Our History

The concept of the Community Foundation was first introduced to Northwestern Alberta in 1994 to Kim Logan, a local community member. In 1995, a group came together to explore the impact that a Community Foundation might have for this region. This was followed by a visit from Doug McNally, who was at the time Chief Executive Officer of the Edmonton Community Foundation. He shared information about the national movement with this keen group.

Recognizing the opportunity to have a positive impact on community and meet the needs of families, individuals, and companies looking for ways to create a legacy for the place they call home, the group received charitable and not-for-profit status in January 1996, founding the Community Foundation of Greater Grande Prairie.

In 2013, the organization was renamed the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta to reflect the larger region that it serves today. With our office based in Grande Prairie, our region is one of the largest in Alberta and it stretches south to Grande Cache, north to the Northwest Territories, west to the BC border and east to Slave Lake.

The Community Foundation is a public foundation, holding charitable and not-for-profit status. We have had a positive impact on each and every charitable sector in the community by acting as a bridge between the donors and charities of northwestern Alberta. Donor gifts today and/or estate gifts in the future are held forever, to help create and maintain strong, vibrant, and caring communities for generations to come.

In May 2015, we proudly achieved Accreditation under Imagine Canada's National Standards Program. The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and non-profits. The accreditation is designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management, and volunteer involvement.

Since our earliest years, volunteers have been the strength of our organization, dedicating their time, skills, and resources to support growth and development of the Community Foundation. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors, and supported by many other volunteers who work on various committees. 

We are part of Canada's Community Foundation movement, represented by more than 191 community foundations from coast to coast. We are a proud member of Community Foundations of Canada, our national membership organization.

History of Community Foundations

  • 1921 - The Winnipeg Foundation, Canada's first community foundation is established.
  • 1955 - The Calgary Foundation becomes the first community foundation in Alberta. Today, it is among the largest in Canada and is one of more than 10 community foundations in Alberta.
  • 2013 - The Community Foundation of Greater Grande Prairie is renamed the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta to reflect the region it serves.
  • 2017 - 191 Community Foundations across Canada are working to help build more vibrant, healthy, and resilient communities.
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