Calgary Children’s Foundation – Thank You

Thank you Calgary! We raised $265,800 for the Calgary Children’s Foundation this Pledge Day. We couldn’t have done it without your support.

The 2018 application form for funding is available here.  Please read and carefully follow the instructions as there are changes from previous years. Questions can be directed to Betty Jo Kaiser:

On Pledge Day, we asked listeners to phone-in 403-974-8255, come by the 770 CHQR studios, or click here and make donations that will benefit kids-in-need throughout the Calgary area.

Pledge Day is focused on small, grassroots charities who are not able to hold massive fundraisers or manage sophisticated communications. Pledges of financial support are called in by 770 CHQR listeners, individuals, retailers and corporations for the Calgary Children’s Foundation (CCF).

WATCH BELOW: How Pledge Day has helped students at the Janus Academy

Those who have raised funds for the CCF in the months prior to Pledge Day are welcome to present their cheques on-air. We also invite local celebrities and sports personalities to be a part of the radio program.

The Calgary Children’s Foundation

In 1974, CHQR radio created “Light up a Child’s Life” in support of the Cerebral Palsy Association but as the city grew and children’s needs became more diverse, The Calgary Children’s Foundation was established.

Since 1992, the foundation has raised money for small children’s charities in the Calgary Area.  Many recipients are not in a position to do large-scale fundraising or sophisticated communications.

Others reach a large number of children-in-need and/or kids who are falling through the cracks because they live at or just above the poverty line. Many of these children need just a small amount of support to see a big result.

Money raised is used to help provide breakfast or lunch to hungry kids, or bring children together with their peers to talk, play, laugh and enjoy being a kid –regardless of limitations or differences.

Support is also provided to kids with very special, often severe physical and/or mental challenges.

Some programs simply offer a safe place for kids to be after school, while their parents finish up work. Others offer something “larger than life” – such as a summer camp experience.

Occasionally, help is provided to children with very specific or “one-off” needs.

All of the childrens’ programs we fund help support kids with either one or a combination of all of these challenges:  physical, mental, financial, and/or social.

Donations received by the first Friday of December are distributed to local charities in the spring. 90 per cent of the donations go directly to the front lines and 770 CHQR Radio, Associations Plus and the Westin Calgary absorb almost all of the overhead. Here are some of the many charities that have received funding:

  • School-Based Mental Health Team
  • Pace Kids
  • EvenStart
  • Brown Bagging It for Calgary’s Kids
  • Janus Academy
  • KidsWorld Outreach
  • CASP *( Albert Park/Radisson Heights Community After School)
  • EvenStart for Children Society
  • GRIT(Getting Ready for Inclusion Today)
  • Inn From the Cold
  • Ability Society
  • Highbanks Society
  • Providence
  • Closer to Home Community Services
  • Between Friends Club
  • AARC – Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre
  • Kids Up Front
  • Stardale Girls Aboriginal program
  • Connections Counseling & Consulting Foundation
  • Northern Star Mother’s Milk Bank
  • Stardale
  • Heartbeats Society


Donate moneyDonate securities

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Donate appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds, segregated funds and flow-through shares and take advantage of tax benefits.

A gift of securities is a cost-effective opportunity to transform an asset into immediate and significant support for The Calgary Children’s Foundation. By donating publicly traded securities, you eliminate the capital gains tax that becomes payable if you were to sell the appreciated securities on the market and donate the proceeds from the sale to the Calgary Children’s Foundation.

View an illustration of the benefits of making a gift of appreciated securities.

The benefits of donating securities include:

  • Satisfaction of seeing your gift put to good use today
  • A charitable tax receipt
  • No capital gains tax paid
  • Donating part of your stock and retaining the remainder for personal use

Registered charities that have programs and services to help children in-need in Calgary and surrounding area (southern Alberta) are welcome to apply for funding through the Calgary Children’s Foundation. The grant application will be available February 1st, 2017.

Applications for funding will be available In February 1st. The application deadline for funding is March 31, 2018. However, if you have an emergent funding need; please contact the Calgary Children’s Foundation to explain your urgent situation and the board may consider funding out-side the usual giving time-frame. Inquiries can be made by contacting the administrator, Betty Jo Kaiser, at, or by calling 403-974-8255.


Take a look at Pledge Day 2017!