EvenStart Article
November 15, 2012

  It began as the brainchild of a group of journalists who modestly predicted they could raise $25,000 to help Calgary's less fortunate by rallying readers.  Twenty-two years later, the Calgary Herald, thanks to the wonderful generosity of Calgarians, has collected at least $19.2 million for social agencies across the city — including $4,938,088 last year.

    EvenStart Article
November 23, 2012
  Every Christmas season, this city has shown a wondrous depth of soul and generosity of spirit.  The Christmas Fund campaign has grown substantially over the years but the Calgary Herald’s commitment to helping those in urgent need has not wavered.  The Christmas Fund provides funding annually to local charities that address the critical needs that thousands of Calgarians face everyday, including hunger, homelessness, addiction and abuse.  The Calgary Herald is proud to cover one hundred percent of all administrative costs so that all dollars raised can be shared equally amongst the selected recipients.    

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In recognition of the Calgary Herald’s mandate to serve Calgarians, the Christmas Fund has been awarded the 2012 Association of Fundraising Professionals’ “Generosity of Spirit Award” for corporate philanthropy.

“The real definition of philanthropy is the investment of time, talent and treasure,” said Janeen Webb of Inn From the Cold.  For us it was a no-brainer; the Calgary Herald has been there on every level.”

For Wayne Steer of the Fresh Start Recovery Centre, the Christmas Fund has made an impact.

“It’s really brought about a great awareness, acceptance and understanding of what we’re doing,” Steer said.

 This year, the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund launches on Friday, Nov. 16 and runs until midnight on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. During the six-week campaign, Calgary Herald reporters and videographers will share the stories of the clients who have seen hope and change in their lives thanks in part to the services provided by the selected charities.  There will also be guest columns from some of Calgary’s key leaders as well as special Weekend Edition spreads that will highlight the clients and programs being funded. These clients present stories of courage and hope that remind the rest of us to be thankful for what we have and encourage us to give to those who have not.

Accessible Housing Society locates and obtains housing and keeps people in their homes and community. Accessible Housing supports clients living with mobility issues including those who are experiencing homelessness.  At the point of contact with the agency, most individuals and families are in a state of crisis.  Poverty and community isolation are common challenges for the people they serve.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary work with Calgary’s vulnerable children and youth to provide them with a safe, supportive place where they can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers and build positive relationships.  The Food and Nutrition in School [FANS] program provides hungry schoolchildren with nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks to offset hunger so they can focus on learning.


Calgary Alpha House Society provides a safe and caring environment for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol and other drug dependencies.  Alpha House is a community-based facility providing a continuum of services for men and women struggling with the complexity of addiction and homelessness.


Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse is the primary sexual abuse and sexual assault service provider for Calgary including crisis intervention, counseling, education training, police and court support for those impacted by sexual abuse and sexual assault.  

Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter deals with family violence and abuse.  The child-care program provides a safe and supportive child-care environment for children up to the age of 18 residing in the shelter and those accessing other shelter programs. 

Canadian Mental Health Association, Calgary Region’s mandate is to create awareness, provide promotion, education, support and advocate for individuals and families living with mental illness and addictions. 

Discovery House is one of the most innovative places in Alberta for women with children leaving domestic abuse.  More than a shelter, it provides individualized support for leading healthy, independent lives through its residential and its outreach community housing program. It radiates change for generations.   

Evenstart for Children Foundation of Calgary serves children between the ages of three to five years who come from backgrounds of trauma.  The program provides therapeutic and educational services, and has great success in taking the children with 70 - 90% developmental lags to an "even start" with their peers by grade school entrance.

Hospice Calgary embraces children, teens and adults who are coping with life-threatening illness, sudden or expected death. At Sage Centre (formerly the Counselling & Education Centre) and Rosedale Hospice, the specialists provide individual counseling, group support, workshops and 24-hour end-of-life care. 

Kerby Centre’s primary focus is supporting older adults who may be low-income, have medical fragility, are isolated and need to access a variety of resources such as transitional beds for individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

Wood’s Homes is a multi-service childrens’ mental health organization.  Their EXIT program provides preventative services for at-risk, street-involved youth. Services include: addictions services and referrals, health and wellness groups, medical services, individual crisis counseling services, basic needs, housing and employment referrals and opportunities for some youth need to re-connect with families despite not being able to live at home. 

Youville Recovery Residence for Women provides safe, long-term and family style residential accommodation to women seeking recovery from abuse, addition and mental health distress. Youville additionally offers accommodations and programs that keep families intact and that allow mothers and their children to remain together during recovery.  


GO TO    and donate online using our secure server

CALL in your donation to (403) 235-7481, from 8:30-4:30pm., Monday to Friday

MAIL in your donation (cheque or money order) to:  Calgary Herald Christmas Fund, PO Box 1515, Station M, Calgary, Alberta T2P 4K2

SCAN the QR code from a campaign ad that can be found in the Calgary Herald and donate on your mobile device using our secure server


1. Are donors able to make a donation to a specific agency? 
No. The Christmas Fund is set up as one large fund and the dollars raised are divided equally among the selected charities.

2. What are the administrative costs of the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund?
All administrative costs are absorbed by the Calgary Herald. This is one of the ways that the Herald contributes to the Fund. Therefore, one hundred per cent of your donation goes directly to the selected charities.

3.  I would like to donate clothes, furniture, toys, etc. to one of the agencies. How do I go about doing this? 
It would be best if you contact the agencies directly to make these arrangements.

4. I have made a donation but have not seen my name in the paper yet. Did you receive my donation? 
Once we have received your donation, it usually takes 7 to 10 days until your name appears in the paper.  Donor thank-you ads appear every Wednesday during the campaign and will also be displayed on our website.

5. Will I receive a tax receipt? 
Yes. Tax receipts are issued for all donations over $10. Tax receipts are generated and mailed by the end of January.  Your tax receipt will come from one of the selected charities but is mailed and generated by the Calgary Herald.  The Calgary Herald is not a registered charity and therefore cannot directly issue receipts for tax purposes.

2012 Christmas Fund

For more information on the 2012 Christmas Fund contact Ann Huskinson
by phone at 403-235-7246 or by email

2013 Christmas Fund

To submit a proposal for the 2013 campaign, please email Brenda Pedersen
The deadline to submit a proposal for the 2013 campaign is
May 1, 2013.

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