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Pro-golfers and inspiring fans pose for a picture in front of the Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club

The Shaw Charity Classic returns to Calgary August 29 to September 2, 2018, at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club, and alongside the talented pro-golfers inspiring fans, life-changing charitable giving is the true winner of the game.

Since 2013, the Shaw Charity Classic has raised more than $22.1 million for over 180 children and youth-based charities in Alberta. For five years straight, the Classic has set a record for charitable giving on the PGA TOUR Champions.

This year, aiming to set another record, charitable partners include Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, Calgary Police Foundation, Classroom Champions, Horizon Housing, Junior Achievement Southern Alberta, Kids Cancer Care, KidSport Calgary, and The PREP Program.

Year-long charitable giving

Charitable giving isn’t just seasonal in Alberta. In the most recent Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating by Statistics Canada, it was noted that more than 50 per cent of Albertans volunteer for a cause, with an average of 262.3 volunteer hours annually.

In Calgary, charitable donations are the second highest of all major cities in Canada with $450 million being donated in 2016 (source: Statistics Canada). Provincially, Alberta’s average annual charitable donation of $2,581 was the highest among Canadian Provinces and Territories (source: 2017 Generosity Index, Fraser Institute).

Charities in Calgary

Philanthropic endeavors are a way of life in Calgary and a number of Canada’s top charities, based on donations received, call the city home. CharityCAN recognized the following registered Calgary charities in their top 100 list:

• United Way of Calgary and Area
• The Governors of the University of Calgary
• The Calgary Foundation
• The Samaritan’s Purse
• Alberta Cancer Foundation

In addition to numerous four-star rated charities in the city, Charity Intelligence also named two Calgary charities in their top 10 for most impactful charities in Canada – Fresh Start Recovery and Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS).

With a strong sense of purpose, Calgarians and Albertans are contributing to communities that are connected, strong and, with each new volunteer hour or dollar donated, provide a bigger sense of belonging for all.

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