EDMONTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Muttart Foundation today announced a
three-year, $225,000 grant to the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary
Organizations (CCVO) to assist it in its work supporting the charitable
The grant is unrestricted funding, allowing CCVO to use it where it is
needed, although the foundation expressed the hope that it would allow
for continuation or expansion of the Chamber's public policy program.
The new grant brings to more than $2 million the funds that have been
provided by The Muttart Foundation to create and sustain CCVO.
In announcing the grant, Bob Wyatt, executive director of The Muttart
Foundation, congratulated CCVO on the work it has accomplished.
"The staff and directors of CCVO have worked very hard since the
Chamber's creation to help ensure the voice of the charitable sector is
heard, and to equipping leaders in the sector with the information and
skills they need to be strong advocates for the sector, and those
served by the sector.
"The Chamber is seen as a credible voice by people outside and inside
the sector, and its expertise has been regularly called upon by
government and the corporate sector. It has accomplished a great deal
and has been a model of what can happen when the sector has a
Wyatt pointed to the research, briefing papers and professional
development sessions produced by the CCVO as just some of the
accomplishments of the Chamber.
"We were thrilled to receive the news of this new grant commitment,"
said Katherine van Kooy, CCVO's President and CEO. "The Muttart
Foundation's initial commitment was a statement of faith in the
potential of the Chamber. It is rewarding to see that we have earned
their continued support. There are limited sources of funding to engage
in policy work aimed at strengthening the not-for-profit sector, and we
appreciate The Muttart Foundation's leadership in this area. And the
unrestricted nature of this grant gives us the flexibility to use the
funds as required to support and grow our work. "
Wyatt said that Muttart's Board of Directors felt it was important to
provide a core-funding grant, rather than direct the money toward a
"Too often, funders put very restrictive conditions on grants and thus
remove some of the flexibility that is so important. Like all
organizations - in the private sector, government or the voluntary
sector - CCVO faces operating costs ranging from utilities and rent to
travel and research. All of these costs together add up to the
organization as a whole, and make it possible for the accomplishments
we have seen. We trust that CCVO will, as it has in the past, use the
funding to allow it to continue to grow and improve."
The Muttart Foundation began supporting what is now the CCVO even before
it was created, providing some of the seed money for the research and
development of the new organization. From the time of the first grant
in 1997 to the current grant, Muttart has contributed just over $2
million to support an organization which supports the Calgary voluntary
sector and, through the sector, the people who rely on the voluntary
sector for support - whether in social services, education, health or
"The voluntary sector exists to sustain and improve the quality of life
of people in Canada and in developing parts of the world.
Organizations such as CCVO help make charities better at what they do,
and help create an environment in which they can thrive," Wyatt said.
The grant was made under Muttart's Strengthening the Charitable Sector
program which supports, among other things, umbrella organizations that
bring together charities from all subsectors. Nationally, Muttart
funds Imagine Canada, the pan-Canadian body that serves as a leading
voice for charities.
The Muttart Foundation, based in Edmonton, was formed in 1953 by the
late Gladys and Merrill Muttart. It is a private foundation that makes
grants from income earned on investments that formed part of the
endowment started by Dr. and Mr. Muttart.
SOURCE: The Muttart Foundation
For further information:
The Muttart Foundation
(780) 913-8881 (cell)
Katherine von Kooy
President & CEO
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations