An Endowment that Gives Forever

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 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.

$322,500 – Current Fund Balance

2016 Grant Recipients:

Calgary Outlink

Program for LGBT Seniors

Boys & Girls Club

Program for LGBT Youth

Theatre Outre

Funding for the Art


Eligible Organizations

The endowment will provide funds to registered charitable organizations that are concerned with providing any or all of the following services:

  • education
  • information
  • resources
  • counselling

For and about Calgary’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities (LGBTQ), along with parents, family, and friends.

Eligible organizations create networking and community building among all people by providing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered support, education, and resources.

Scope of Funding

The fund will have as its primary scope of funding to provide core funding including but not limited to:

  • administration
  • education
  • community services
  • supplies
  • materials
  • rent or leasing fees

Why Should I Give?

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 role 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!


Thank you to our Sponsors



August 27th, 2017 the Chinook Lesbian & Gay Fund will be hosting the 1st Family Pride Picnic, at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association Hall & Park, at 917 Centre Avenue NE, from 2pm to 5pm. Bring your family for an afternoon of food, beverages, games, and fun – all at no charge.

Thanks to the TD  for it’s generous grant and assistance to make this event possible!



This year’s annual dinner will occur on October 26th, at the WORKSHOP Kitchen & Culture – 608 1st St SW – so mark your calendars!

This event is the Chinook Fund’s major fundraising event each year. We buy you dinner and request in return a 100% tax deductible donation to our fund, that is then deposited with and managed by the Calgary Foundation.

At the dinner our yearly grants are awarded and our ‘Hero Award’ is presented.

We hope to see you there!

Thanks to our longtime sponsors, the TD  and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation for  their generous support of the dinner!


It’s Official! The Chinook Fund had its Most Successful Year. Thank you!

We are happy to report that The Chinook Fund had it’s best year ever, despite the current economic difficulties. Thanks to all our supporters, old and new, for coming through for us in 2016! Chinook Fund Dinner Report On October 19th we held our Chinook Fund Dinner, at the Nash Restaurant in Inglewood. About 100 …