Alberta Ecotrust Foundation


Welcome to Alberta Ecotrust

Together: Creating the Future We Want in the Environment We Need

Since 1992, Alberta Ecotrust has invested more than $7 million in the people and projects that are  helping make Alberta a stronger, more sustainable place to live, work and play.

Leading Collaborations and Networks
Grow your leadership skills and confidence through this seven week series

Institute for Conservation Leadership LogoLeading a collaboration, coalition or network is very different from leading a single organization or team. With generous support from Alliance Pipeline, Alberta Ecotrust is partnering with the Institute for Conservation Leadership to offer a seven week course to help nonprofits meet the challenges of cooperative work.

The Leading Collaborations and Networks course will enhance your effectiveness as a leader with new skills, self-awareness, and perspective on what it takes to successfully lead collaborative initiatives. 

Weekly training sessions begin May 7.  More...

Save the Date! Annual General Meeting on April 23rd
Join us as we celebrate another year of positive environmental action in Alberta

What better way to follow up Earth Day then by celebrating environmental achievements with your friends and colleagues at our Annual General Meeting?

Please mark it in your calendar and plan to join us from 4 – 6pm  on April 23rd. This annual gathering of friends, colleagues and supporters offers the usual mix of inspiring speakers, great food, and spirited environmental conversations.


Our official invitations will be out soon. 

Supporting Environmental Organizations in 2014
We're launching new initiatives to support and strengthen nonprofits in Alberta

The Calgary FoundationAlberta Ecotrust has three primary program focuses: grantmaking, capacity building and collaboration for environmental action. Our goal is that Ecotrust investments help environmental nonprofits more effectively deliver programs and projects that result in success.  

Thanks to a generous grant from The Calgary Foundation, we are investigating new trends in social innovation and ways to support and strengthen environmental nonprofits in Alberta. Over the coming year we will update our capacity program and launch several initiatives that improve the capacity of the environmental sector. In addition to our Leading Collaborations and Networks online series, and new opportunities for collective impact in our Grant Program, we have several exciting projects coming up. More...

Environment Lethbridge
New organization aims to support municipal sustainability

Environment Lethbridge LogoLast month we were excited to support the launch of Environment Lethbridge, a new organization committed to municipal sustainability in our southern neighbour. Environment Lethbridge aims to support municipal policy development and the implementation of environmental initiatives within the community. Working directly with the city, Environment Lethbridge will be a key player in helping to establish local and active leadership in environmental stewardship and innovation.

After three years of planning from a dedicated group of volunteers, the organization officially launched at an event on January 30th with 105 people in attendance, including the Mayor, two City Councilors and one MLA. The event included several speakers and a roundtable discussion which served to inspire and provide ideas for the future.

Grant Program Update
Retooling our Grant Program for maximum impact

The Alberta Ecotrust Board of Directors and staff have been hard at work looking at the Alberta Ecotrust model and programs. We are exploring a number of opportunities to increase our own impacts as an important environmental grantmaker, capacity builder and convener.

We need just a little more time, so are not accepting grant applications in the spring of 2014. We know this may be tough for those seeking funds now. The good news is that ALL our resources and attention will be invested in new grants for the fall.

We will be engaging our ENGO partners and grantees in a number of ways over the next few months to ensure your input into future programs. Please return to our website periodically or connect with us on social media for updates on our grant program.  More...

Announcing Our Fall Grantees
Grant Review Committee funds nine new projects in Alberta

Fall Grantee LogosTwice 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...


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