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Fall Community Foundation Grants Celebration

November 26, 2018

Please join us at our office on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. for our Fall Grants Celebration. We will be awarding over $275,000 in grant funding to more than 25 charities throughout Southwestern Alberta. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome! For more information, please contact our office.

Celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day with the Community Foundation!

October 23, 2018

A little bit of kindness goes a long way, and while kind acts happen every day, community foundations across the country celebrate kindness on the first Friday of every November. You are invited to join the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta on Friday, November 2 for Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Random Acts of Kindness Day celebrates the power of small acts of kindness and encourages communities to do something nice for someone else. Kind acts can be anything from holding the door to complimenting someone, buying someone a coffee, or volunteering for a cause you care about. On November 2, the Community Foundation challenges the community of Southwestern Alberta to perform good deeds for others and encourage them to do the same, triggering a ripple of kindness that spreads through the community!

“We live in a pretty kind and compassionate community. Kind acts happen all the time, and that’s great, but we don’t always hear about them. We want to celebrate those acts while encouraging more of them,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “We all feel good when someone does something nice for us, but it feels equally good when you’re the one performing the kind act. Everyone wins with random acts of kindness.”

Anyone who participates will have the chance to win one of ten $500 Kindness Grants for the registered charity of their choice. Like us on Facebook or Twitter and share your good deed with the hashtag #RAKdayCFLSA to enter the draw.

For more information, please contact the Community Foundation office at 403-328-5297 or

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Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Recipients

December 04, 2018


Over $290,000 distributed to 31 charitable organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta

Lethbridge, AB (December 4, 2018) – The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is pleased to announce funding for 31 projects through two major granting programs, for a total of $294,669.

The Community Priorities Fund will provide $214,155 in grants to 27 projects and organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta. This fund exists as the result of private donations received from generous individuals since 1966. Gifts to the Community Priorities Fund are unrestricted, and serve the most pressing needs of our community. Twice a year, the Community Foundation accepts proposals for grants from the Community Priorities Fund, supporting the work of many worthy charitable causes throughout Southwestern Alberta. This fall’s grants from the Community Priorities Fund are supplemented by an allocation of $10,075 from various Field of Interest Funds. These funds are established to support different areas of interest, causes, or geographical regions, as chosen by the donor.

The Community Foundation extends special thanks to the Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association (LADA) for contributing a total of $16,439 to four of the projects supported by the Community Priorities Fund.

The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life will provide $54,000 to four projects from areas of rural Southwestern Alberta. Established by Pincher Creek-area rancher Bill Long and named in honour of his uncle, this granting program works to enhance the quality of life for residents of rural communities throughout Southwestern Alberta.

A variety of important projects in many communities throughout Southwestern Alberta are receiving funding. Grants will support necessary renovations to community buildings, enhancements to learning environments, and increased options for physical activity. In total, eleven communities will benefit from Community Foundation grants given out today. A list of grant recipients and brief project descriptions is attached.

“It’s always a great pleasure for us to host our community for a Grants Celebration,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “As much as one-third of annual giving occurs in the month of December, and we’re delighted to be able to help our donors achieve their charitable goals by supporting Southwestern Alberta with their gifts. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of our donors, we are able to continue to build a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive community.”

Through our granting programs, donors can be confident that the Community Foundation continues to identify and support a wide range of community initiatives throughout Southwestern Alberta.

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Celebrating Giving Tuesday with Kindness Grants

November 27, 2018

Ten grants issued to charities selected by residents of Southwestern Alberta

Lethbridge, AB (November 27, 2018)—Buying someone a cup of coffee, sharing clothing with the less fortunate, and blanketing a school with thoughtful post-its are just some of the ways that Southwestern Albertans celebrated Random Act of Kindness Day this year. Today, on Giving Tuesday, the Community Foundation is pleased to announce the ten recipient charities of Kindness Grants, as chosen by participants in 2018’s Random Act of Kindness Day campaign.

“On Random Act of Kindness Day, we encouraged everyone to do good deeds for the people in their lives. We were inspired by the heartwarming kind acts shared with us by people from all corners of Southwestern Alberta. The giving spirit really flourishes in our community,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “We are delighted to be able to perpetuate the spirit of Random Act of Kindness Day by awarding ten Kindness Grants to ten worthy causes.”

Anyone who shared their good deed on social media with the hashtag #RAKDayCFLSA was entered into a draw to win a $500 grant to give to the registered charity of their choice. The winners and their chosen charities are listed below.

MS Society of Canada, Lethbridge Chapter

The Girl Gang

Coalhurst Elementary School

Seana and Jaxson Dietl

Empress Theatre Society

Angie O’Connor

Water for People—Canada

Miranda Lohues

Dr. Gerald B. Probe Elementary School

Kya Varzari

Oldman Watershed Council

Diane Herrick

Wood’s Homes

Gayle Bates

Southern Alberta Self-Help Society

Sigma Rho Squared Engineering

Lethbridge Detachment Victim Assistance Society

Cayleigh Hamilton, House of Hammm Consignment Boutique

University of Lethbridge Students’ Union Food Bank

Dory Rossiter

The Community Foundation extends its gratitude to everyone who made this year’s Random Act of Kindness Day a success.

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