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Calgary's Vital Signs is an annual check-up that measures the vitality of our community and identifies significant trends. Published since 2007, the report presents the results of Calgary’s Vital Signs survey, where Calgarians share their opinions on issue areas that are critical to quality of life in Calgary.

Reflections on a Year in Flux

Dear Calgary,

This year, many community foundations chose to press pause on their respective Vital Signs publications. We spent many weeks considering whether we too should be holding off. When we considered the powerful ramifications of not undertaking Calgary’s Vital Signs, the answer was obvious; we had to proceed. And we are glad we did.

There are many interesting data points throughout these pages: the mental health issues faced by our youth, our renewed fondness for gardening, the financial struggles so many of us are facing, but amongst all that information, there is one data set we feel is especially relevant to 2020. This year, we segmented some of the survey results by race. As the data indicates, for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, the experience of our city is often harder. By reflecting on the inequality, discrimination, and hardship many of us unfairly experience we can begin to change. Our hope is that the end of this report becomes the beginning of something new for our readers. Reflection is an important first step to lasting change, but our collective responsibility does not end there. We have seen, now it is time to act.

Sincerely,

Eva Friesen
President & CEO
Calgary Foundation

Taking Action

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Treaty 7 Land Acknowledgement

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina Nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations - Indigenous and non - who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.

Survey Methodology

The results presented in the 2020 Vital Signs report are based on the survey responses of 1,000 Calgarians. To ensure an accurate representation of the population in proportion to city census data, survey respondents were randomly selected based on demographic quotas (age, gender, ethnicity, and city quadrant) from a pool of 20,000. The survey questions are largely quantitative, and the responses reflect the views of the general Calgary population. Margin of Error: For comparative purposes, a probability sample of 1,000 results in a margin of error of +/- 3.10%, 19 times out of 20.

Demographics of Survey Participants

Age


Quadrant


Gender


Employment


Ethnicity

68%

Caucasian
(White)

10%

Chinese

8%

South Asian
(Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lanka, etc.)

3%

Black
(African, African-American, etc.)

2.4%

Southeast Asian
(Vietnamese, Cambodian, Malaysian, Laotian, Thai, etc.)

2.3%

Latin American
(Mexican, Chilean, Costa Rican, etc.)

2.1%

Indigenous
(First Nations, Inuit, Métis)

2%

Filipino

1%

Arabic
(Middle East, North Africa)

0.8%

Japanese

0.6%

West Asian
(Iranian, Afghan, etc.)

0.4%

Korean

2%

Other

1.5%

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2019-2020 Financials

Calgary Foundation granted $54.9 million to 996 charitable organizations.

Total Assets:
$1 billion

New Funds:
63

New Gifts:
$35.4 million

2020 - 2021 Board of Directors

Elizabeth Peters, Chair
Murray Laverty, Vice Chair
Denise Bright
Jim Brownlee
Cathy Cochrane
Sherry Ferronato
John Fischer
Blaine Lennox
Siân M. Matthews
Melanie McDonald
Dr. Alykhan Nanji
Wes Peters
Phil Scherman
Narmin Ismail-Teja
Hugh D. Williamson, Q.C
Eva Friesen, President & CEO

Vital Signs Report

Project Management
Calgary Foundation Communications Team

Concept + Design
Daughter Creative

Photography
Asim Overstands

Website
Freshwater Creative

Survey
Leger

Printer
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