EducationMatters

We’re a charitable trust, established by the Calgary Board of Education Trustees in 2003, to support excellence in Calgary’s public school system and provide students more opportunities to succeed and excel. We support innovative public education enhancement programs, which enrich core curriculum.

Our Story Why We Exist

EducationMatters is a charitable trust that funds innovative enhancement programs to help Calgary Board Of Education elementary and secondary students excel and enrich their learning experiences. We also manage and support student awards, scholarships and bursaries to help Calgary’s students achieve more.

We believe the best public education happens when the community participates in its development and that a strong public education system is the cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant community.

2016 Highlights:

  • distrubuted over $2 million, including $1.56 million in grants and over $430,000 in student awards
  • received over $1.6 million in donations

Since 2003, we:

  • granted over $11 million in program grants and student awards
  • received $15 million in gifts from donors
  • grew our endowment portfolio to over $4.8 million

EducationMattersOur Impact What We Do

EducationMatters funds programs and awards that are as diverse as the students in public education. Some develop leadership skills and encourage students to become civic-minded. Others introduce new ways of learning and give challenged students and students with special needs opportunities to fulfill their potential. While others address literacy, career and life skills development.

There are rising expectations of public education to meet the demands of our ever-changing world. Your private donations help fund non-core educational enhancements that enrich and enhance public education students, helping them to succeed. We work closely with the Calgary Board of Education, leaders in Calgary’s education sector, and our Grants Committee to review and evaluate programs for funding support. We give priority to programs that are innovative, address critical issues and needs, have system-wide potential and that make a difference.

Our annual grants are awarded to programs that address:

  • Financial Assistance
  • Career, Health & Life Skills
  • Literacy & Technology Enhancements

EducationMattersOur Programs How We Do It

EducationMatters funds programs and awards that are as diverse as the students in public education. Some develop leadership skills and encourage students to become civic-minded. Others introduce new ways of learning and give challenged students and students with special needs opportunities to fulfill their potential; while others address literacy, career and life skills development.

We work closely with the Calgary Board of Education, leaders in Calgary’s education sector, and our Grants Committee to review and evaluate programs for funding support. We give priority to programs that are innovative, address critical issues and needs, have system-wide potential and that make a difference.

EducationMattersOur Requests What You Can Do

We believe the best public education happens when the community participates in its development and that a strong public education system is the cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant community. You can help us by getting involved with our work.

By working together, we can make a difference for our students. When our students succeed, our communities benefit.  

You can get involved by:

  • lending expertise
  • contributing cash & in-kind donations
  • creating scholarships & grants
  • funding sponsorships
  • contributing to the development of educational resources
  • offering opportunities for work study and work experience
  • supporting professional learning opportunities for teachersand parents   

Public education belongs to the public. We invite you to get involved, stay connected and support world-class public education.

Contact

Michele Chiasson-Suart
Director, Donor & Community Engagement
403.817.7472
Charitable Number: 898887005RR0001

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Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 816,109
Calgary