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GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ANNOUNCES COVID-19 MATCHING DONATION PROGRAM

April 15, 2020

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ANNOUNCES COVID-19 MATCHING DONATION PROGRAM

The Community Foundation is happy to announce it has been selected to participate in the Government of Alberta’s new Charitable Giving Matching Donation Program. Starting April 15 and ending May 31, the Alberta government will match donations up to 2 million dollars to the existing fundraising initiatives of seven Alberta charities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program. Matching funds depend on the collective amount raised by participating charities and the amount available from the government.

We acknowledge that this is a difficult time and that many Albertans are experiencing financial hardship. However, if you are in a position to donate, we ask that you consider working with us to leverage your gift to bring additional dollars in to support our community. Your gift is eligible for a tax receipt and it will not be subject to administration fees. Donations made specific to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program will go right back out to support the community; they will not be added to our permanent endowment fund.

If you are interested in supporting the COVID-19 grants program, please contact Executive Director Charleen Davidson at cdavidson@cflsa.ca or 403-328-5297. You can also donate online through the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta’s listing on CanadaHelps.org—choose “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” from the funds listed.

For most of us, this is an unprecedented moment in our lives. We do not know how or when this pandemic will end. We do know, however, that Southwestern Albertans have a long history of charitable giving, especially in times of difficulty. Participating in the Government of Alberta’s matching donations program is a great way to leverage donor dollars to make an even greater impact on the well-being of our community. We thank you for your ongoing support of the community through our work.

While our office remains closed at this time, our team is hard at work from home so that we can continue to serve you. 

For more information on the Government of Alberta’s Matching Charitable Donation Program and other participating charities, please click here.

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