The Community Foundation offers a variety of flexible ways for you to give back to your community.

Support Your Community

Community Priorities Fund
Responding to the needs of our community

A gift to the Community Priorities Fund works with the gifts of others to support the ongoing needs in the community of Southwestern Alberta.

This fund offers you the unique ability to leave a legacy that will help community organizations as they respond to community issues today and for tomorrow.

How this Fund works

Donations to this Fund are unrestricted, which allows the Community Foundation to respond to the changing and emerging needs of the community in perpetuity. Twice a year, registered charities can apply to the Community Priorities Fund for grants to enhance their projects and organizational capacity. Through this program, we award over $700,000 annually in support of a diverse range of initiatives.

Community Priorities Grants

Click the link below to see a list of projects that received grants from the Community Priorities Fund in the Fall of 2017.

Fall 2017 Grants

Donor Legacies

Click the link below to read about the legacies of some of our donors and their gifts to the Community Priorities Fund.

Donor Legacies

Respond to important issues

Focus your support

Your gift is as unique as your are. The Community Foundation can provide you with options to create a legacy by supporting a specific group, a geographic location, or an issue that you are passionate about.

How this Fund works

When you establish your fund, you determine the charity or charities you want your fund to support annually. This is a Donor Designated Fund.

An example of the Field of Interest Fund is the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life. Established through a bequest of William "Bill" Long in honour of his uncle and the family's ranching heritage, grants from this fund support the rural community.

Read more about this new fund and how to get involved.

Support Charities of Your Choice

Charity Support Funds

When you establish a fund, you can choose to support your favourite charity or charities. Your gift will provide financial assistance through an annual grant from your fund.

How this Fund works

The Community Foundation has 22 Charity Support Funds in place to which you might choose to direct your gift. However, you can contribute to any charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency.

List of Current Charity Support Funds

"We make a living by what we get . . . but we make a life by what we give."

- Winston Churchill

Professional Advisors

We make it easy to give

For information when speaking with clients who are considering charitable giving options, please visit the link below. 

For further details or to arrange a meeting, please contact the office of the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta using the information provided at the bottom of the page.

Advisors' Toolkit