When other festivals pivoted to online in 2020, Calgary’s pirouetted and pounced into the digital space with huge ambition and imagination.” — The Globe & Mail

It’s because of your support – as audience members, book buyers, advocates, donors – that Wordfest provided a unique conduit for big, generous ideas throughout the pandemic. “You make my life better” was the message that accompanied a recent anonymous donation that filled our small but fearless team with great joy and much-needed financial fuel as we plan for 2022 and beyond.

Why might you consider a donation to Wordfest’s Legacy Fund?

  • You share our passion for connecting people with transformative ideas
  • You want to ignite the next generation through our free Youth programming
  • You want to support local and national authors, artists, filmmakers and musicians
  • You’ve felt less isolated by being part of the Wordfest community
  • You’ve used sparks generated by our shows to ignite your community, family and friends
  • You want to make Wordfest programming accessible to everyone
  • You’re proud to see a Calgary-based arts organization innovate and grow nationally and internationally
  • You want to join forces with the hundreds of Wordfesters who generously support our work

We shine so much brighter because of your light. Thank you! XO Wordfest

Shelley Youngblut
CEO & Creative Ringleader

Purpose of the Legacy Fund

Contributions to the Legacy Fund fund will go toward an unrestricted reserve that can be accessed in future years to innovate or redesign programs for long-term sustainability.

How do I make a Legacy Fund donation?

To make a one-time or monthly contribution online to Wordfest’s Legacy Fund, please visit our fundraising page on CanadaHelps.org.

How do I donate by cheque?

When contributing to the Legacy Fund, please clearly mark “Legacy Fund Donation” in the memo line of the cheque, or indicate your preference in an enclosed letter or note.

Please make your donation by cheque payable to ‘Wordfest.’ We are able to issue official tax receipts for donations of $20 or more.

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Please Contact Us for Assistance

How Do I Make a Pledge?

If you are interested in making a multi-year pledge to the Legacy Fund, please contact Everett Wilson, Wordfest’s Director of Development and Audience Engagement, at ewilson@wordfest.com.

If you would like to seed imagination at the $25,000 level, please get in touch with Everett and he will be delighted to arrange a conversation with Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest’s CEO & Creative Ringleader.

Contact Us

Who do I contact for more information?

Everett Wilson
Director of Development & Audience Engagement
403-237-9072 | ewilson@wordfest.com

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