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Saskatoon Community Foundation Announces $553,825 in New Grants

Saskatoon, June 9, 2023—Saskatoon Community Foundation has announced 49 community grants totaling over $553,825, funded through thousands of donations and endowed funds invested with the foundation. Since 1970, the foundation has directed over $59 million for charitable programs and community initiatives.

The announcement included:

This grant…enabled CLASSIC to serve more clients who experience poverty and injustice…

Chantelle Johnson, Executive Director, CLASSIC

Saskatoon Community Foundation CEO Carm Michalenko outlined the foundation’s commitment to greater long term community impact, working with donors and community organizations.

“Saskatoon Community Foundation’s vision is a community where everyone experiences belonging in the truest sense. As the community changes, we want to respond with community action and strategic funding,” said Carm Michalenko, Saskatoon Community Foundation CEO.

“Our fundholders and donors place their confidence in us to support positive change in our community, and we are honoured to create a bridge between charity and donor. We are excited about the great potential of our granting programs in the coming years, and the ways we can invite donors to direct their gifts to priority areas for multi-year partnerships.”

We are grateful, knowing that the quality of life was positively impacted for the vulnerable and high risk populations we serve on a daily basis…

Raymond Laliberte, Executive Director, SIMFC

Grant recipients, donors, and volunteers gathered for the annual Many Voices Together grants celebration on June 8th at the Western Development Museum. The program featured presentations from Saskatoon Open Door Society (grant for Youth Leadership Initiative), Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Society (grant for Camp Dragonfly), Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI, grant for 2023 Métis Days), and fundholders Aditi and Avni Garg.

“Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc. (CLASSIC) received a Quality of Life Grant toward an articling student. This grant both provided an employment opportunity for a university graduate in their first year as a lawyer and enabled CLASSIC to serve more clients who experience poverty and injustice through our full legal representation clinic, the Walk-in Advocacy Clinic. Our articling student worked on files in areas such as landlord-renter disputes, immigration and refugee matters, human rights, criminal and civil litigation,” said Chantelle Johnson, Executive Director, CLASSIC.

“We are grateful, knowing that the quality of life was positively impacted for the vulnerable and high risk populations we serve on a daily basis in Saskatoon, based on the resources provided to SIMFC by Saskatoon Community Foundation,” stated Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre (SIMFC) Executive Director Raymond Laliberte.

For more information about Saskatoon Community Foundation, visit the website.

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Don Ewles
Grants Manager
Saskatoon Community Foundation
Phone: 306-665-1767

About Saskatoon Community Foundation:

Saskatoon Community Foundation inspires philanthropy, builds community, and leads change in Saskatoon. The foundation stewards $66.6 million in endowed and non-endowed funds and manages $22.7 million in funds for other charitable organizations, ensuring a reliable stream of grant funding flows into the community forever. The foundation has worked and served on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis since 1970. It has disbursed over $59 million in grants for the community, supporting over 280 charities and representing over 350 fundholders. Beyond charitable sector expertise, the foundation’s professional staff team brings passion for actively supporting positive change in our community for quality of life, youth, equity, inclusion, and reconciliation. Follow Saskatoon Community Foundation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter or visit our website at

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Photo by True Touch Media: Carm Michalenko, Saskatoon Community Foundation CEO, speaks at the annual grants celebration, held last year at Gordie Howe Events Centre.