Each year the Major Donations Committee reviews local community-based projects or initiatives to make funding recommendations for grants over $10,000 for those that meet the charitable interests of our Club. Most of our donations traditionally range $10,000 - $25,000. We fund capital projects as well as programs or services.

 

Our Mission
 
We gather and review requests for financial assistance from Calgary non-profit agencies that support:
 
  • Children's programs
  • Youth at risk
  • Poverty reduction
  • Adult and child literacy
  • Seniors’ assistance
  • Mental health
  • Other community needs
 
The committee looks for proposals that will:
 
  • Impact local community needs
  • Have a sustainable impact beyond the life of the project
  • Be achievable without ongoing financial support from the Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown (“the Rotary Club”)
  • Be targeted to direct community benefit
  • Include financial statements
  • Where appropriate, provide opportunities for hands-on volunteer opportunities for members of the Rotary Club
 
We look especially for projects that:
 
  • Will leverage funds of the Rotary Club with those of other Rotary clubs, community or government funds or private donors
  • Will highlight the role of the Rotary Club so that its reputation may enable it to do more in the community
  • Either build on a prior relationship with the Rotary Club or bring us a new relationship
 

Major Donations Made in the 2019-2020 Rotary Year

 
  • ARBI
$18,000
  • Calgary Reads
$15,000
  • Deaf and Hear Alberta
$20,000
  • Discovery House
$25,000
  • Distress Centre
$16,000
  • I Can for Kids
$24,000
  • NSTEP
$15,000
  • Potential Place
$20,000
 

Donations from the COVID-19 Relief Fund

 
  • Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids
$12,000
  • Calgary Reads
$12,000
  • Distress Centre
$14,000
  • I Can for Kids
$12,000
  • NSTEP
$12,000
  • Youth Centres
$12,000