Today, Parks Foundation Calgary and Calgary Flames Foundation are pleased to announce a unique new fundraising program called Calgary Flames Support for Sport, which will provide fundraising opportunities and a cash infusion for the city’s grassroots and amateur sports groups and organizations.
Calgary Flames Support for Sport will provide groups with a dedicated fundraising program, with dollars raised by sports teams being boosted with a $200,000 donation from the Calgary Flames Foundation.
To further support fundraising, the Calgary Flames Foundation is providing $200,000 in matching funds through its COVID-19 Community Support Program, by giving a 50% top-up to groups for every dollar they raise on the platform, up to $5,000 per organization. All donations will be eligible to receive a tax receipt.
Says Sheila Taylor, CEO of Parks Foundation Calgary, “COVID-19 has impacted our city in so many ways. We believe that our city’s sport organizations are key to maintaining community connection, leadership and resiliency, and we wanted to ensure they could get the help they need.”
Says Candice Goudie, Executive Director of Calgary Flames Foundation, “The vitality and health of our community is more important than ever. We believe in the power of sport and the benefit of recreation on individual and community wellbeing and we are proud to partner with Parks Foundation Calgary on this initiative that will support this in our City.”
Sport Calgary has reported that about half of all Calgary sport organizations feel they can only sustain operations for six months or less without further assistance, and rent is their number one cost concern. Further, 97 per cent of respondents said they experienced a decrease in revenue from fees, and 74 per cent have experienced a decrease in revenue from fundraising, grants or sponsorship.