Thanks to your generosity, there is something to read

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


corporate, community, and youth volunteers supported Calgary Reads initiatives.

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.



visited the Children’s Reading Place. This includes 7956 children and 85 school class visits

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 +

Anonymous Donor

Calgary Foundation

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Chevron Canada Resources

Prosser Charitable Foundation

Innovators – $25,000 +

ATB Financial

Bearspaw Benevolent Foundation

RBC Foundation

Rotary Club of Downtown Calgary

Builders – $10,000 +

Burns Memorial Fund

Janine Labossiere

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Ptarmigan Charitable Foundation

Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink

Telus Future Friendly Foundation

Believers – $5,000 +

Anonymous Donor

Borden Ladner Gervais

Calgary South Rotary Partners

Flipp Advertising Inc.

James Kerr Estate Fund at The Calgary Foundation

Painted Pony Energy

Plains Midstream Canada

Sandra Pieri

Friends – $1,000 +

Alan Moon

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

Women Calgary

Chapter Canadian Natural Resources Ltd

Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Carol Smith

Christian Hluchy

Edith Cavell Chapter #25 O.E.S

Edmonton Southgate Lions Club

Elizabeth Marshall

Freehold Royalties Partnership


George Salahor

Gibson Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation

Heather Johnson

Imperial Oil Resources Ltd.

Iris & Charles Porter Fund at The Calgary Foundation

Jacqui McFarland

J.E. Hodgson Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation

Joan Green

Jodi Nickel

Karen Lynn Pescott Foundation Fund at The Calgary Foundation

Keith MacLeod

Kelly Hewson

Kiwanis Club of Calgary Chinook

Klatt Family Foundation

Kristen Brown

Linda Loberg

Lovpreet Mangat

Maggie Malapad

Margo Randles

Martha Parker

Megan Hutton

Mobility Quotient

Monica Mochoruk

Murphy Oil Company Ltd.

NovAtel Inc.

Osum Oils Sands Corp.

Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.

RGO Products Ltd.

Scarboro Foundation Fund at The Calgary Foundation

Seitel Canada Ltd

Shell Canada

Spartan Controls

Spruce Meadows Leg Up Foundation

Steacy Collyer

Steve & Marjie Allen

Family Fund at The Calgary Foundation Strategic Group

Suzanne Tough

The McTavish Family Trust

Trans Canada Pipelines Ltd.

Valerie Kapsha

Vicki Reid

Wawanesa Insurance

In memory of Mary & Wilf Bernard

Other Partners and Events

Alberta Ballet

Big Steel Box

Bracko Brothers

Calgary Board of Education

Calgary Catholic School District

Calgary Corporate Challenge

Calgary Food Bank

Calgary Foundation

Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Catholic Independent Schools Kamloops Diocese

CBC Calgary

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

Hi-Way 9

Kyle Stone


Livingstone Range School Division

Monogram Coffee

Mount Royal University

O2 Design

Pages Books on Kensington

Parkland School Division

Rocky View Schools

Scholastic Canada

St. Mary’s University – Calgary

Theatre Calgary

University of Alberta

University of Calgary

YW Calgary


Please note: Due to space limitations, this list reflects supporters who made financial donations of $1,000 or more.

Audited Financial Statements

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