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Saskatoon Community Foundation Directs $85,000 for Emergency Warm-up Locations

Saskatoon, December 17, 2021—As extreme winter temperatures hit Saskatoon, several community organizations collaborating under the leadership of the Emergency Management Organization (EMO) and Saskatoon Fire Department Cold Weather Strategy received welcome news with today’s funding announcement from Saskatoon Community Foundation.

The foundation announced $85,000 directed for immediate support of five organizations providing warm-up locations and food for community members experiencing poverty and inadequate shelter:

Saskatoon Community Foundation’s CEO Carm Michalenko spoke about fast-tracking funding to support a dire situation: “We are stepping forward with support of crucial grassroots services delivered through CUMFI, Persons Living with Aids Network, Saskatoon Friendship Inn, Saskatoon Tribal Council, and STR8 UP. It is our collective responsibility to provide warm-up locations and food, and to act quickly. Saskatoon Community Foundation pivoted rapidly in 2020 to push out emergency relief funding through the Inter-Agency Response to COVID-19, and we are again extending our mandate to make an immediate impact in our community.

“The foundation’s lasting impact will be to provide long-term solutions for homelessness. The legacy gift we have been entrusted with, the Robert Steane Fund to End Homelessness, will provide housing and wrap-around services to create transformative change in our community.”

Saskatoon Community Foundation is a vehicle for donors to support this cause or other charities of their choice. To designate a donation for Cold Weather Strategy support, visit our website.  Or contact CEO Carm Michalenko or Philanthropic Advisor Jen Pederson to discuss making a donation with lasting impact for our community.

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Joy-Ann Allin
Marketing and Communications Manager
Saskatoon Community Foundation
Phone: 306-665-1763

Saskatoon Community Foundation: Saskatoon Community Foundation stewards an endowment of $61 million in endowed and non-endowed funds and manages $20 million in funds for other charities, ensuring a reliable stream of grant funding flows into the community forever. The foundation is trusted to represent over 350 fund holders. Every year, it supports a wide range of community projects and initiatives on behalf of donors who have created unrestricted funds. The foundation also provides strategic grant making services, philanthropic advisory services, and community leadership. Beyond charitable sector knowledge, the Saskatoon Community Foundation team has a heart for community, supporting reconciliation, inclusion, and quality of life in our community. Follow the Saskatoon Community Foundation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter or visit our website at