As we approach the end of the year at the Foundation office, we would like to share some of the great impact made through granting in the region for 2021!
Recently completing our annual granting cycle, it is exciting to announce over 80 grants and student awards totaling more than $265,000 were awarded in the Northwestern Alberta region. The need is great in our communities and we are pleased to have relationships with many agencies in our communities and were able to include all age groups in this funding! Connecting donors and fund holders to the causes that are near and dear to them, is important, so a big thank you to those who put their trust in the Foundation to take care of their charitable needs and impact our region.
We are still seeing affects from Covid-19 across the region and with our Better Together COVID-19 Response Fund, have also been able to fund organizations throughout the year that have emergent needs. The Foundation continues to monitor and connect with agencies to help acquire necessary funding. In addition, the Community Gratuity Project, kicked off November 15 to continue this initiative. See more below to find out how you can join us in creating gratitude and affecting community needs.
Watch for our “Year in Review” video, to be released in late December, to announce the entirety of the impact our donors and fund holders, were able to make through the Foundation.
Rhonda Reichert, Executive Assistant
Photos below include some of the impact made in 2021 (watch for a Year In Review in December for more!) – Donor – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Grande Prairie Public Library – Project Full Stop – Ending Period Poverty, Jennifer Henson Memorial Fund – Jeff Henson and family, Regional EMS Foundation – Cheryl Weaver and Trusty, Student Award Recipient – Joshua Boissonnault, Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society
Rex and Karin Marshall Education and Wellness Fund
Working with young minds to give children the skills to investigate and utilize their environment has been the goal and indeed, occupation for some thirty-five years for Rex and Karin Marshall. Years spent at the Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High levels. Thirty of these years were in the Beaverlodge area of the County of Grande Prairie school system. Read the rest of Rex and Karin Marshall’s story here – https://www.buildingtomorrowtoday.com/rex-and-karin-marshall-education-and-wellness-fund/
Community Gratuity Project
The Community Gratuity Project is a social media campaign that will have videos and messages of appreciation and kindness posted on various foundation social media platforms, and part fundraiser, with donations for the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund being accepted.
2. Make a donation
3. Email your gratuity post to firstname.lastname@example.org (if you’re sending a video keep it to 1 minute or less please)
Northwestern Alberta’s Vital Signs
Northwestern Alberta’s Vital Signs provides a snapshot of quality of life in the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, the MD of Greenview and local communities. The report highlights where our strengths are as communities and as a region, and tackles tough subjects, showing our most pressing issues. Visit – https://www.buildingtomorrowtoday.com/vital-signs/ to find out more!