Recent news and events concerning the Red Deer & District Community Foundation.

(Red Deer, AB) The Red Deer & District Community Foundation has announced the postponement of the 2020 Women of Excellence Awards Gala.

“We had planned on hosting the event on June 13, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, that is not a safe choice for our community this year,” Erin Peden, Executive Director of the Red Deer & District Community Foundation said. “This means we have a really hard secret to keep for the next few months.”

The Women of Excellence Awards Committee had planned on revealing the names of the 2020 Nominees on April 3, but have decided to keep the reveal under wraps until a new date has been determined.

“We are committed as a Foundation and as a Committee to ensure this year’s nominees experience the same level of recognition as nominees have in the past,” Peden said. “These women have invested in our community through a broad spectrum of talents and each and every one of us have benefitted from their ingenuity, their strength and their determination on some level. If we cannot celebrate our nominees in 2020, then we will celebrate them in 2021.”

The Women of Excellence Awards Gala is the annual fundraiser for the Red Deer & District Community Foundation. Since 1989 the Foundation has granted over $11.5 million to charities within Central Alberta and works to identify long term needs while focusing on sustainable solutions.

Most recently, the Foundation committed $50,000 towards immediate support for front line charities in Central Alberta who are experiencing an urgent need for funding due to the COVID-19 Global Crisis. For more information on the Community Response Fund, visit www.RDDCF.ca.

 

(Red Deer, AB) In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Red Deer & District Community Foundation announced on Friday they are committing a minimum of $50,000.00 towards immediate support for front line charities in Central Alberta.

“Our charitable sector is being presented with obstacles they could never have imagined,” Erin Peden, Executive Director said. “As a Community Foundation, we pledge to provide supports wherever possible.”

Earlier this week the Foundation suspended their spring grants in anticipation of greater immediate needs. At present $50,000 has been committed in response to the COVID crisis; however Peden says the Foundation will address needs as they are presented above and beyond the initial commitment.

“In the meantime, we ask our friends, colleagues and donors to consider contributing to the Red Deer & District Community Foundation COVID Response Fund to help us effectively provide supports where it is needed,” Peden said. “We will be looking at all areas of need so by donating to the fund, you are putting your support exactly where it is needed.”

According to Peden the Red Deer & District Community Foundation will be working collaboratively with other community funders including the United Way and FCSS to ensure the community as a whole is well supported.

“Never has there ever been a greater need for collaboration,” Peden said. “We will be communicating openly and regularly with our colleagues to ensure we are creating a blanket of support for Central Alberta.”

Those wishing to donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund can do so online at www.RDDCF.ca.

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation has granted over $11.5 million dollars to local charities in the last 30 years and remains dedicated to strengthen the quality of life in Central Alberta.