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Leading a collective response to protect our province’s natural systems.

Our Mandate

We believe that a healthy environment is the foundation of a healthy community.

That’s why we work collaboratively with partners in industry, government, business, and the nonprofit and charitable sector to preserve our ecosystems through grantmaking, financing, programming, and evaluation. We do this because Albertans value clean water, healthy habitat, and action on climate change.

Who we are

What We Offer

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    Funding and Financing for Environmental Solutions

    We support charities and nonprofits advancing environmental solutions through our grants and financing programs.

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    Foundation Initiatives

    We initiate and invest in solutions that solve multiple challenges at once.

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    Advocating for the Environment

    We advocate for transformational solutions to a changing climate, inspire philanthropy for environmental charities and nonprofits, and motivate organizations to make real change.

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    Impactful Partnerships

    We collaborate across sectors to lead innovative and scalable solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges.

Climate Innovation Fund

The Climate Innovation Fund targets the major urban greenhouse gas emissions sources in Calgary and Edmonton. Learn more about how we identify, invest in, and scale up solutions, covering a broad range of climate positive interventions.

Environmental Gathering

We gather with environmental champions from across Alberta to learn, explore, and connect our work, so that we can all have a bigger impact. This includes people from environmental nonprofits and charities, Indigenous communities, business, government, and anyone who cares about protecting the environment.

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Truth and Reconciliation

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation acknowledges that our work stretches across the traditional territories of Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, and Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe nations; lands that are now known as part of Treaties 6, 7, and 8 and homeland of the Métis. Our head office is located in the City of Calgary, which is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have studied and cared for Mother Earth and continue to do so today. Alberta is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work in all of these territories.

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation recognizes how colonization has deeply damaged the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit nations. 

We believe Alberta Ecotrust has a stronger role to play in supporting environmental initiatives led by Indigenous organizations and communities in Alberta.

That is why we are intentionally exploring practices that will decolonize our work and implementing opportunities to support Indigenous leadership.

Because we must all think, and do, differently.

This starts with recognizing the truth of our discomfort, deeply reflecting on it, and committing to make change happen. We encourage Albertans to learn more about our shared history with Indigenous Peoples, including residential schools, and ways to actively support Indigenous-lead organizations in Treaty 6, 7 and 8.

Support Us

Your contribution makes a difference for the entire environmental community. We're leading a collective response to protect our province's natural systems. Join us by donating today.

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