About the Calgary Chinook Fund

The Calgary Chinook Fund was established in 2001 by a group of donors to assist in the funding of groups involved in LGBTQ+  issues, education and support in the Calgary area.

The group established the Chinook Lesbian and Gay Endowment Fund to raise a fund of money that would be properly invested by the Calgary Foundation, with the income earned on the fund being given away each year as grants. The fund would therefore spin off grants forever, with the grants increasing as the fund (and income on it) grew.

The purpose of the organization is to support and build the LGBTQ+ Community in Calgary.

The Advisory Committee

The Calgary Chinook Fund members act as the advisory committee and fundraising body. It’s members are from Calgary’s LGBTQ+ Community. All committee members are donors to the fund. The Advisory Committee decides on the annual allocation of fund recipients.


  • Gordon Sombrowski


  • Chris Post
  • Brian Clark
  • Dave Emond
  • Bryan Clarke

Thank you to our Past Committee Members

  • Michel Bourque
  • Tony Hailu
  • Jason Hamilton
  • Gary Courtney
  • Jane Durango
  • Gael MacLeod
  • Susan Cress
  • Pam Krause
  • Martin Harvey
  • Kelly Ernst
  • Amy Skinner
  • Troy Mayes
  • Kevin Allen

Thank you to our Ambassadors

  • Dan MacGregor
  • Harry Ulmer

Thank you to the many donors and volunteers.


Thank you to our sponsors, whose generosity has allowed us to hold an annual Chinook Fund Dinner as our major fundraising event. The  Chinook Dinner Presenting Sponsor is TD, our raffle glass piece donor/sponsor Bee Kingdom Glass, and our 2018 dinner host and sponsor is HY’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar

Community Partners


About the Fund

To see our procedural rules and terms of reference, click on the links




2 Replies to “About the Calgary Chinook Fund”

  1. Is this a registered charity? Also if I donate will you issue a chitable receipt? And not ever contact me

  2. Hi Tom – We are an endowment with the Calgary Foundation, who is a registered charity. Receipts for donations to the Chinook Fund are therefore issued by the Calgary Foundation. Thanks.

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