Calgary Health Foundation

Celebrating 15 Years: Building a Foundation of Trust

When Alberta restructured its health care system in 1994, a new era in health philanthropy began. Mr. J.R. Bud McCaig, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, along with members of the Calgary Regional Health Authority Board and existing hospital foundations, saw a unique opportunity with existing health foundations to create something bigger, better and unique- the Calgary Health Trust.

Calgary Health Trust formed in 1996 by merging the following together:

  • Carewest  Foundation
  • Calgary General Hospital Foundation
  • Foothills Hospital Foundation
  • The Grace Foundation
  • Mountview Community Foundation
  • Rockyview General Hospital Foundation

By combining these foundations into one organization, Calgary Health Trust became a pioneer in health care fundraising as a centralized fund raising organization-the first in North America at the time-which offered specialized services such as planned giving, major gifts and research to be more effective and efficient in raising funds. In the first year alone, Calgary Health Trust raised $6.9 million in cash donations-proof that the relationships built by the former foundations, combined with the innovative approach of the Trust, was a winning combination.

This year, Calgary Health Trust celebrated its 15th year of enhancing health care in Calgary, raising more than $315 million since its establishment in 1996. With every donation made over the past 15 years, Calgary Health Trust has shown how health care can be transformed when the Trust works together with the community to connect donor passions with health care needs.

Read more about Calgary Health Trust's milestones.