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Vital Signs 2019 Launch Event

Vital Signs 2019 Launch Event

October 03, 2019

Join us at our office on Thursday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m. as we launch our seventh Vital Signs publication! Assessing quality of life in Southwestern Alberta, Vital Signs is our annual community check-up. Vital Signs uses local data and information to paint a broad picture of the strengths and challenges faced by residents in our region.

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Fall Grant Applications Now Accepted

Fall Grant Applications Now Accepted

July 08, 2019

The Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for funding from both the Community Priorities and Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life granting programs. These grants will be awarded in fall 2019. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, October 15, by 4:00 p.m. Click on the program names below for granting and application criteria: 

Community Priorities Fund

Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life.

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Logan Boulet Endowment Fund Established at Community Foundation

June 27, 2019

Boulet Family Establishes Logan Boulet Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation
Endowment fund to support causes that reflect and champion Logan’s values

Lethbridge, AB (June 27, 2019)—The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is honoured to announce the establishment of the Logan Boulet Endowment Fund. Established by Logan’s family, Toby, Bernadine, and Mariko Boulet, this fund will assist in sustaining the legacy of a bright and generous young man.

Grants from the Logan Boulet Endowment Fund will be directed by the Boulet family to support causes that were important to Logan, such as organ donation, youth participation in sport, and the Special Olympics. Donations to Logan’s fund are gratefully accepted by the Community Foundation on behalf of the Boulet family. Gifts are eligible for a tax-deductible donation receipt.

“Logan was wise beyond his years,” said Toby Boulet, Logan’s father. “He understood that service is the rent you pay to live your life, and he continually volunteered in many areas, not just sport. He also understood that giving time is as important as donating dollars to many organizations. We are so proud of the decisions Logan made and the way he led his life.” At the recent Friends of Logan Boulet Golf Tournament, volunteers wore a t-shirt with the slogan Happy to Help. “If you knew Logan or had only met him briefly, you knew he was happy to help. Creating the Logan Boulet Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation allows Logan and many others to symbolically wear this shirt. We should all be ‘Happy to Help,’” said Toby.

Logan passed away on April 7, 2018 from injuries sustained in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. His organs were donated, an act that prompted an outpouring of organ donation pledges and resulted in Green Shirt Day, a day to encourage organ donation registration.

“It is a privilege for us to work with the Boulet family as they continue to honour the life of their son, Logan, by giving back to the community,” said Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “Logan was raised to give back, and his giving spirit has had a tremendous impact on our community and our nation. We are proud to be able to incorporate Logan’s legacy into the work we do at the Community Foundation. We hope that this fund, and the continued love and support of their community, will help Toby, Bernadine, and Mariko in their healing process,” said Davidson.

For more information about the Community Foundation, its funds, or its granting programs, please contact the Community Foundation office at 403-328-5297 or office@cflsa.ca. Contributions to Logan's fund can be made online at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/42000, or at the Community Foundation office.

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About the Community Foundation
It’s right there in our name: Community. For over 50 years, building a strong and vibrant Southwestern Alberta has been the motivation behind our work. Every year, we connect generous donors with causes that are close to their hearts, which helped us award over $850,000 in grants to qualified groups throughout our region in 2018. Learn more about us at www.cflsa.ca.

Community Foundation Announces Spring 2019 Grant Recipients

May 09, 2019

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SPRING 2019 GRANT RECIPIENTS
Over $275,000 in funding awarded to charitable organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta

Lethbridge, AB (May 9, 2019) – Today, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta awards 37 grants to projects throughout Southwestern Alberta, for a total of $275,610. These grants are a result of this year’s first call for applications to the Community Priorities Fund and the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life.

The Community Priorities Fund contributes $196,030 in grant funding to 33 organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta. This fund serves as the primary legacy for generous donors who have given unrestricted gifts to the Community Foundation over the past five decades, beginning in 1966. A further $25,100 is awarded through eight Field of Interest Funds, established by donors to support projects focused on a particular cause, demographic, or geographical area. Including a generous contribution of $21,000 from the Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association (LADA), applications to the Community Priorities Fund receive a combined $242,130 in funding.

The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life provides four grants, for a total of $33,480, to projects from areas of rural Southwestern Alberta. Established by Pincher Creek-area rancher Bill Long and named in honour of his uncle, this Fund enhances quality of life for residents of communities throughout rural Southwestern Alberta.

Grants support a number of important initiatives in 18 communities throughout Southwestern Alberta. These initiatives include building renovations, information technology upgrades, and fine arts education. Successful applications include funding for sports equipment for youth new to Canada, furniture and building enhancements for seniors’ clubs, and life-saving safety equipment. A complete list of grant recipients and brief descriptions of their projects can be found here.

“Our Grants Celebrations are exciting events for us to host,” says Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “As always, we’re supporting a wide range of diverse projects from diverse geographical areas. We’re extremely fortunate to have such a large pool of unrestricted funds, and grateful to the many donors who trust us to use their gifts to respond to the needs of the day in our community. Several of the organizations receiving grants today did not exist when early donors made their gifts, yet, thanks to their prescience, we are able to support their important work.”

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

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About the Community Foundation

It’s right there in our name: community. For over 50 years, building a stronger and more vibrant Southwestern Alberta has been the motivation behind our work. We connect generous donors to causes that are close to their hearts. Thanks to their generosity, we awarded over $850,000 in grants to qualified groups throughout our region in 2018. Learn more about us at www.cflsa.ca.

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