Founded in 1996, the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta has established roots and inspires philanthropy by providing a way for anyone to leave a lasting legacy. Standing apart in the field of charitable giving, we are dedicated to enriching the quality of community life in the region. Community Foundations are not charities supporting their own programs, nor do they compete with other agencies for funds. Rather, we pool the charitable gifts of many donors to cultivate and grow permanently endowed legacy funds to provide lasting support for local priorities. Income earned by the permanent funds is distributed to support a broad range of community agencies, while the original investment is left to grow over time.
The three principle roles of a community foundation are to:
1. Cultivate and grow permanently endowed legacy funds which are invested wisely for the long term benefit of the community
2. Share the legacies by making effective grants from the investment earnings to seed, nurture and support a broad range of community initiatives
3. Provide leadership in their communities by encouraging collaboration among charitable agencies, facilitating learning and convening opportunities for all