When the clock shifted us into the year of 2020, we could not have anticipated the wave of insecurity and constant readjustment that would crash into our society.
The Red Deer & District Community Foundation (RDDCF) has watched, listened and learned as we supported central Alberta through this unprecedented era.
Last March, when the term ‘lockdown’ became a piece of our everyday vocabulary, our Foundation immediately began to work collaboratively with the United Way of Central Alberta to provide essential funding to charitable agencies within our district. Over the course of eight weeks we determined three primary areas of need: food security, mental health supports and adapted at-home supports for individuals with mobility barriers and increased vulnerability.
Due to the combination of RDDCF’s unrestricted fund allocation and the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, we were able to address these needs by providing over $690,900 to charities who were working tirelessly to take care of our community.
This experience has provided us with a notable reminder of the importance of long-term, strategic planning – not only as an organization, but as philanthropists.
As we continue to work to ensure that we are considering the long-term view, we also want to ensure our immediate and current relevance to the community, as a funder and also in our role to invite donor investment. We want to continue to be aware of the issues and how we might create change, build community and cultivate inclusion, at every turn.