Ways to give in your community

Grow your gift, grow your impact

Improve more local lives with these exclusive match opportunities.

You have the power to improve local lives

Your donation makes a meaningful difference and helps everyone across Calgary and area thrive. Click the links below to learn about the different ways to give, how far your donation goes in the community, and other benefits of giving.

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When you donate to United Way, you are investing in your local community. You are giving your family, friends, and neighbours access to support when they need it most. Your donation is strategically invested right where you live, work, and raise your family.
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Click here to see just a few of the local lives that are changing because of our community’s generosity.

Every donation contributes to lasting social change. See how far your investment can go with our Impact Calculator.

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Printable donation forms

Take a look below for what type of donation or pledge form suits you best. Please print the most applicable form and once completed, return it to us via mail, fax or email. If you need a customized donation form for your workplace, please contact us.

General Donation Form – To be used for a donation of any amount

Corporate Donation Form – Developed for gifts from companies, organizations, and other businesses

Leadership Giving Donation Form – Tailored for donations of $1,200–$9,999

Major Individual Giving Donation Form – Tailored for donations of $10,000 and over

Area Community Partnership Donation Form – Suited for donations to United Way’s community partnerships in Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks and Strathmore

Leadership Donor Gifts of Securities Transfer Form – For gifts of securities of $1,200–$9,999

Major Donor Gifts of Securities Transfer Form – For gifts of securities over $10,000

Pre-Authorized Debit Form – Designed to arrange monthly donations directly from your bank account

Donor Choice Polices and Practices – Information on United Way’s Donor Choice program, including fees and payment schedule


Donate in the most tax-effective way possible with the full value of your eligible securities intact—for investments of $1,000 or greater.

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Planned giving

Ensure long-term investment in the community via a powerful legacy that reflects your values and vision for the future.

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Corporate sponsorship

Help build a great community and achieve your brand-building goals through value-aligned sponsorship opportunities.

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Investment Levels

You have the power to create positive impact in your community. No matter the size, every investment contributes to creating lasting social change and improving local lives.

Core Giving

Core Donors are core to creating change in communities throughout Calgary and area by giving $1–$1,199 annually.

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Leadership Giving

Leadership Donors lead change in Calgary and its surrounding area through investments of $1,200–$9,999 annually.

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Major Giving

Major Donors create major impact in our community, with generous investments of $10,000 or greater annually.

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Tax Benefits

Your donation of cash, securities, and other assets to United Way is eligible for valuable charitable tax credits, which can reduce the federal and provincial income tax you pay every year. When you donate to United Way, your tax receipt is processed automatically; many donors choose to consolidate all of their giving with United Way and receive one comprehensive tax receipt as a result. This ensures they don’t miss out on any tax benefits and simplifies the tax filing process overall.

For an annual taxable income of less than $221,708:

  • The first $200 of all your charitable giving entitles you to a tax credit of 25% (10% provincial tax credit and 15% federal tax credit).
  • You are entitled to a tax credit of 50% for all charitable gifts exceeding the initial $200 (21% provincial tax credit and 29% federal tax credit).

If your annual taxable income is more than $221,708 you may be eligible for further tax credits. Please contact a financial advisor for more information.

To see your exact tax credit, visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s tax calculator.

The chart below demonstrates the considerable tax savings at various giving levels*:

$1 - $1,199LEADERSHIP
$1,200 - $9,999MAJOR
$10,000 +
Annual Donation$120$600$1,200$5,000$10,000$25,000
Alberta Tax Credit$12$104$230$1,028$2,078$5,228
Federal Tax Credit$18$146$320$1,422$2,872$7,222
Cost After Tax$90$350$650$2,550$5,050$12,550
*These examples are based on an annual taxable income of less than $221,708. Please consult a financial advisor to learn more.

Planned Gifts

Planned Gifts can have important implications for your long-term tax, financial, and estate plans. Tax credits claimed on legacy gifts—such as a bequest in your will or naming United Way as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy—can be up to 100 per cent of net income on your final tax return, and can be a well-structured financial strategy. United Way regularly offers free educational estate planning seminars for donors; contact a Planned Giving Officer for information about upcoming seminars. You can also learn more about how a planned gift to United Way can help you maximize personal tax benefits from your financial advisor.

Adam SlaterWays to Give