"Downtown Corridor" by Calgary-based artist, Amy Dryer
Guidelines for Recommending Donor Advised Grants
We encourage you to use our secure, online DonorCentral
service to make your grant recommendations.
When to grant (Donor Advised Endowment Funds)
Grant recommendations can be submitted at any time during our fiscal year between April 1st and February 28th. Grants are processed twice a month, all year long.
|April||Amounts available to grant calculated |
|May - June ||Confirmation of amounts available to grant for the fiscal year sent to Fund Contacts|
|February 28||Deadline for grant recommendations for the current fiscal year|
Who can receive grants?
Qualified Donees primarily include:
- Registered Canadian charities
- Registered Canadian amateur athletic associations
- Certain universities outside of Canada
- Canadian municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments
Discovering what matters to you
It can take time to find the causes that matter to you most and discover the organizations that are making meaningful impacts in those areas. Searching a range of resources is the best way to get the full picture of who is doing what, and how effectively they are doing it.
Calgary Foundation resources:
- Calgary's Vital Signs Report – an
annual community check-up that measures the vitality of our community,
identifies significant trends, and assigns grades in a range of areas critical
to quality of life.
- Community Grants – recent grants are listed on our website and we can provide you with a confidential list of current Community Grant applicants, upon request. Organizations spanning the
charitable sector submit applications in spring and fall for these grants,
which receive the review of our staff and volunteer committees. The grants
promote a healthy, vibrant community that embraces diversity and supports all
of its members.
- SPUR magazine –
inspiring stories of philanthropists and community projects in an award-willing
magazine that is mailed to you each spring and fall
- Individual charity websites
– accessible through CKC (above) or internet searches
- Internet searches for news
articles and public announcements (ensure the source is reliable)
- Trusted friends and family members
- Direct conversations with charities
- Searchable databases:
- Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Charities Listing website – searchable listing of all registered charities in Canada; shares information
from organizations’ annual Registered Charity Information Returns including
revenues, expenses, compensation levels, Board members, basic description of
programs, and contact information. While a very helpful resource, errors have been known to
be made on this site so if something seems amiss, check other sources or call
- Canada Helps – online donation platform that provides descriptions and links to various Canadian charities.
- Charity Intelligence – rates a number of
Canadian charities based on transparency, accountability, need and efficiency; focus is strongly on financial performance vs. social impact.