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Double your impact today! Your donation will support vulnerable Calgarians during this extraordinary time—and will be matched thanks to a generous group of local donors, up to $1 million.

Calgary is a caring community and we continue to demonstrate that together, we are stronger. Through every crisis, we take a stand to make sure that no one is left behind and that everyone is taken care of. We rally together for the safety, health and wellness of our families, loved ones, and neighbours.  Now, we are once again calling on Calgarians for your compassion, strong sense of community, and urgent support to help individuals affected by COVID-19.

As we work diligently on a Crisis Recovery strategy we are taking every step possible to ensure our community is cared for and supported in order to respond, recover and eventually return to the resiliency that continues to make our city great. It will take all of us working together to lift up our communities during these uncertain times.

 

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Established with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency), the COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a coordinated approach to support vulnerable Calgarians during this extraordinary time. The Calgary Foundation has joined the initiative, contributing $1 million to support the demand for immediate social services and our community’s most urgent needs.

This generosity is already making a difference. We’ve invested $6.9 million in rapid response emergency funding, supporting 169 agencies across Calgary and the surrounding area. Face-to-face visits with seniors are being transformed into regular telephone wellness check-ins. Vulnerable Indigenous community members receive food hampers with fresh vegetables and meats. Kids without access to technology at home now have a Chromebook to call their own.

Thank you to the individuals, organizations, corporations and partners who have already shown their incredible support for those most impacted by COVID-19. To learn more about our supporters and how our community is coming together to contribute to this fund please click here.

A Stewardship Alliance has been formed to direct funds to where they will have the greatest impact.

Read more about the investments to agencies so they have the resources they need to meet rising demands.

COVID-19 Community Supports & Resources

A COVID-19 Social Sector Information & Resources Hub connects community agencies to needed resources and information during this crisis. Social service organizations requiring information regarding funding and eligibility, please click here for details.

If you’re an individual in need of immediate support please call 211 or visit our resources page.

How these funds are being used

The fund will support vulnerable populations at greatest risk including the elderly, Indigenous populations, those experiencing mental health and addiction issues, persons with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, newcomers to Canada, and others that may be impacted by this public health crisis. As this is an evolving situation, we will be working diligently with our community partners to continue monitoring and responding to community needs as they emerge.

Read more about the investments to agencies.

What you can do

Donate now to help vulnerable Calgarians access the supports and services they need during this extraordinary time. 

Together, we can flatten the curve, ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our communities and its most vulnerable citizens.

Donation matching donors

Thanks to the generosity of a passionate group of local donors, donations made to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund will be matched up to $1 million. The Kanovsky Family Foundation, Geoff and Anna Cumming, Bill and Sharon Siebens, David Bissett, the Poelzer Family Foundation, Michael and Heather Culbert & Family, Alvin Libin, Bobby Libin & Family, and Alice Chan and Dr. Chen Fong, David & Barbara Johnson, Viewpoint Foundation and Two anonymous donors are the amazing community leaders who have made this initiative possible. These dedicated local philanthropists know that it will take many hands to lift us out of this crisis and are helping their community take care of the most vulnerable when it’s needed most.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Calgary COVID-19 Community Response Fund is open to donations from any individual, corporation, or foundation. If you have questions, please contact: philanthropy@calgaryunitedway.org

Donations acquired through this fund will be distributed based on established decision-making criteria that has been developed in partnership with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency), and United Way of Calgary and Area. Priority will be given to requests that provide immediate emergency response, ensuring the greatest impact for the most vulnerable populations at greatest riskWe also know this is an evolving situation, so we will be working diligently with our community partners to continue to monitor this situation and respond in the most effective manner.

Vulnerable Calgarians are defined as populations most vulnerable to the virus and those whose livelihood is impacted by this public health situation including the elderly, Indigenous populations, those experiencing mental health and addiction issues, persons with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, newcomers to Canada, and others that may be identified by this public health crisis.

Yes, you will receive a tax receipt for your donation. For any questions or concerns regarding your tax receipt please contact: uwtaxes@calgaryunitedway.org  

You are eligible if your organization has a charitable number or has a formal partner sponsorship agreement with a registered charity (with its own CRA BN/registration number) and is central to the provision of supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19. Funds may be used for response and recovery costs including, but not limited to: basic needs support, agency operations, staff and service delivery.

Initial applications will focus on response needs within a 3 month time frame.  As more funds become available and further needs are identified, an additional phase may be developed and released to support longer-term needs

Please e-mail rfp@calgaryunitedway.org to request access to the application. 

We recognize the impact this pandemic can have on individuals. Please contact 211 to be connected to supports and services in your area. For support specific to mental health, please call the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 or Access Mental Health at 403-943-1500.

United Way of Calgary and Area has been working in close partnership with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency) to support a coordinated local response to COVID-19 in Calgary and surrounding areas. Resources raised through this fund will support social services agencies who are working on the ground to continue to meet the demands of their critical work in this time of need. Through this partnership, The COVID-19 Community Response Fund will prioritize immediate needs, with consideration of supporting longer-term impacts once the immediate crisis is over. Applications will be processed through United Way in collaboration with a Stewardship Group represented by The City of Calgary and other partners, to distribute the funds effectively and according to the established criteria. The Stewardship Group will provide a report to the community on the impact of the Community Response Fund, made possible through the generosity of many Calgarians.

This collaborative response is in addition to the regular operations of United Way of Calgary and Area and is intended to provide an efficient and coordinated local opportunity to support individuals and organizations in Calgary that have been directly impacted by COVID-19. Funds raised through the fund will be disbursed through a formal partnership with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency). 

For general question and additional information, contact us!

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Physical distancing forces us apart, but compassion defies distance.

Sasha HullCOVID-19 Community Response Fund