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Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta

104-430, 6th Avenue East
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 2S8
Canada

Mission

To improve the quality of life for the people of Southeastern Alberta through developing permanent endowments, making responsible grants and inspiring community leadership

Most Meaningful Change

For the past seven years we have produced an annual report called “Medicine Hat’s Vital Signs.” This statistically accurate quality-of-life indicator report is filled with information and facts about our local community, beautifully presented and easy to read. It covers 12 different categories, including health, housing, economic development and the gap between rich and poor. However, the challenge has always been to answer the “so what?” question. What can the foundation do, what can other authorities or organizations do, indeed what can individuals do? Over the past three years we have approached this question in two ways: through grantmaking and community leadership. First we created a new, proactive grant program called Vital Impact. Rather than using an application-based process, the board seeks out local charitable programs that directly address issues highlighted in “Vital Signs.” Then we provide leadership in four major areas where the “Vital Signs” report has identified gaps, building collaboration and partnerships with a wide range of other community groups and local authorities. Not only does this work address important community issues, it has raised the profile of the foundation and changed the way in which it is perceived. The follow-on impact is increased interest in our overall mission and in our focus on creating and building permanent community endowments.

1992 Year Founded
$8,449,290 Endowment Value
$549,102 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 10.20.14

Population Area Served

100,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationCommunity Foundation of Southeastern Alberta
Address 1104-430, 6th Avenue East
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownMedicine Hat
State / RegionAlberta
ZIP / Postal CodeT1A 2S8
CountryCanada
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone(403) 527 9038
Emailmike@cfsea.ca
Websitewww.cfsea.ca
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Mike Christie, Executive Director
Primary Contact’s NameMike Christie
Primary Contact’s PositionExecutive Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1992
Mission StatementTo improve the quality of life for the people of Southeastern Alberta through developing permanent endowments, making responsible grants and inspiring community leadership
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced100,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)3
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members15
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$966,481
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$635,484
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$907,124
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$549,102
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$8,449,290
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a slight role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a centrally important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed an important role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed an important role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodLots of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityImportant but not central
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityImportant but not central
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleImportant but not central
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyImportant but not central
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLittle
EducationFair amount
EnvironmentFair amount
HealthLot
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLittle
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentLittle
HousingLot
ChildrenLot
WaterLittle
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefLot
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyRarely
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsNever
Providing space for local organizationsRarely
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentNo change
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityNo change
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsNo change
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingNo change
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertySome important achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityA few small achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesA few small achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsDid not answer
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityA few small achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsA few small achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingA few small achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLittle
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersVery helpful
Regional association of grantmakersN/A
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationHelpful
Other organizationDid not answer
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingImportant
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceNeither important nor unimportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesImportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsFor the past seven years we have produced an annual report called “Medicine Hat’s Vital Signs.” This statistically accurate quality-of-life indicator report is filled with information and facts about our local community, beautifully presented and easy to read. It covers 12 different categories, including health, housing, economic development and the gap between rich and poor. However, the challenge has always been to answer the “so what?” question. What can the foundation do, what can other authorities or organizations do, indeed what can individuals do? Over the past three years we have approached this question in two ways: through grantmaking and community leadership. First we created a new, proactive grant program called Vital Impact. Rather than using an application-based process, the board seeks out local charitable programs that directly address issues highlighted in “Vital Signs.” Then we provide leadership in four major areas where the “Vital Signs” report has identified gaps, building collaboration and partnerships with a wide range of other community groups and local authorities. Not only does this work address important community issues, it has raised the profile of the foundation and changed the way in which it is perceived. The follow-on impact is increased interest in our overall mission and in our focus on creating and building permanent community endowments.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

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