October 31st, 2020

Philanthropists in our community

By Submitted Article on November 15, 2019.

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Submitted by AFP Southern Alberta Chapter

Lethbridge is the second-most philanthropic city in Canada according to a report released in February by Statistics Canada. Lethbridge has held that ranking for two years now with a median charitable donation of $700. On Thursday, the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Southern Alberta Chapter (AFP) celebrated this philanthropic spirit during the fifth annual Inspiring Philanthropy Awards Luncheon presented by the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta (CFLSA at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge.

“Philanthropy changes lives,” said Charleen Davidson, executive director of the CFLSA. “Without the generosity of donors, countless services and programs in our community would either be scaled back significantly or cease to exist completely. This is why the Community Foundation is proud to sponsor the Inspiring Philanthropy Awards. For us, this is a fantastic opportunity to recognize and thank local philanthropists for all that they do to build a vibrant and inclusive community.”

The Inspiring Philanthropy Awards honour six local philanthropists and the event is made possible and successful through support of local businesses and organizations that are exceptional philanthropists in their own right.

Major sponsors for the event included ATB Financial, Chinner Joss Wealth Advisory Group, Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, Fee Simple Law, Global Philanthropic (Canada), Servus Credit Union and Select People Solutions.

“In order to be a part of a community, you need to take some responsibility for it. We see examples of bias and racism in our communitiesÉ philanthropy is the antidote,” said Michael Marcotte, Owner of Prime Catering.

When speaking of the importance of philanthropy in our community, Prime Catering & the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge has been a supporter of AFP’s initiatives for years and sponsored the venue for this year’s event.

“Lethbridge and southern Alberta is a community that has provided us and our families with numerous opportunities, so we see philanthropy as a way to give back to the community that shaped who we are,” added Matthew McHugh of Fee Simple Law, one of the award category sponsors. >

Dennis Chinner of the Chinner Joss Wealth Advisory Group also spoke strongly of the value of philanthropy, remarking, “By investing our time and money in the world around us, we attempt to make positive societal change. For us, the societal impact is the driver, but ironically, by diving into philanthropic work, we have no choice but to strive to be better ourselves. Giving changes the giver, the recipient, and society.”

AFP Southern Alberta Chapter is proud to announce a new scholarship for a Grade 12 or first-year post-secondary student to mark the fifth anniversary of the Inspiring Philanthropy Awards Luncheon in Lethbridge. The $1,000 scholarship will support a student who best exemplifies positive civic and community support through their interest in, commitment to, and active involvement in volunteer and philanthropic causes.

For more details on this scholarship, including application form, students are encouraged to visit the AFP website at https://www.community.afpglobal.org/afpabsouthernchapter.

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