Extending our Thanks
Throughout 2020, despite it all, we have made incredible progress towards our mission of disrupting human trafficking. We certainly couldn’t have done it without the generosity of organizations and foundations who believed in our work and provided grants and major donations. We’d like to showcase some of the ways these organizations and donors have provided support.
The Calgary Foundation
The Calgary Foundation partnered with us on two occasions this year.
First, through their Community Grants program, we were given the opportunity to develop our Online Education Platform which is bringing greater awareness and tools to strategic sectors and the general public to prevent and recognize signs of human trafficking.
This incredible initiative just launched and can be accessed here.
Second, the Calgary Foundation funded a significant portion of our 211 Alberta activation which provided training and support to the call centre agents at 211 Alberta. This project was also supported by the Canadian Women’s Foundation via Women And Gender Equality (WAGE) Canada and the Allard Foundation.
Victims or witnesses of human trafficking now have a comprehensive and responsive helpline to accurately identify their situation and support their needs. These projects are truly transformational for the anti-human trafficking sector.
Supporting Urgent Needs at onset of COVID-19 Pandemic
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, we were made aware of the incredible hands-on work that Victory Outreach was doing to support vulnerable individuals and families during the lockdown. On their behalf, we successfully applied for grants from United Way and Family & Community Support Services (FCSS). With their generous support, Victory Outreach has delivered thousands of hampers and provided meals to Calgary’s most needy communities.
Creating a Community Response Model
The Calgary Children’s Foundation, funded by Westin Calgary and a radiothon held annually on 770 CHQR, donated to our Community Response Model—a collaborative project that will provide rapid, community-based wrap around services to vulnerable youth requiring help and support.
Several other foundations have also stepped forward to fund our work this past year. The Hunter Family Foundation donated to the growth of our educational awareness platform, and the following organizations donated undesignated gifts:
- Stenabaugh Foundation
- Chase Foundation
- Leder Foundation
- Nickle Family Foundation
We are so grateful to the individuals, groups, organizations and foundations who are helping us to lead change. We are making a difference together.