Wordfest is a charitable organization and relies on the support of individuals, government funding, and corporate and community partners. Donor contributions are an investment in our city — helping to build communities through a shared love of reading, writing, learning and exchanging ideas.

Contact Brian O’Neill, General Manager and Fund Development, for more information on how to support our mission: 403-260-2707 |

Birdies for Kids will match your Wordfest donation by up to 50% until September 3, 2017!

Our partnership with Shaw Charity Classic provides an opportunity for contributions to Wordfest to have even more impact by matching up to 50% of donations made through the Birdies for Kids program until September 3.

Shaw Charity Classic: PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 32 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. The 2017 Shaw Charity Classic will be contested at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club  Aug 30 – Sept 3, 2017.

Birdies for Kids

Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink is a fundraising program designed where charities like Wordfest receive extra funding of up to 50% of collected donations in addition to 100% of EVERY DONATION collected from donors like you. In 2016 Birdies for Kids raised $3.7 million for 113 charities across Alberta.

You may donate to Wordfest through the Birdies for Kids program between February 1 and September 3 by credit card, cash or cheque, to the Shaw Charity Classic Foundation. All money raised supports children and youth-based charities in Alberta, like Wordfest.

How to Donate to Wordfest through Birdies for Kids

Donors can choose to pay by cash, cheque, or credit card. All donations over $5,000 must be paid by cheque. All cheques must be made out to the ‘Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation.’ Do not pay Wordfest directly. Donations under $5,000 can be made through the online portal (be sure to select Wordfest on the dropdown of Participating Charities) at the following link:

Donate Online*

*Donations exceeding $5,000 must be made by cheque.

How do Matching Funds Work?

  • 50% matching funds for first $20,000 contributed.
  • 15%  matching funds for the next $30,000 contributed.
  • 5% matching funds for the next $200,000 contributed.

Donate Online*

*Donations exceeding $5,000 must be made by cheque.

How do I donate by cheque?

All cheques must be made out to the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation, and mailed or delivered in person to the Wordfest office:

Memorial Park Library
2nd Floor, 1221 2nd Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2R 0W5

Please Contact Us for Assistance

How do I set up a monthly donation?

Please note that only donations made through Birdies for Kids are eligible for matching contributions. However, if you prefer to set up a monthly donation to Wordfest, please visit our fundraising page on

Donate Monthly on CanadaHelps

Who do I contact for more information?

Brian O’Neill
General Manager and Fund Development
403-260-2707 |