Thankful for the Airdrie & District Community Foundation

Airdrie & District Community Foundation Logo

Last Friday I attended a special launch luncheon hosted by the Airdrie and District Community Foundation (ADCF) in the Rotary Room of Genesis Place.  I was not sure what to expect as the ADCF has had a remarkably low profile in our community since being originally formed as a non-profit Alberta society in 2007.  Since early 2015, the organization has seemingly been reborn and now, under the leadership of Derek Lalonde Chairman and a 13 member Board of Directors, significant progress has been achieved.

The Airdrie & District Community Foundation received its status as a CRA Registered Charity effective September 1, 2012 in order for individuals, businesses and organizations to participate in the growth of an enduring legacy supporting Airdrie and area through endowments and donations, which will be distributed through programs for community improvements. Legend has it that a long time ago a local Airdrie resident was looking for a way to set up a legacy fund of over $10 million to support local organizations but could not find a way to do so.  As a result, the money went to the Calgary Foundation instead.

ADCF is a member of the Community Foundations of Canada, which has 191 members managing nearly $5 billion in assets and granting over $215 million per year.

ADCF’s focus will be very broad and inclusive.

We support organizations in all aspects of community development. Groups who are not incorporated may apply for Grassroots Grants and Project Grants.  Grants will be Available in the following areas to benefit our Community:

  • Relief of Poverty
  • Education
  • Social Welfare
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Seniors
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • The Arts
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teen Support”

Funds donated to the ADCF will be managed by the Calgary Foundation and the annual earnings will be granted to successful applicants by the ADCF Board.  Information on the process of making donations and where it goes can be found here (Airdrie Foundation – donation & granting flowchart).  Donations to the ADCF can be made at its website or at CanadaHelps.

We are thankful that ADCF is now gaining some momentum as a fund development and grantmaking organization in the Airdrie area.  Local non-profit organizations currently spend far too much of their limited resources in fundraising activities in order to survive.  Resources that could be better invested in doing what they do best; helping people!

 

 

 

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