Over the past few
decades the generosity of Calgarian’s has been great and the Foundations
endowment has grown substantially. With this growth comes a
responsibility to lead change. We’re
evolving into an entity that can take on some key issues in our community and
rally resources around them. We call them
our Vital Priorities. It’s a game-changing step in our evolution
and is in direct response to the changes happening in society and the very
nature of philanthropy. It’s an
absolutely necessary step we take in order to deliver on our promise of “for community,
Though we have
identified areas that require greater leadership, the work we support is never
siloed. It would be impossible to focus
on one single priority because there are connections and crossovers among all
the issues we face as a community. Priorities help focus some of our work, but one thing remains clear: We will continue with our robust 360º grantmaking process to touch every corner of our community.
Our work is grounded in knowledge, focused through
experience, inspired by relationships and pulled forward by a strong
vision. We’re not at a crossroads or at
a fork in the road. We’re on a focused
learning journey, buoyed by the confidence our donors put in us, the
encouraging and uplifting work of our grantees and a process of making
connections that deepens our understanding of our community. We call this THE VITAL JOURNEY.
Defining Vital Priorities
Through multi-staged consultations and extensive analysis of research, five vital priorities were identified.