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.
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.
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.
year, the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund launches on Friday, Nov.
16 and runs until 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.
& 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.
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.
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
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.
Mental Health Association, Calgary
is to create awareness, provide promotion, education, support and
advocate for individuals and families living with mental illness
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
in your donation to (403) 235-7481, from , Monday to Friday
MAIL in your donation (cheque or money order) to:Calgary Herald Christmas Fund, PO Box 1515, Station M, Calgary, AlbertaT2P 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
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
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
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
3.I would like to donate clothes,
furniture, toys, etc. to one of the agencies. How do I go about
It would be best if you contact the agencies directly to make these
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. www.heraldchristmasfund.com.
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.