RBC invests $370,000 in Northern Alberta communities

CALGARY, Dec. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - As the effects of the global financial crisis have yet to stabilize, many charities are continuing to face serious reductions in their funding bases from all sectors. At the same time, the demand for their services has grown. Charitable organizations have to look for new sources of funding and companies are wrestling with the question of how to allocate and stretch their dollars.

RBC has designed our community investment strategy so we can respond to urgent and ongoing requests through our general donation budgets and continue to have a significant social impact by funding specific projects within our eight strategic focus areas: health and wellness, education, environment, arts and culture, amateur sports, social services and civic causes, employee contributions and diversity.

In 2012, RBC, through its charitable foundation, donated $370,000 to charities across Northern Alberta. Donations ranging from $1,000 to $125,000 were given to non-profit organizations to support sustainable community programs.

"We believe in the power of communities and the individuals who live in them. That's why we invest in organizations in Northern Alberta that are working to enhance the quality of life in the region," said Dwain Krissa, regional vice-president for RBC's Alberta North market. "We support worthy causes because we want our investments to make a real difference in people's lives."

In 2012, RBC contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide through donations and community investments of more than $64 million, and $31 million in sponsorship of community events and national organizations.

Organizations interested in applying for funding from RBC are encouraged to visit our website at http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability

The following are some of the organizations that received funding in 2012:

Athabasca

  • Athabasca University

Calmar

  • Pigeon Lake Watershed Association

Camrose

  • Battle River School District

Cold Lake

  • Cold Lake Regional Hospital Foundation
  • United Way, Lakeland

Fort McMurray

  • Hub Family Resource Centre
  • Keyano College Foundation
  • Northern Lights Regional Health Foundation
  • United Way, Fort McMurray

Leduc

  • Boys and Girls Club of Leduc

Lloydminster

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • United Way, Lloydminster

Saddle Lake

  • Boys & Girls Club of Saddle Lake

Westlock

  • Town of Westlock

Wetaskiwin

  • Boys & Girls Club of Wetaskiwin



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SOURCE: RBC Calgary

For further information:

Kari Peperkorn-Marlowe
Advisor, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
O: (403) 292-3970  C: (403) 470-1758
kari.peperkorn-marlowe@rbc.com