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.

$397,369.20 – Fund Balance as at December 31, 2017


Eligible Organizations

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

  • education
  • information
  • resources
  • counselling

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

Eligible organizations create networking and community building among all people by providing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender 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 are added to it’s capital and therefore 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


Chinook Dinner 2018

Watch for the annual Chinook Dinner to be held in late October again this year.

We will again be buying attendees dinner at a fine Calgary restaurant and in return we request a 100% tax deductible donation to our Fund, which is deposited and managed by the Calgary Foundation.

At the dinner our annual grants are awarded and the 2018 Hero Award will be presented to a Calgary area group or person whose contributions to our community warrant receiving this special recognition.

Last years dinner was ‘sold out’ so register early!



August 27th, 2017 the Chinook Lesbian & Gay Fund hosted the 1st Family Pride Picnic, at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association Hall & Park, at 917 Centre Avenue NE.

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



This year’s annual dinner occurred on October 26th, at the WORKSHOP Kitchen & Culture – 608 1st St SW.

This annual event is the Chinook Fund’s major fundraising event. At the dinners 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.

This years dinner was highly successful with contributins of about $50,000 to the Fund.

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