Fuel Exceptional Kids Here.

Help support Wordfest’s extensive youth engagement, including our Indigenous Youth Program, which connects leading Indigenous authors for free to junior and senior high school students. Last year, we were able to present 23 authors – including Cherie Dimaline, Jesse Thistle, Humble the Poet and Emma Donoghue – to 11,386 students at no charge to schools who qualify for complimentary programming.

We are working actively with schools and teachers to see how Wordfest can support students in this difficult time and help make life-changing connections with authors from a safe distance. Thank you for your generosity.

Over the past decade, Wordfest’s Youth Program has connected more than 100,000 students with the world’s most inspiring speakers and authors, including Olympic Gold Medalist & social justice activist Mark Tewksbury, NASA astronaut Dave Williams and Governor General Award-winning graphic duo Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Instagram poet Najwa Zebian, and Indigenous advocates Cherie Dimaline, Bob Joseph, Wab Kinew and Jesse Thistle.

But not every school can afford our superstar authors and that’s not fair. Our 2020 goal is to subsidize these life-changing experiences and make sure that every participating school library receives two copies of each author’s books.

Your contribution to Wordfest’s Youth Program will fuel these unique opportunities for kids in Grades 5 to 12, a pivotal (and under-served) time in their development. With respect. With excitement. With openness. With empathy. With the goods.

Maximize your donation’s impact from now until Aug. 30, 2020

Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink (BFK) is a non-profit program run under the Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation. All donations to Wordfest through Birdies for Kids are matched up to 50%! See below for more information on how to donate through BFK online or by cheque.

Shelley Youngblut
CEO & Creative Ringleader
“Connecting Calgarians with Life-Changing Experiences”

How do I donate online through BFK?

Donate online through the Shaw Birdies for Kids matching program by visiting Wordfest’s charity page at the link below.

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How do I make a general donation?

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

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How do I donate by cheque?

All donations through the Birdies for Kids matching program must be made out to ‘Calgary Shaw Charity Classic Foundation,’ and mailed or delivered in person to the Wordfest office. Tax Receipts will be issued by the Foundation. If you wish to make a general donation outside the matching program, please make your cheque payable to ‘Wordfest.’

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

Please Contact Us for Assistance

Who do I contact for more information?

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

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