Banff Canmore Foundation

The Canmore Public Library is proud to be a partner of the Banff Canmore Foundation.

The Banff Canmore Foundation connects resources and opportunities to activate community potential, enhance quality of life and create belonging for all.

We help shift power to tackle regional, national and even global challenges with a local perspective, focusing on what matters most to this unique community here in the spectacular Bow Valley.

As we build and steward funds, we’re part of an intersectional movement that is driving change with, for and by community. The goal? A just and sustainable future where everyone belongs.

As one of more than 200 community foundations across Canada, Banff Canmore Foundation works collaboratively to flow resources to community projects and local initiatives. In 2021, we celebrated 20 years of impact in the Bow Valley.

A registered charity and independent public foundation, Banff Canmore Foundation is unique to this one-of-a-kind community. We bring a strategic approach to high-impact and high-potential initiatives and organizations in the Bow Valley. Donors’ gifts are pooled with the Foundation’s carefully and professionally-managed assets. Income generated on endowed funds is used to make grants to all corners of the community.

  • We grant funds to a wide range of organizations and initiatives - from the arts to climate action. Our annual community grants program is an open call for applications and is the largest in the Bow Valley.
  • We work with people and our partners to stimulate new ideas, build participation and strengthen philanthropy. See Moving Mountains Initiative for a great example.
  • We celebrate relationships and encourage everyone to get involved in community. We cultivate a ‘sense of belonging.’
  • We work with donors and our partners to understand philanthropy from a variety of viewpoints.
  • We invite others to the table to share their time, talents and treasure.
  • We encourage giving of all shapes and sizes.