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Igniting the Heart + Soul of edmonton

 

 

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​We've all been impacted by the pandemic in different ways. As a community we lost access to so many of the activities we take for granted—the very things that make Edmonton so special. Some of what we've missed the most—togetherness, community vibrancy, live performances, or a night out with friends and family—are fueled by organizations facing significant challenges delivering the programming that connects and supports us.

In response to COVID's ongoing effects on some of our city's core sectors, the EPCOR Heart + Soul Fund was developed in 2020 to help arts, culture, recreation and charitable organizations find new ways to ensure their sustainability, so that we continue to benefit from their essential services. In 2020, $1.25 million was deployed to help nearly 50 organizations do what they do best—provide life-altering support, connection and joy to Edmontonians during a very challenging time. ​This is in addition to the $300,000 granted to United Way and the Edmonton Community Foundation, $82,000 for local Edmonton charities from the EPCOR employee matching campaing, and more than $100,000 in top-up support for existing Edmonton community partners and recovery efforts in other jurusdictions where EPCOR operates. ​​​​

Another $1 million has ben committed in 2021 to continue to help re-energize Edmonton's arts community; develop new and creative ways to ensure the show can go on; implement innovative fundraising programs to inspire the community to step forward to support the growing demand for food, shelter, mental health, substance abuse and family violence programming; and more.

The $3 million committed to date for pandemic relief and recovery efforts is in addition to the $1 million EPCOR provides annually in community support.​

​Hear from some of our recipients​​​​

     

"For people who live hour-by-hour, finding a warm, healthy meal is difficult even at the best of times. We know that EPCOR's generosity has inspired many others to join this eff​ort to help feed the hungry."

 
Bruce Reith, Executive Director, Hope Mission

 

  

 

"In the middle of the summer our production was very much in doubt. Thanks to EPCOR'S commitment, the building was alive again with staff and crew working towards a common goal – a dedication to bring light, love, and art to the people of Edmonton through A Christmas Carol."


Chantell Ghosh, Executive Director of the Citadel Theatre

 

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Heart + Soul Fund Recipients

2020​​

$1.25 million was deployed to help nearly 50 organizations​​​​ do what they do best—provide life-altering support, connection and joy to Edmontonians during a very challenging time.​View recipients 

2021​​

Another $1 m​illion has ben committed in 2021 to continue to help re-energize Edmonton's arts community​
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