You are making a major impact in Calgary

Major Donors are influential members of the Calgary community and serve as inspirational philanthropic leaders with generous donations of $10,000 or more annually. As a part of a dedicated, like-minded, group of individuals committed to making a difference, Major Donors play a key role in helping people overcome poverty, setting kids up for success, and building strong communities.

See your impact

Your contributions directly drive the change you want to see in the community, create innovative solutions to long-standing social problems, and improve countless local lives every day. Here are just a few examples of the impact Major Donors can make:

  • At the entry-point of the Platinum level, your $10,000 investment can provide one year of housing and food for an otherwise homeless kid, or one-on-one career coaching for 100 women to gain sustainable employment.
  • At the initial entry-point of the Innovator level, your $500,000 investment supports 438 Calgarians in achieving financial stability, or helps 261 local people meet their basic needs.
  • At the $1,000,000 investment level—making you a valued member of our Million Dollar Roundtable—you have a greater impact than ever before: you can empower 2,042 children to transition to adulthood successfully, or connect 3,007 Calgarians to the supports and services they need to thrive and build a brighter future.

When Bryanna faced homelessness at 16, school couldn’t be her priority. Now, thanks to the generosity of people like you, everything has changed.

Read Bryanna's story

Why become a Major Donor?

Valuable tax benefits (see below)

Exclusive opportunities for you and your family to participate in personalized community tours and volunteering

Recognition as a Major Donor in our annual Honour Roll

An invitation for you and a guest to our Major Donor Appreciation Event—held annually, this key event celebrates and thanks all of our new and long-time Major Donors

An invitation to the President’s Series hosted quarterly by United Way President Karen Young, giving you an in-depth look at the social issues facing our city and allowing for networking opportunities with other Major Donors

Personalized updates on the impact your gift is making in the community, and ability to actively participate in the issues your investment works to solve

Million Dollar Roundtable

The Million Dollar Roundtable is a prestigious group of Calgarians who have each entrusted $1 million or more to United Way throughout their lifetime. Leading by example, these generous philanthropists believe in the potential of all Calgarians and recognize the impact they can make by investing in their communities.

J. C. Anderson
John Anderson
R.W. “Bill” Andrew
Bill & Irene Bell
Richard & Cathy Bird
David & Leslie Bissett
Nolan & Carol Blades
Estate of Steven Blitz
Hugh & Laureen Borgland
Rick F. Braund
Heather Braund
Brown Family
BURNCO Family Foundation
Neil & Katherine Camarta
Carrera Foundation
Lynn D. Chouinard
Cornhill Family
Howard & Michelle Crone
Michael & Heather Culbert & Family

Jim Davidson
Donna & Lorenzo Donadeo & Family
N. Murray Edwards
Shane & Roxanne Fildes
Mrs. Alice Chan & Dr. T. Chen Fong
Patricia & Lorne Gordon
Jim & Susan Hill
David & Barbara Johnson
Kahanoff Foundation
Kanovsky Family Foundation
Pentti Karkkainen & Denise Turner
Melissa, Sam & Van Kolias & Family
Gordon Lackenbauer & Jesse Trapp
Michael Lang
Francis & Marjorie Lefaivre Foundation
Nancy Lever & Alexander Pochmursky

Larry & Gloria Macdonald
D. Keith MacDonald Foundation
Drew & Barbara MacIntyre & Family
Keith & Kathy MacPhail
Mann Family Foundation
Allan P. Markin
Ron Mathison
R. Bruce McFarlane & Janice C. Heard
Peter & Adele McKeen
Michele & Bob Michaleski
John & Karen Murphy
Ted & Margaret Newall
David & Gail O’Brien
Tom & Kathy Pinder
Poelzer Family Foundation
Clay & Vi Riddell
Mike & Sue Rose

Vera A. Ross
Jim Saunders & Glenda Nystuen
Mike & Lorraine Seth
Bill & Sharon Siebens
Hank & Carol Swartout
Swift Family Foundation
Michael J. & Renae N. Tims
Mac & Susan Van Wielingen
Melissa & Ron Wigham
W. Brett Wilson & Family
Brad & Tanya Zumwalt
4 Anonymous Donors

BOLD names denote donors who joined the Million Dollar Roundtable in 2019.

Philanthropists Circle

The Philanthropists Circle is an exclusive group of philanthropic leaders who are committed to creating long-lasting, positive change in our city through investments of $25,000 or more on an annual basis. Members’ gifts and time are efficiently invested to maximize community impact.

  • Valuable tax benefits (see below)
  • An invitation for you and a guest to the annual Philanthropists Circle event
  • An invitation to the quarterly President’s Series with guest speakers
  • Updates on the impact your gift is making in the community
  • Customized report back on the impact of your gift in the community
  • Access to a private consultation with a personal Philanthropic Advisor
  • Access to family service project opportunities and family philanthropy opportunities
  • An invitation for you and a guest to our annual Major Donor Appreciation event
  • Access to a private consultation with a United Way Impact Investor
  • Donors who cumulatively give over $1 million become members of the Million Dollar Roundtable

Signature Initiatives

As the social issues affecting our city become more complex, the need for innovation becomes more critical. We know complex social issues cannot be solved alone–they require a collaborative effort, working together with social, health and education sectors, and government to create collective impact.

Major Donors are actively involved in supporting a number of Signature Initiatives that improve lives across our city, including:

Emily smiles in front of a classroom.

All In for Youth: a citywide movement focused on increasing and addressing high school completion, and helping youth successfully transition to the workforce and adulthood

Learn more
A murral at Village Square Leisure Centre reads ``Community``.

Community Hubs: a first-of-its-kind partnership between The City of Calgary, Rotary Clubs of Calgary, and United Way to provide supports and services to residents in priority locations across our city

Learn more
A painting of a dancer on a window.

Diamond Willow Youth Lodge: an inclusive, welcome gathering place for Calgary’s Indigenous youth to connect and celebrate their culture in a safe environment, developed in partnership with Pathways Community Services Association

Learn more

Major Giving tax benefits

Your donation of cash, securities, and other assets are eligible for charitable tax credits, which can reduce the federal and provincial income tax you pay each year.

Below are some examples of particular donation amounts*. All gifts to charities over the initial $200 entitle you to a tax credit of 50% (29% federal tax credit plus 21% Alberta provincial tax credit).

TAX BENEFITS PLATINUM
($10,000 - $24,999)
PILLAR
($25,000 - $49,999)
BENEFACTOR
($50,000 - $99,999)
Annual Donation $10,000 $25,000 $50,000
Alberta Tax Credit $2,078 $5,228 $10,478
Federal Tax Credit $2,872 $7,222 $14,472
Cost After Tax $5,050 $12,550 $25,050
*These examples are based on an annual taxable income of less than $202,800, and the provincial and federal tax credit rates ruling as of January 1, 2018. If your annual taxable income is more than $202,800, you may be eligible for further tax credits. Please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website or consult a financial advisor to learn more.

Major Donor Cabinet

Members of the Major Donor Cabinet are exceptional volunteers who take generosity and commitment to the next level. As high-profile members of Calgary’s leading industries, they are passionate about creating long-term, sustainable social change in our city.

Co-Chairs

Alec Clark
TD Securities Inc.

Dan Lannon
Colliers International

Cabinet Members

Lori Adams
Community Member

Sean Baylis
RBC Wealth Management

Paul Beitel
ARC Financial Corp.

Chris Day
Deboski & Co.

David Fillo
Shell Canada Limited

Rick Gallant
Community Member

John Gordon
Community Member

Rick Green
Sagium

Brian Hamm
McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd.

Mungo Hardwicke-Brown
Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Marielle James
BMO Capital Markets

Rob King
Community Member

Eric Le Dain
Community Member

Barry Munro
EY

Susan O’Brien
BMO Wealth Management

Chris Perks
CIBC World Markets

Brian Petersen
Thunderstone Capital Inc.

Shane Popowich
Cenovus Energy Inc.

David Potter
Scotia Global Banking and Markets

Todd Sutcliffe
Colliers International

Vivek Warrier
Bennett Jones LLP

2019 Sponsors

Thank you to these generous sponsors of the Major Donor Program! As a result of their contributions, no donor dollars are ever used for Major Donor events.

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