we do.
  • Inclusiveness – We embrace diverse knowledge, backgrounds, and perspectives and encourage collaborative communities.
  • Integrity – We are trustworthy, honest, reliable and ethical.

Download the 2018 Annual Report

Executive Summary & Strategic Direction

Financial Statements & Management Discussion & Analysis 2018

T3010 – Registered Charity Information Return (CRA)

External Environment Scan 2018 – Trends and factors in the external environment impact the Calgary Foundation’s work in the community, including where we direct our grants and initiatives we support in Calgary & area.