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 2018.

Fall 2018 Community Priorities 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.

Fund options

You have a number of flexible options available when setting up your fund. How your fund supports causes and organizations that you are passionate about is entirely up to you.

Donor Advised Fund

You advise the Community Foundation about which charity or charities you want your fund to support annually.

Donor Designated Fund

You choose which charity or charities you want to support when you establish your fund. Based on your wishes, the Community Foundation will automatically grant annually to the charity or charities selected.

Field of Interest Fund

When you establish your fund, you may choose an area of interest that you want to support—a specific age group, a geographical location, or an issue that you feel is important.

Scholarship Fund

You choose which institutions you wish to support through the creation of an annual scholarship.

How can I get started?

Creating a fund with us is easier than you might think. We work with donors of various means to develop a giving strategy that meets your charitable goals.

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Issues and Interests

Click the link below to find out more about some of our donors and the causes they support.

Donor Stories

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 27 Charity Support Funds in place to which you might choose to direct your gift.You can also contribute to any charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency.

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 links below. The Advisors' Toolkit contains links and resources that you may find useful when communicating with existing or prospective clients. The Donation Calculator will show you the best ways to give to maximize both the philanthropic impact and tax benefits of a donation.

Please use "Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta" when referring to this organization in official legal documentation.

For further details or to arrange a meeting, please contact the Community Foundation Office using the information provided at the bottom of the page.

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