The Calgary Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund is an endowment fund established to provide ongoing long-term funding of Calgary organizations deserving of and in need of support. Each year the fund accrues income and a portion of this income is distributed by the Fund’s advisory committee in support of charitable Gay and Lesbian causes.
All donations are deposited with and managed by The Calgary Foundation’s Chinook Lesbian and Gay Endowment Fund. The Fund supports charitable organizations providing services, programming, education, and support for and about the LGBT community. Groups must be aimed at promoting tolerance and inclusiveness within Calgary.
The endowment will provide funds to registered charitable organizations that are concerned with providing any or all of the following services: information, education, resources, and counselling for and about Calgary’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities, their parents, family, and friends and interested parties. Eligible organizations create networking and community building among all people by providing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered support, education, and resources.
The fund will have as its primary scope of funding to provide core funding including but not limited to administration, programming, education, community services, and supplies, materials, and rent or leasing fees.
We need your help to grow the Fund and by doing so provide support to organizations that make a difference in our city and in the lives of Calgary’s LGBT community. Donations made to the Chinook Fund compound over time making your charitable dollar’s impact last year in and year out.
The Fund has the flexibility to provide assistance each year where the help is needed most. For example, one year the Fund may provide seed money to assist programming promoting inclusiveness in our schools or the needs of helping prevent a health crisis, whereas in another year the public education value of a theatrical performance may receive assistance.
By combining individual donations with those of others, built up over years and invested and managed professionally, we are confident the Fund will play a more and more important roll in improving our city, our LGBT community, and our daily lives in it.
We can improve our community by encouraging positive change and responding to emerging needs!