For the last 21 years, the Association for Fundraising Professionals, Calgary and Area Chapter has presented Philanthropy Awareness Week. As the flagship event of the week, The Generosity of Spirit™ Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate philanthropic leaders who make a difference in our community. The awards recognize the many individuals, families, youth, groups, and businesses who demonstrate the spirit of philanthropy through outstanding contributions of time, talent, leadership, and financial support.
With more than 30 years of unwavering commitment to social change in Calgary, it comes as no surprise that Shell Canada Limited was awarded the 2017 Generosity of Spirit Award for Corporate Philanthropy. Nominated by the company’s long-standing community partners, United Way of Calgary and Area and the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre, the award is a reminder of Shell’s social investment in our communities.
Shell and its employees, retirees, and contractors have raised over $85 million for Calgary. Their generous contributions play a crucial role in helping United Way build a great city for all. In 2016 alone, Shell’s support ensured 2,684 Calgarians received basic needs support and 5,680 kids increased their sense of belonging, safety, and identity.
Shell reinforces their impactful support of United Way by encouraging employees to participate in their annual employee campaign, focusing on educational events, fun activities, and community volunteering. Shell Leaders have given their time and expertise to United Way’s annual campaign as Co-Chairs, Cabinet members, and members of our Gen Next and Women’s Leadership Strategies. Since 1998, Shell has seconded their staff to United Way’s sponsored employee program to support our annual campaign.
Over the last 30 years, 5,000 Shell employees have volunteered 7,000 hours of their time to the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre alone. But their generosity doesn’t stop there! They support numerous other organizations, including Brown Bagging for Kids, CNIB, Children’s Cottage, and YWCA, amongst others.
The organization has also shown true leadership in the community in response to recent natural disasters. In 2013, the company hosted a community event in High River for over 700 residents who had been displaced. Eighty employees welcomed families and community members with hampers, blankets, and gas cards. They also provided 1,300 hampers to First Nations communities.
In 2016, Shell supported people in Fort McMurray impacted by wild fires by opening their facilities to house, shelter and evacuate them. Over the course of 81 flights, 8,000 people were evacuated safely and without incident, including children and pets of all kinds. In addition, Shell provided an opportunity for employees to give to the Canadian Red Cross and matched individual contributions. Employee gifts and Shell’s contribution made possible a $1 million donation to the Canadian Red Cross to support the Alberta appeal. In 2017, Shell staff and contractors supported people impacted by the Kenow wild fires and provided muscle power and materials to help get people back on their feet. Shell worked with local agencies and committed $50,000 to support recovery efforts.
Thank you Shell for all that you do for Calgary and area! Our city and communities are richer because you are in it.
Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Fundraising Professional award, Kathleen MacPherson gets things done! In her current role as VP of Campaign and Resource Development at United Way of Calgary and Area, Kathleen is an inspirational leader and mentor. She models the successful building and retention of relationships with staff, senior volunteers, community members, and donors.
Kathleen has elevated the fundraising profession in Calgary. Her past involvement with the Association of Fundraising Professionals as a Board Member and Co-Chair for National Philanthropy Day encouraged other professionals in the city to dedicate their time to raising awareness about the importance of giving. Kathleen has shared the fundraising profession and code of ethics in her local, provincial, national, and international communities.
Kathleen’s fundraising career began after earning her bachelor’s degree in communications and completing the Fundraising Management Program at Mount Royal. In 2003, she began her journey with United Way and has dedicated the past 14 years to helping build Calgary into a great city for all. In her tenure as a fundraising professional, Kathleen has been directly involved in raising over $708.8 million for the Calgary community.
Thank you, Kathleen. Calgary is a caring city because of people like you.