Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) has a reputation for its expertise at building bridges between donors’ wishes and the needs of charities. Here are some highlights from our 25-year history.
- 1989: Edmonton Community Foundation opens thanks to a combined $15 million donation from John and Barbara Poole, George and Rae Poole, and Robert and Shirley Stollery on behalf of their families.
- 1990-92: Lorne Leitch is hired as ECF’s first executive director.
- 1992: Dr. Francis Winspear donates $4.5 million in assets from the Winspear Foundation to ECF.
- 1993: Alison B. Rice contributes $3 million to ECF.
- 1993-94: Bill Mathewson succeeds Lorne Leitch as ECF’s executive director.
- 1994: ECF receives an additional $2 million upon Alison B. Rice’s death.
- 1994-2005: Former Edmonton Police Chief Doug McNally becomes ECF’s executive director and significantly expands the presence and profile of the Foundation.
- 1996: WillPower Wills Week is introduced.
- 1997: Harry, Ralph and Jim Hole create a family fund at ECF.
- 1997: ECF receives an additional $4.5 million upon Dr. Francis Winspear’s death.
- 1999: ECF removes the $30,000 cap limiting grant amounts payable and to approve multi-year grant funding. This enables ECF to respond to pressing community needs.
- 2001: ECF receives an anonymous gift of $21 million.
- 2002: The Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards Fund begins disbursing scholarship awards for the first time with over $112,000 awarded that year.
- 2005-present: Martin Garber-Conrad takes over as ECF’s executive director after earning community-wide respect for his work at E4C.
- 2006: ECF introduces Foundation Directed Initiatives to support high priority charitable projects through multi-year funding.
- 2009: ECF celebrates its 20th Anniversary.
- 2011: The Youth Empowerment Program is launched. In 2013 YEP`s name would be changed to Young Edmonton Grants.
- 2011: ECF launches the first issue of Legacy in Action Magazine.
- 2013: ECF grows its assets to $350 million.
- 2013: ECF teams up with the Edmonton Social Planning Council to create and launch it's first Vital Signs Report as part of a national strategy through Community Foundations of Canada. The report investigates the issue of Edmonton's food security.
- 2013: ECF announces the creation of the Alberta Enterprise Venture Fund. The Fund will enable ECF to invest 10 per cent of its capital into mission-related investments by 2020.
The Foundation’s achievements over the past two decades are impressive. It has become Canada’s fourth largest community foundation and has assumed a leadership role within Community Foundations of Canada.
The Foundation continues to enrich lives in virtually every sector of society, both locally and further afield.