Our Report To Community
Children need access to books so they can become good readers, but they also need books of their own. Owning a book encourages children to read more and can turn a reluctant reader into a book lover. Research shows the more books a child has at home, the better the chance he or she will grow up to be a confident and enthusiastic reader.
Too many children in Alberta don’t have books to call their own.
In 2018-2019 we worked throughout the community to increase book access for children.
Read the full Report to Community.
CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale
Each year, people donate their books, we sell them and the funds raised are used year-round to support literacy programs, and get free books into the hands of kids who have none.
received support to become joyful readers because of you.
Through our in-school trained volunteer programs and initiatives, like Read Up!, wee read, Read With ELLs,
and our Reading Rally events.
who donated 10,039 hours to the Big Book Sale.
of support to young readers provided by Calgary Reads school- based volunteers
You helped give away
to children and their families.
Though our work with the Calgary Food Bank and other family serving agencies, LENA Start, Read with Me, and the Children’s’ Reading Place and Book Bank.
Thank you to our donors
Through our many relationships and partnerships, we are creating a reading revolution to strengthen childhood literacy. We’d like to thank every member of our community for helping us give every child the opportunity to read, learn and grow.
Leaders – $50,000 +
Cenovus Energy Inc.
Chevron Canada Resources
Prosser Charitable Foundation
Innovators – $25,000 +
Bearspaw Benevolent Foundation
Rotary Club of Downtown Calgary
Builders – $10,000 +
Burns Memorial Fund
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
Ptarmigan Charitable Foundation
Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink
Telus Future Friendly Foundation
Believers – $5,000 +
Borden Ladner Gervais
Calgary South Rotary Partners
Flipp Advertising Inc.
James Kerr Estate Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Painted Pony Energy
Plains Midstream Canada
Friends – $1,000 +
Alberta Reading Council of the International Literacy Association
Badyal Toor Law Firm
Blu-Planet Recycling Inc.
Calgary Newcomers & Nu-grads
Calgary Stampeders Football Club
Canadian Federation of University
Chapter Canadian Natural Resources Ltd
Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Edith Cavell Chapter #25 O.E.S
Edmonton Southgate Lions Club
Freehold Royalties Partnership
Gibson Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Imperial Oil Resources Ltd.
Iris & Charles Porter Fund at The Calgary Foundation
J.E. Hodgson Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Karen Lynn Pescott Foundation Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Kiwanis Club of Calgary Chinook
Klatt Family Foundation
Murphy Oil Company Ltd.
Osum Oils Sands Corp.
Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.
RGO Products Ltd.
Scarboro Foundation Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Seitel Canada Ltd
Spruce Meadows Leg Up Foundation
Steve & Marjie Allen
Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation Strategic Group
The McTavish Family Trust
Trans Canada Pipelines Ltd.
In memory of Mary & Wilf Bernard
Other Partners and Events
Big Steel Box
Calgary Board of Education
Calgary Catholic School District
Calgary Corporate Challenge
Calgary Food Bank
Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Catholic Independent Schools Kamloops Diocese
CF Construction Ltd.
Clearview Public Schools
Concordia University of Edmonton
Edmonton Public Schools
Elk Island Public Schools
First 2000 Days Network
First Book Canada
Foothills School Division
Golden Hills School Division
Goodwill Impact Centre – Edmonton
GrandeYellowhead Public School Division
Livingstone Range School Division
Mount Royal University
Pages Books on Kensington
Parkland School Division
Rocky View Schools
St. Mary’s University – Calgary
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
Please note: Due to space limitations, this list reflects supporters who made financial donations of $1,000 or more.
View previous reports to see how Calgary Reads’ has evolved and expanded to provide more help for young readers.
Watch our 2018 Report to Community: The Story of a Book