Western Communities Foundation
Western Communities Foundation
To express our appreciation and demonstrate our support for the western communities where we live and work, Western Financial Group founded the non-profit Western Communities Foundation in 2002 under the Income Tax Act of Canada (Registration #87030 2619 RR0001).
The mission of the Western Communities Foundation is to give back to the communities that we live and work in as well as promote pride in our employees through our involvement in a variety of charitable programs focused on public health, public housing, education and recreation.
The Western Communities Foundation’s primary fundraising programs are:
Support The Cause
Held on the last Wednesday of May each year, Support The Cause is an annual fundraising event that supports the Western Communities Foundation. The event encourages Western’s employees to walk together for 5km in their local communities to raise money for the Western Communities Foundation.
For every employee who participates in the 5km Support The Cause walk, Western will donate $50 on behalf of the individual to the Western Communities Foundation. All participating employees will be given a bright red Support The Cause t-shirt to wear.
Branches and Western employees can also raise money as part of Support The Cause by securing online donations from friends, family and corporate clients through www.supportthecause.ca.
Money raised from Support The Cause is reinvested in the communities which we live and work through the Western Communities Foundation core programs.
Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament
Held annually since 2001, the annual Western Communities Foundation Fall Classic Golf Tournament is an opportunity for Western, our insurance industry and corporate partners to team up for a day of fun on the links to raise funds for the Western Communities Foundation.
Scheduled for early September, the Annual Fall Classic Golf tournament is traditionally held in High River or the Greater Calgary Region.
All funds raised from the event are reinvested in the communities which we live and work through the Western Communities Foundation core programs.
An enjoyable experience for all who attend, our Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament continues to raise a significant amount of money for the Western Communities Foundation.
The core programs that the Western Communities Foundation supports are:
Community Infrastructure Grants
Each year, the Western Communities Foundation awards a series of $5,000 infrastructure grants to support community projects identified by Western staff.
The Community Infrastructure Grant program is designed to enable a branch to apply to support a major community infrastructure project for renovation or construction of a community’s publicly owned asset (arena, park, library, community hall, pool, etc.).
Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Award
The Western Communities Foundation Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Award is awarded to a local high school graduate in each community that is served by Western Financial Group. This bursary, valued at $500, will be awarded to a student who:
- Has displayed outstanding community and/or school spirit as an organizer, participant, or volunteer and/or
- Has demonstrated inspirational conduct – whether an act of heroism or leadership in a crisis.
- Has overcome adversity (mental/physical disability), financial hardship, family issues, etc.
In order to qualify for the award, the student must demonstrate proof of attendance towards further training or education (i.e. college/university, trade school, etc.).
The students may be nominated by any member of the school teaching staff, support or administrative staff, or by a member of the parent school council. The final selection will be made by each high school’s awards committee or by a committee selected by the principal in consultation with the local Western Financial Group branch manager.
In 2005, the Western Communities Foundation launched the Matching Grant program whereby it matches – up to $500 – funds raised by branch staff in support of a local community project.
Examples of Matching Grant initiatives include fundraising support for local community projects or charities through initiatives such as a bake sale, staff jeans day or prize draws.
Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has raised more than $1 million to help support local communities.