Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has raised more than $2.4 million to help support local communities.
The core giving programs that the Western Communities Foundation supports are:
Ally Cramm - Rowan House"The Western Communities Foundation has been a huge supporter of the Rowan House. Over the last number of years we received a couple of really amazing donations. One being a number of Build-a-Bears and a second being baby boxes"
Shayla Mulholland - Student"The Western Communities Foundation gave me a $500 scholarship to start me on my University career"
Pat MacDonald - Vice Principal, Holy Spirit Academy"Thanks to this huge donation of $100,000 we've been able to get into the playgrounds and hire people to clean them up, bring in some new equipment and enhance our community overall."
Scott - High River Resident"We're just very thankful for the support that Western has given us since the flood. Western has been such a presence in this community with different events that they've sponsored. We're very thankful for it and appreciate it very much."
Deb Gardner - High River Library"We're very grateful for the donation. It was a gift of $12,000 which has allowed us to add some shelving units and four workstations for the public internet access"
Community Infrastructure Grants
Each year, the Western Communities Foundation awards a series of $5,000 infrastructure grants to support community projects identified by Western staff.
The Community Infrastructure Grant program is designed to enable a branch to apply to support a major community infrastructure project for renovation or construction of a community’s publicly owned asset (arena, park, library, community hall, pool, etc.).
Overall, the Western Community Foundation infrastructure grants have contributed more than $1,000,000 to community projects.
Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards
The Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards are awarded to a local high school graduates in communities that are served by Western Financial Group who:
- Have displayed outstanding community and/or school spirit as an organizer, participant, or volunteer and/or
- Have demonstrated inspirational conduct – whether an act of heroism or leadership in a crisis and/or
- Have overcome adversity (mental/physical disability), financial hardship, family issues, etc.
The students may be nominated by any member of the school teaching staff, support or administrative staff, or by a member of the parent school council.
To date, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 700 Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards.
In 2005, the Western Communities Foundation launched the Matching Grant program whereby it matches – up to $500 – funds raised by employees in support of a local community project.
Examples of Matching Grant initiatives include fundraising support for local community projects or charities through initiatives such as a bake sale, staff jeans day or prize draws.
To date, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 170 Matching Grants investing over $75,000 into communities across western Canada.
Goal Achievers Community Program
For those locations that achieve their fundraising goal ($100 per employee) in the Support the Cause Campaign, they will be able to apply to keep 50% of the total funds raised. These funds can be donated through the Western Communities Foundation to a local community project governed by a registered charity or the municipality