Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday …now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on December 3, 2013.
It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and give to others.
By supporting Alberta Ecotrust you are joining forces with involved citizens, environmentalists and corporations to protect our environment and the health of our communities.
Your gift today is an investment in powerful community led programs and projects designed to find innovative solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.
Twice a year, our partners on the Grant Review Committee meet to discuss, deliberate, and ultimately fund important environmental projects across Alberta. Composed of representatives of our corporate partners, and members of the Alberta environmental non-profit community, the review committee faces a daunting task.
This fall, the Alberta Ecotrust Grant Review Commitee was tasked with narrowing the selections down to nine. Almost every proposal is strong in its own right, and selecting the grants with the greatest opportunity for impact is both rewarding and challenging.
Without further adieu, let us introduce our Fall Grantees. More...
What is the value of an Ecotrust grant?
In the short term, even the smallest of grants can create the opportunity for change. In the long term, it may change entire communities and how we interact with the environment around us.
"Beginning in 2004, we wanted to start compiling data of wildlife collisions along Highway 3 by utilizing citizen science combined with online mapping," says Danah Duke, Executive Director at Miistakis Institute. "It is often very difficult to find funders who will take a risk, but Ecotrust fills a unique niche - they will frequently be the first funder in - creating opportunities to get projects off the ground and leverage additional funding."
Six Ecotrust grants, $107,000, and nine years later the entire landscape has changed along the Highway 3 corridor in Crowsnest Pass.
Road Watch in the Pass became the robust citizen science project that Miistakis originally envisioned, and has completely transitioned to a community led and organized program. More...
There are several 'universals' to everyone's morning routine. Get dressed, brush your teeth, shower (most days), and grab a cup of coffee to start the day. For many of us, the desire for a delicious, rich, and lovingly roasted java inevitably leads us to Timmy's, Starbucks or the local cafe in the morning to get a much needed shot of coffee love.
We are usually on the move when we grab a coffee, and take our beverage with us in a go-cup as we head on our merry way. Unfortunately, our affection for coffee, and the inevitable accumulation of paper cups, comes with a cost. Paper coffee cups are almost always lined with a non-compostable plastic liner that can't be recycled in Alberta. This means that all paper coffee cups in Alberta end up in the landfill, even if you send them with good intentions to the recycling bin.
So how many coffee cups end up in the landfill in Calgary? 170,000 a day. More...
Special occasions are a great segue to meaningful celebrations.
Early this year, Alberta Ecotrust received a donation of $15,000 on behalf of SHAW's Recycling Giveback project to encourage clients to recycle used Shaw equipment. SHAW employees volunteered to man eight recycling locations over three days in celebration of Earth Day.
Global Raymac chooses to support the environment. Together with Global Raymac employees, the Alberta-based survey company is fundraising to raise as much as $10,000 for Alberta Ecotrust Foundation’s ongoing work. More...
We are extremely thankful for the generous support of Alberta
Ecotrust Partners and donors and are pleased to provide a report on the
important outcomes of 2012 contributions.
"We truly value the contributions of both our corporate and
environmental Partners. They are engaged; learning together, sharing ideas,
asking questions and making decisions by consensus, says executive director
Pat Letizia. "Whether you are a full-fledged partner, small business or
individual donor, your contribution is vital to our mission," she adds. More...