Alberta nonprofits are in crisis. 

While other sectors recover, nonprofits juggle heightened demand for services with increasingly complex client needs and decreasing revenues. 

“Between the pandemic, rising inflation, and now a looming recession, this essential sector has been dealt blow after blow. We need the provincial government to step up so Alberta nonprofits can continue to be there for Albertans when they need them most. - Karen Ball, CCVO President & CEO. 

Our sector is too essential to fail. We call on the Province for an urgent, one-time top-up of $30 million in immediate relief to protect our programs and services. 

Nonprofits employ nearly 300,000 Albertans, the majority of whom are women, and together contribute $5.5 billion to the economy every year.  They provide food and basic needs, settlement and senior supports, sports and recreation, arts and culture, entrepreneurship, environmental health – and more. They are proven, established partners in the delivery of essential services.  

But drowning people can’t save drowning people. After nearly three years of doing more with less, nonprofits and the communities they serve are in crisis. Pandemic supports were not targeted to the sector and failed to understand and meet their needs. Other Provincial investments, such as the Community Initiatives Program, have not kept up with inflation and population growth.  

Requests for support to the Government of Alberta have been met by the message that there is no money. But in 2022, the Government announced a $13 billion surplus.   

We need your help! Support this ask by sending a letter to the Premier, the Leader of the Official Opposition, and your local MLA, and ensure the community is included in the provincial government’s pandemic recovery plans.  

Too Essential to Fail is a nonpartisan effort led by the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO). The campaign and materials are not intended to endorse or oppose candidates or political parties.

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