2020 Grant Recipients Announced

We are thrilled to announce the Chinook Fund Grant recipients totaling $22,850 for 2020! 

Alberta Playwrights’ YOUth Riot 2021

Calgary Men’s Chorus’ Virtual Season

Queer Arts Society’s Queer for the Holidays

Sharp Foundation’s Stories of Pride

Congratulations!  And thank you for everything you do for our community.

The Chinook Fund 2020 Fundraising Campaign Begins!

In the early days of the pandemic, it became clear hosting a large indoor dinner was not on this year. Although we considered alternative formats, we ultimately decided to take a pandemic pause on hosting any kind of events in 2020.

We hope the Chinook Fund Dinner will be back in the Fall of 2021.

In the meantime, we are continuing to raise funds for our endowment, safely deposited with the Calgary Foundation. The need in our community continues.  Our goals is to raise $50,000.  If we are successful, our endowment will surpass $600,000 and allow us to grant nearly $25,000 in 2021.

We hope you will join us….and give like there is a tomorrow.

Risk-Free Philanthropy

COVID-19 has changed everything, including how we will fund raise for the Chinook Fund this year.  Watch for a campaign that does not expose anyone to the virus in the Fall, when we normally host the dinner, in an effort to continue to build our endowment.

We are extremely grateful to TD Canada Trust for their continued support of the Fund.  We are in the last year of our three-year sponsorship agreement with TD and, despite the fact that we will not be hosting any events this year, TD is honoring their commitment to the fund and the monies that would ordinarily defray the costs of our events will be donated to the Fund directly.

Our ask is that we follow TD’s lead and still give like there is a tomorrow.  Details to come.

Chinook Fund Dinner Takes a Pandemic Pause

The Chinook Fund Advisory Committee has made the difficult decision to not host any events in 2020.  The COVID-19 pandemic is causing too much uncertainty for us to proceed with planning one or more events this year.

Although we considered different options that might satisfy public health requirements, none seemed appropriate for us. We consistently hear from you that your favorite part of every Chinook Fund event is the opportunity to socialize with long-time and new friends.  This year, none of the event options would make for a very congenial event.  A series of small outdoor gatherings of no more than ten masked socially-distanced donors at a time might prevent transmission of the virus… but it doesn’t sound like fun.  And though Zoom meetings were new and exciting in April, we’ve all grown a bit tired of them as well.

While we take a pause on hosting events, organizations in our local LGBTQ community may be particularly vulnerable this year, which is why the pause on events should not equate to a pause in building the fund for today and the future.

The Chinook Fund Dinner in the Age of COVID

For our 10th anniversary we are proposing to change things up.  Rather than host a fundraising dinner in October, at one of Calgary’s great dining venues, we are proposing to host a series of smaller, outdoor fundraising gatherings between July 15 and September 15.  

We know outdoor events are safer than indoor.  Although Stage 2 of Alberta’s re-launch plan allows for outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people we aren’t comfortable hosting (or attending!) an event of that size.  We think smaller is safer.  Better to host 4-6 gatherings of 20’ish of our donors in the beautiful backyard setting of one of our Advisory Committee members.  Essentially, a series of Chinook Fund Garden Parties, held throughout the summer months. 

The events will allow us to socialize, at a distance, while giving back to the community.