Calgary Health Foundation

Eighty percent of Albertans depend on our health care system each year. Sooner or later, and often unexpectedly, each of us will seek urgent medical care—for trauma, serious illness, a heart attack, stroke, preterm birth, or countless other afflictions. When we do, we all want the best possible health outcomes for ourselves and our loved ones. That’s why breakthroughs in care, wellness, and research are needed now.

How can we build the innovative health care system we will need for tomorrow, today? The answer is right in front of us. It is only by working together that we can be both forward-thinking and resilient.

Working alongside our donors, the community, and partners at Alberta Health Services, Calgary Health Foundation makes breakthrough investments in care, wellness, and research, to ensure our community receives the most progressive care in the world—because our loved ones and yours deserve nothing less.

By donating to Calgary Heath Foundation, you are helping patients and families who depend on Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, South Health Campus, community health programs, and 12 Carewest long-term care centres.

The support of donors like you allows us to take a 360-degree view to ensure the most effective investments in our community’s biggest health concerns.

Calgary Health Foundation is focused on building momentum to transform the future of medicine through these priority areas:

  • Cardiac Care
  • Indigenous Health
  • Mental Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Seniors Health
  • Surgery Innovation

By designating your donation to Calgary Health Foundation’s Greatest Needs Fund, you are ensuring we can invest in areas where help is most needed.

Funding Highlights:

  • Raising $66M to transform newborn and maternal care for thousands of families from Calgary and across Southern Alberta through the Newborns Need campaign.
  • Investing $3.5M in limb preservation and precision vascular surgery, facilitating the redevelopment of a new Vascular Surgery Centre for Southern Alberta.
  • Contributing $25M to the creation of a world-class urology centre: the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology.
  • Improving quality of life for seniors and long-term care residents through the Close to Home campaign, which generated over $1M to enhance long-term care and make Carewest facilities really feel like home.
  • Creating opportunities for personalized health care delivery by facilitating internationally renowned cardiac research with support exceeding $7.7M towards the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre.
  • Giving cardiology patients better outcomes when minutes count with $5M in support to create a specialized, hybrid operating room at Foothills Medical Centre that facilitates multiple procedures in one place.
  • Improving outcomes for trauma patients by investing $3M in the first Interventional Trauma Operating Room (iTOR) in North America, which was established at Foothills Medical Centre.

Health care is so important to our quality of life. Calgary Health Foundation’s role is to help inspire the community to take action and ensure we have the best health care right in our own backyard.

Donations are critical in driving innovation forward and taking health care from good to great. Our donors transform lives every day by supporting the best possible health outcomes for people in our community.

There are many ways you can help us make a difference in health care:

  1. Donate: Every day, donors make contributions because they have been greatly impacted by the care they’ve received, or because they recognize the importance of investments in health care. You can donate online, by phone at 403-943-0615, or by visiting the Calgary Health Foundation office at any of our local hospitals.
  2. Leave a legacy: A planned gift is a thoughtful way to make a lasting impact. Planned gifts are easy to arrange and, with the advice of your advisors, can help you develop a plan that provides for your loved ones, maximizes tax and financial benefits, and makes a difference to everyone in the community.
  3. Create an endowment: An endowment fund is a gift that keeps giving. A modest donation of $5,000 can plant the seed for the growth of a significant endowment down the road.
  4. Give a gift of shares: Donating publicly traded shares, bonds, or mutual funds is becoming increasingly popular because of the significant tax saving incentives. A gift of securities to Calgary Health Foundation can completely eliminate the steep capital gains tax you would incur if you were to sell these assets and donate the proceeds.
  5. Create a community initiative: Our community partners are instrumental in raising money for areas that are important to them. They do everything from golf tournaments to art sales to hosting runs. Their work helps get the word out about how health care is making a difference in the lives of people in our community.
  6. Sponsor or support an event: Events are an important part of the work we do. Sponsors and ticket purchasers help ensure we can maximize the proceeds raised for the cause while seeing that everyone has a great time.
  7. Buy a Hospital Home Lottery ticket: Our lotteries are important to raising significant funds for our hospitals. We run two programs: the Foothills Hospital Home Lottery in the spring and the Hospital Home Lottery in the fall.
  8. Volunteer: We are always looking for dynamic volunteers who want to make a difference. Please visit our website to see what volunteer opportunities we have available.
  9. Advocate for us: Help out by talking about the great care you received and how you’ve been impacted, encouraging your family and friends to donate to Calgary Health Foundation.

Visit our website or follow us on social media @calgaryhealthfoundation to hear how health care has transformed the lives of people like Mark.

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