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.

The Calgary Flames Support for Sport Program has been designed to assist sports organizations in their fundraising efforts to help meet their short-term operating needs. For qualified applicants, the Program will:

  • Open unique fundraising accounts for individual sport non-profit organizations
  • Encourage Calgarians to donate to help sport organizations they care about
  • Provide a platform for participating non-profits to solicit donations from Calgarians, friends and organizational partners
    • Be a registered sport non-profit organization in good standing for a minimum of three (3) years
    • Have objectives or programs that support sport development or sport programming
    • Directly provide programs and services to Calgary athletes
    • Be located within the City of Calgary municipal boundariesHave no administrative costs to participate, however third-party transaction fees may apply.

Applications are now open until October 15, 2020, and can be completed at the Parks Foundation Calgary website at www.parksfdn.com/calgary-flames-support-for-sport.

Successful applicants will be notified of their status within 14 days. Fundraising campaigns will start on September 15, 2020 and will close on December 31, 2020.

Groups will be provided with a marketing package with tools to help promote their cause, but are ultimately responsible for soliciting their own donations, awareness and support.

For more information about Calgary Flames Support for Sport, please contact Parks Foundation Calgary at info@parksfdn.com.

FAQ

Many non-profit organizations have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Parks Foundation has partnered with the Calgary Flames Foundation to develop a NEW fundraising program that will support operational needs of local sport non-profits.

The Calgary Flames Support for Sport Program will assist eligible sport organizations in raising funds by opening a unique fundraising account and leveraging the power of donation matching. Each participating non-profit organization will be eligible for a 50% match by the Flames Foundation on their first $10,000 raised.

Eligible organizations must:

  • Be a registered sport non-profit organization in good standing for a minimum of 3 years
  • Have objectives or programs that support sport development or sport programming
  • Provide direct programs and services to Calgary athletes
  • Have an operating budget of $500,000 or less
  • Be located within the City of Calgary municipal boundaries
  • Complete the application form on the Parks Foundation Calgary website at https://www.parksfdn.com/calgary-flames-support-for-sport
  • Applications will be accepted between September 15th, 2020 and October 16th.
  • It will take up to 14 days for applications to be processed and fundraising accounts activated.
  • The fundraising campaign will run between September 15th, 2020 and December 31st, 2020 11:59pm
  • A unique fundraising account will be set up for each eligible organization and listed on the Parks Foundation donation portal.
  • All donations must be made through the Parks Foundation on-line donation portal. Donors will receive a tax receipt from the Parks Foundation as an Agent of the City of Calgary.
  • It is up to each sport organization to promote the program and solicit donations.

Organizations will receive their raised and matched dollars no later than January 29th, 2021.

  • Funds raised may be used to support the operational requirements of sport organizations, such as rent, insurance, and programming costs.

Questions about the Calgary Flames Support for Sport Program can be directed to the Parks Foundation.

Mainline: 403-974-0751

Email: info@parksfdn.com

  1. Each donation received by the Parks Foundation will be matched by 50% by the Flames Foundation on the first $10,000 raised.

Ex. $100 donated = $150 back to the sport organization;

$1000 donated = $1500 back to the sport organization

  1. Donations received over and above $10,000 will still be accepted on the donation portal but those funds will not be matched.
  2. Each organization has the opportunity to receive up to a maximum of $5,000 in matched donations.
  3. The Flames Foundation has provided up to $200,000 in matching funds, once exhausted, donations will no longer be matched regardless if a sport organization is within their first $10,000 fundraising target.
  4. Each sport organization is required to profile their needs and market their organization to donors, friends, and athletes. They will each be provided a marketing package providing tools and logo requirements for the duration of their campaign.
  1. In order to be eligible for matching funds, all donations must be received through the Parks Foundation online donation portal before December 31st at 11:59pm. Pledges, cheques, cash, or money orders will not qualify for matching funds.
  2. There are no administrative costs to participating. **Third party transaction fees may apply.
  • September 15th, 2020 – October 16th – Applications are open.
  • September 15th, 2020 to December 31st, 2020 11:59pm – Fundraising campaign.
  • January 29th, 2021 – Each participating organization will receive their raised and matched dollars.

The Calgary Flames Foundation mission is to support initiatives that bring positive change to the lives of Southern Albertans. The Flames Foundation is committed to supporting education, health and wellness, and grassroots sports.