We are proud to support grassroots charities in the Edmonton area that alleviate homelessness and hunger, provide shelter, prevent crime and meet clients' needs through special projects. We consider charity size, alternate funding and resources, financial management, and potential project outcomes as well as alignment to our funding priorities. Ultimately, it is our goal through funding, to build thriving communities by empowering individuals and families with the opportunities needed to live a fulfilled and meaningful life. Since 1986, just shy of $4.5 million dollars has been donated to the Greater Edmonton Area through the REALTORS® Community Foundation!
The Board of Governors has developed a funding plan that sees a majority of funding being determined through our funding applications received by our annual funding deadline and dispersed early in the calendar year. If you are a charity seeking funding, we encourage you to apply, or reach out for more information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Governors is incredibly proud of the REALTOR® Community for their contributions that made it possible to give $265,000 to charities in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In addition to gifts to YESS, Little Warriors and Operation Friendship Seniors Society throughout the year, the charities in the video belowwere awarded cheques at this year's 'BIG Give' which technically moved online.
We are visiting our charities individually to get the scoop on the work they are doing - check out our stories tab to learn more about the ones we've visited so far!
|Charity||2020 Grant||Lifetime Grants||First Year funded||Impact|
|Abbottsfield Youth Project||$5,000||$21,000||2015||Abbottsfield Youth Project will serve healthy snacks to an estimated 400 children every week as an integral part of our programming.|
|B's Supporting Youth Foundation||$5,000||$20,000||2015||The funds B's Supporting Youth Foundation received will allow us to provide 1,113 lunches for hungry Edmonton students.|
|Camp Health, Hope & Happiness||$11,000||$140,000||2013||The funds granted by the Edmonton Realtor's Community Foundation will be invested in a 4 passenger golf cart to increase speed of medical attention and transport visitors with physical limitations, allowing them to participate in site wide barrier free tours.|
|CASA Foundation||$20,000*||$81,000||2008||This grant will help CASA provide support to about 57 youth transitioning back to their community after spending time at CASA House getting treatment for significant mental health and/or addiction challenges.|
|Cornerstone Counselling||$5,000||$20,000||2013||In 2019, our counsellors provided close to 9,000 hours of counselling to over 2,527 clients. Approximately 70% of these clients received a reduction in fees. The funds granted to Cornerstone will give 40 no-to-low-income families, couples, and individuals access to affordable, professional counselling. When people receive the mental health support they need, the effects ripple to their family, friends, and colleagues which strengthens our entire community.|
|Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society||$7,500||$51,000||2011||Each certified dog that is matched with a client has a cascading positive impact on the individual themselves, on their immediate family, extended family and the community they live in. As a result, it is impossible to quantify this for every client.|
|Drive Happiness||$10,000||$10,000||2020||The funds granted to Drive Happiness will be able to fund 384 rides for low-income, mobility-challenged seniors to help get them where they need to go.|
|Edmonton Public Schools Foundation||$10,000||$10,000||2020||The funds received today will support one class of Full-Day Kindergarten for a month (or, if we break into individual student impact per month, the funds will support 34 students to attend a month of full-day Kindergarten!)|
|Edmonton's Food Bank||$9,000||$24,000||2014||The support from the REALTORS Community Foundation will help us procure a new electric pallet jack, which will ensure the high standards of our warehouse operations and by extent our services to over 21,000 people every month.|
|Habitat for Humanity Edmonton||$30,000*||$645,500||1993||The funds granted to Habitat for Humanity Edmonton will help build an affordable home and house a new family every 8-10 years.|
|HIV Network of Edmonton||$5,000||$51,600||2009||The funds to HIV Edmonton ensure that support for our most vulnerable clients will have access to housing support and much needed access to more secure, safe living.|
|Homes For Heroes Foundation||$10,000||$10,000||2020||The funds granted to this Veterans' Village will help us to provide over 7,000 bed-nights for homeless veterans in the Edmonton community.|
|Inner City Youth Development Association||$5,000||$20,000||2016||The funds cover one day of the meals program which provides the youth with breakfast and lunch on school days and also provides supper to a smaller number of youth who participate in the after school outreach program.|
|Kids On Track Association of Edmonton||$5,000||$25,400||2011||The funds provided today to Kids On Track Association of Edmonton will equip up to 320 participants (Children and Parents) with the tools and support to navigate the emotions and adjustments following divorce or the death of a parent.|
|Operation Friendship Seniors Society||$4,500||$50,000||2012||We thank you for your continuous support year round of OFSS, our seniors and all that we do for them.|
|Our House Addiction Recovery Centre||$15,000||$118,000||2004||The funds granted to Our House Addiction Recovery Centre will be used towards a Family Outreach Counselor.|
|P.A.L.S. - Project Adult Literacy Society||$5,500||$26,000||2011||The funds granted to P.A.L.S. - Project Adult Literacy Society will help funds for books for adults who are working on improving their literacy skills to be functionally literate.|
|Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) Society||$3,000||$16,500||2013||These funds will empower and "train up" a peer support worker who will help youth at risk of substance use and/or substance abuse.|
|Pilgrims Hospice Society||$4,000||$52,000||2005||Funds granted to Pilgrims Hospice Society will enable the purchase of a commercial washer/dryer, to safeguard the health and safety of over 250 residents and 1,250 family members, caregivers and overnight guests each year, at the Roozen Family Hospice Centre - scheduled to open its doors in December, 2020.|
|Sage Seniors Association||$6,000||$46,000||2010||The funds grants to Sage Seniors Association will allow us to host support groups for seniors who have experienced abuse, and seniors living with hoarding disorder.|
|Shiloh Youth Ranch||$4,000||$24,750||2009||This will enable kids and youth to experience the best summer of their lives.|
|Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF) Society||$5,000||$81,000||2004||The funds granted today will allow us to provide play based therapy to over 15 children this year and to their families. This pilot program would not have been made possible without funders like the foundation.|
|The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation||$10,000||$10,000||2020||The funds granted to the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation will bring you provide the comforts of home, along with safety, hope and healing to hundreds of individuals fleeing terrifying circumstances at home.|
|The Mustard Seed Foundation||$15,000||$24,500||2002||This gift will allow us to purchase a new commercial stove and dishwasher for The Mustard Seed’s Mosaic Centre and serve 75 adults and children per week through our collective kitchen program and up to 1,400 meals per month through our new daily meal program.|
|The Today Family Violence Help Centre (The Today Centre)||$5,000||$48,000||2011||The funds granted to The Today Centre will fund 59 emergency cell phones to keep individuals and their children safe from family violence.
|University of Alberta, ISTAR (Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research)||$5,000||$5,000||2004||The funds granted to ISTAR’s Client Support Program will allow 5 individuals to be fully funded, or up to 16 families to be supported with partial funding depending on their financial situation.|
|WINGS of Providence Society||$5,000||$76,000||1994||The funds granted to WINGS will allow us to continue to provide nutrition and sustenance to children ages 3 mos - 12 years who have all left homes where domestic violence was prevalent. We will be able to improve the quality of life for approximately 50 children and 30 families who have escaped abuse and are working toward safe, bright, healthy futures.|
|Y.E.S.S Youth Empowerment and Support Services||$20,000*||$245,000||1989||The funds from the Realtors Community Foundation will support YESS programs that focus on untreated trauma and provide vital resources for youth such as trauma care and therapy, addictions counselling, education and employment support, and a safe place to stay while they work on their goals.|
*these charities are flagship charities announced in 2020. They will be receiving three-year term pledges. Learn more about our flagship charities here.