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2017 Friends of the Foundation Dinner

2017 Friends of the Foundation Dinner

July 11, 2017

Our annual Friends of the Foundation Dinner will be on September 28 at the Lethbridge Lodge Hotel. The keynote speaker will be local author, historian, and educator Belinda Crowson. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact our office.

National Philanthropy Day 2017

National Philanthropy Day 2017

June 01, 2017

The Southern Alberta Chapter of AFP recognizes that it takes many caring leaders to build a community. The Inspiring Philanthropy Awards provides the opportunity to recognize and celebrate philanthropic leaders who give freely of their time, talent and treasure to make a difference in the lives of those around them.

Please follow the link to download the nomination package!

2017 National Philanthropy Day Package

Those that will be recognized at the luncheon event will be announced on September 21, 2017 at Lethbridge City Hall.

The 2017 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon will take place on Thursday, November 16 at noon at the Lethbridge Lodge. More information to come!

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Canada 150 Grants Announced

June 01, 2017

Community Foundation celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial through Canada 150 Grants

Event celebrated six successful projects from the final round of funding offered

Lethbridge, AB (June 1, 2017) – Canada 150 celebrations began today as the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta awarded $39,000 in Canada 150 Grants to six community organizations from across the region. The focus of these grants is to encourage participation in Canada 150 activities and events, to inspire a deeper understanding of the people, places, and events that shape our country, and to build vibrant and healthy communities for all.

The event included greetings on behalf of Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, Rachael Harder, and some fun facts about local history.

“The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is an important moment in our country’s history and its future,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “It’s an opportunity to build new connections and celebrate together as one nation. Canada is home to an increasingly diverse population, but if we weave together the thousands of local stories a new narrative of our country emerges. This narrative gives us a greater appreciation for our shared past, allowing us to move forward together and dream big about our community, our country, and our future.”

The six successful organizations receiving funding for their Canada 150 project are:

  • Lethbridge & District Japanese Garden Society
    • The “Experience the Friendship Canada 150” community celebration event will showcase Japanese culture in southwestern Alberta, through sport, dance and music at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
  • Village of Champion
    • The Village will be hosting a special Canada Day celebration incorporating Champion’s place in Canada’s history into the events of the day.
  • City of Lethbridge
    • The “Pavilion Project” will be organized by the City and incorporated into Whoop-Up Days 2017. The Pavilion will showcase the history of many non-profits and community groups in southwestern Alberta.
  • Town of Coalhurst
    • The town will host their first “Neighbour Day” celebration with a Canada 150 theme, focusing on how many different communities came together to build Canada.
  • Lethbridge College
    • To celebrate Canada 150, the Lethbridge College will be creating a new display in “Founder’s Square” honouring traditional Blackfoot art and artifacts.
  • Friends Society of the Sir Alexander Galt Museum & Archives

Community Foundation Youth in Action Grants

April 21, 2017

Community Foundation Awards $14,000 in Youth in Action Grants

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is happy to announce ten grants to fund projects through its Youth in Action Granting program, for a total of $14,000. Funding will support active youth, learning opportunities, pet care, and a solar energy project. Communities involved include Cardston, Coaldale, Glenwood, Hays, Lethbridge, and Pincher Creek. A list of grant recipients and brief project descriptions follow

“This is our sixth year with the Youth in Action Grants Program. It’s a great initiative and a fantastic way to introduce youth to philanthropy, and to let them experience the impact giving has on the community,” said Charleen Davidson, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director.

“The entire Youth in Action Grants Program focuses on youth. The applications are written by youth, and the grant recipients are selected by youth – the University of Lethbridge Rotaract Club. It is wonderful to see youth so engaged in their communities. They come up with some creative ideas to address needs that they see in their community, but that adults might not necessarily identify.”

Background information:

It’s right there in our name. Community. For the past 51 years, building a stronger and more vibrant southwestern Alberta community has been the motivation behind our work. Every year we connect generous donors with causes that are close to their hearts, which helps us award over $700,000 in grants annually to qualified groups throughout our region. Learn more about us at

Spring 2017 Youth in Action Grant Recipients:
Pincher Creek Metis Local Council Chinook 1880
Canyon School, Pincher Creek
F.P. Walshe High School, Fort Macleod
St. Joseph School, Coaldale
YWCA Lethbridge
Cardston High School, Cardston
Spring Glen Junior High School, Glenwood
Group Group Youth Society, Pincher Creek
Hays Community Association, Hays
Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, Lethbridge

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