About the evening
Thanks to you, over 900 agencies, work places, government officials and community members came together to celebrate raising $50.7 million to solve the unignorable issues in our city in the 2018 campaign. The sold out, action-packed evening included many event highlights including an interactive engagement area, dinner, awards, campaign highlights, and a live performance by special guest and local artist, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.
Thank you for doing local good.
An attendee writes down a way to do local good.
A few attendees engage in the #Unignorable bird cage.
2018 co-chairs Dave Smith & Noralee Bradley, Karen Young, and 2019 co-chairs Nancy Foster & Marc Joiner.
Karen Young celebrates with the University of Calgary, winners of the President’s Award.
Special guest and local artist Michael Bernard Fitzgerald performing on stage.
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Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy
Awarded to two next generation professional leaders in Calgary, this award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to shape the future of our great city through community involvement and charitable giving.
Adam Le Dain and Brennan O’Yeung
Awards of Excellence – Under 500 Employees / Over 500 Employees
This award recognizes candidates, in the over 500 employee category, that have demonstrated outstanding and innovative campaigns with 40% average participation over 3 years, and candidates in the under 500 employee category that have demonstrated outstanding and innovative campaigns with 50% average participation over 3 years. One award will be given to organizations with over 500 employees and one to organizations with under 500 employees.
Gen Next Award
This award recognizes organizations that have engaged the next generation of professionals (20 and 30 year olds) through leadership, educational activities, or by involving them on their Campaign Committee.
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
Welcome to United Way
This award recognizes organizations that are supporting United Way for the first time. To be eligible, the organization must not have conducted an employee campaign at any time within the past five years. Eligible candidates demonstrate a commitment to the community by empowering their employees or the community to give, volunteer, and act.
Paramount Resources Ltd.
Power of One
This award recognizes a United Way campaign volunteer who has exceeded expectations and created a greater awareness of United Way, in the community and workplace, through their personal involvement and initiative.
Kristen Brown, Fluor Canada Ltd.
Core to the Community
This award recognizes organizations and employees who have demonstrated outstanding support of the Core Giving Program, which includes donors who give up to $1,199 per year. The nominated organizations have demonstrated excellent use of the Core Giving materials, have high participation and engagement rates, and have shown an increase in their Core donor base and Core dollars raised over the previous year.
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
Leading the Way
This award recognizes organizations and employees who have demonstrated outstanding support of the Leadership Giving program, which includes individuals who give $1,200 to $9,999 on an annual basis. The candidates have shown a significant increase in Leadership donors and dollars over the previous year.
McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd.
Spirit of Innovation
An award presented to organizations that support United Way in new, innovative, and exciting ways.
Perpetual Energy Inc. & TransAlta Corporation
Quantum Leap – Under 500 Employees / Over 500 Employees
This award recognizes organizations, and their respective employees, that have achieved a significant increase in the number of donors and funds raised during this year’s campaign, in comparison to the previous year. One award will be given to organizations with over 500 employees and one to organizations with under 500 employees.
Spirit of Volunteerism
This award recognizes organizations and their employees who have demonstrated outstanding support for employee volunteerism. Examples include United Way’s year-round Day of Caring ® projects, hosting United Way speakers at events, hosting or attending an Immersive Experience, having a strong campaign planning committee and/or ambassador group, and utilizing engagement activities, which demonstrate strong volunteer spirit.
Shell Canada Limited
This award recognizes an initiative or agency that has implemented a socially innovative idea which led to a community or organizational change. It represents those who aren’t afraid to seek solutions that are both extraordinarily innovative and untraditional in their approach.
Canadian Mental Health Association & Calgary Reads
George Blondeau Aboriginal Support and Awareness Builder
This award recognizes agencies, and their employees, who exemplify a commitment to support Indigenous communities, while building awareness through their services. The award is presented to agencies that are true leaders in incorporating Indigenous inclusiveness in their policies, planning, service design, or staff development.
Calgary Legal Guidance
Together We Can
This award recognizes significant partnerships among community agencies, community groups, government, businesses, and/or citizens to address and alleviate complex social problems that can’t be solved by one sector or organization alone. Eligible candidates have identified a community issue and partnered with others to address the issue by influencing systems and policy change, developing collaborative approaches that strengthen the network and capacity of non-profits and or citizens, and achieving outcomes that would not be possible alone.
Calgary Drop-In Centre
The community we live in impacts the opportunities Calgarians have in life. Research shows living in neighbourhoods with high levels of poverty can negatively impact life expectancy, physical and mental health, early childhood development, and overall quality of life. This award recognizes agencies and their employees who exemplify a strong commitment to mobilize community members in addressing the issues that matter to them.
Individual Award of Excellence
This award recognizes an individual or a couple who have demonstrated extraordinary philanthropic efforts through their long time support of United Way and our community.
David and Megan Cornhill
Honoured for exceptional contribution to United Way and our community, this organization has been chosen for this special recognition because of its inspiring commitment and efforts in support of our city.
University of Calgary
This award celebrates noteworthy workplace campaigns within each division. Appreciating the diversity in size and scope of our 800+ workplaces, the winning organization has exhibited strong management support, a significant increase in Leadership Giving and total donations, a surge in employee engagement, or has taken a fresh and innovative approach to their United Way campaign. All candidates embody United Way’s philosophy of community impact.
Public Sector: The Alberta Energy Regulator
Oil & Gas: Tourmaline Oil Corp.
Real Estate: Brookfield Properties
We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support and continued participating in our organization.
With your support, we are able to host impactful events such as Spirits of Gold.