CommunityWise is a small nonprofit charity and we rely on financial support from a range of sources (donations, rentals, grants) to fulfill our mission as a nonprofit hub.
Here are a variety of ways to financially support CommunityWise through making a donation (*CommunityWise is a registered charity and charitable tax receipts are provided):
You can donate online through our Canada Helps page. Both one-time and recurring monthly donations are graciously accepted.
Check us out on ATB Cares! We receive a matching 20% donation by ATB when you donate this way (while matching funds are available).
The PayPal Giving Fund is another option we’re set up with. PayPal covers the fees and sends you an official receipt.
CommunityWise is also on the Benevity Causes Portal. If your employer has a workplace giving program and uses Benevity to manage their matching gifts, please encourage them to look us up!
Facebook Fundraisers is a fundraising option that allows you to encourage your friends to donate. Set up a fundraiser within your Facebook account and select CommunityWise Resource Centre as the organization you are raising funds for. We will then receive the donations through the PayPal Giving Fund.
Cheques can be made out to “CommunityWise Resource Centre” and mailed to #101, 223 12 Avenue SW. Calgary, AB. T2R 0G9.
CommunityWise is a link between past, present and future. Over the past 42 years, the supportive physical and social space provided by CommunityWise has allowed hundreds of organizations, most of whom are small grassroots and nonprofit groups, to undertake their programs and activities with the stability and flexibility necessary for maximum impact.
More specifically, CommunityWise plays a critical role at multiple lifecycle stages of member groups through simultaneously serving as:
1) an incubation hub for new organizations who need a place to start out
2) a transition hub for organizations experiencing challenges accessing space over the shorter term
3) a long-term home and and inter-generational hub
A donation to CommunityWise supports the continued provision of subsidized space, shared services, and collaboration for small Calgary nonprofit and grassroots groups (60 members, and 1500+ peer support sessions, workshops, community feasts, performances, classes, movie nights, brainstorming meetings, celebrations a year!)
THE CASE FOR COMMUNITYWISE
Nonprofit hubs like CommunityWise allow nonprofit organizations to spend a higher proportion of their funds in directly impactful ways. A 2015 study by the Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN) found that the cost savings and stability resulting from nonprofits being located in a shared space are most often re-directed to increased existing program-related spending. Other uses include the development of new services and programs, and increased staffing. (State of the Shared Space Sector Survey, p. 3).
COMMUNITYWISE MEMBER VOICES
“The benefits of being housed at CommunityWise for our agency have been immeasurable. Under their auspices, our agency has been able to expand our services and our vision from the offering of counselling services to the facilitation of client groups, the hosting of a platform of therapists from all over Calgary, and the organization of workshops with instructors from the city as well as abroad.” -Calgary Narrative Collective
“CommunityWise does amazing things. I have learned so much (facilitation, time management, event planning = huge cost savings to our organization) been able to network with amazing groups (capacity building and more cost savings!) and by being located at a vibrant, nice, welcoming, space we have been able to provide much more to our clients and partners!” –ACCA