We feel responsible for the wellbeing of the place we call home and the people we live next to.

To us, your wellbeing goes beyond physical, mental or financial factors. It's about OUR wellbeing, together, as Albertans.

Supporting our local community is important because, as Albertans, we’re all a part of something greater than ourselves. Our community gives us a deeper sense of belonging.

Where are we currently giving?

Sled Island
Sponsorship


Since 2007, Sled Island's thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit have produced a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of music, comedy, film and art as well as over 40,000 attendees across multiple venues, earning rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe.

In 2022, we brought the 'za to this event by creating a "pizza ATM" that transacted slices of pizza to the attendees.

connectFirst is stoked to be back as Presenting Sponsor of Sled Island for 2023. If you're rocking out at Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, we've got the ultimate break spot for you! Swing by The DeLorean Lounge—our very own bar-cade lounge. Enjoy deep cuts from the 80s and fresh pizza from today. Find us exclusively on the second floor of the #1 Royal Canadian Legion during Sled Island from June 21-25, 2023.


Class of 2022 - by Avenue Magazine
Sponsorship

connectFirst is helping build a brighter future for all Albertans and we love celebrating when we see people doing awesome things in their communities. That’s why we’re excited to be Platinum Sponsor of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards in Calgary.
Get to know some of Alberta’s changemakers from the Top 40 class of 2022.

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Calgary International Film Festival
Sponsorship



As one of Canada’s largest credit unions that is based right here in Calgary, we are so proud to be welcoming the world to our local stage. We’re joined the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) as the presenting sponsor to celebrate its 23rd year. CIFF runs from September 21- October 1, 2023, and has showcased over 175 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and around the world. As the largest film festival in Alberta and is the sixth-largest in Canada, it provides unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact. It’s an Oscar-qualifying festival for short films, a Canadian Screen Award Qualifying festival, and was named one of "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in 2009, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 & 2022 by MovieMaker Magazine.

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Telus Spark After Dark
Sponsorship

connectFirst is pleased to be the Supporting Sponsor of TELUS Spark After Dark. TELUS Spark Science Centre presents Spark After Dark, an exclusive 18+ adult night where the entire science centre comes alive for an unforgettable evening of entertainment. Each night is dedicated to a unique theme, ensuring a diverse range of experiences for our adult audience. Spark After Dark offers an array of exciting programming tailored specifically for adults, from fascinating experiments to mind-bending demonstrations, immerse yourself in a world of scientific wonder and discovery. Indulge in a delicious selection of treats, and specialty-themed cocktails, all expertly crafted by their culinary team and partner vendors. Sip on refreshing drinks as you explore the interactive exhibits or mingle with fellow science enthusiasts. Spark After Dark promises an unforgettable night of entertainment, education, and pure scientific delight.


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YMCA/YMAP
Partnership

With connectFirst’s commitment to banking on brighter futures, our partnership with YMCA ensures that youth are supported in developing vital social and emotional skills, deepening their community involvement, and fostering their leadership identities. We specifically support the YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP) which serves youth that are refugees, immigrants, international students, and second-generation Canadians from more than 50 countries.

Through this partnership we:

• Co-hosted Mock Interview Days to prepare youth feel confident and ready to tackle the ever-changing job markets
• Hosted Financial Literacy workshops with youth’s input on how they want to be financially empowered
• And much more!


Mount Royal University
Partnership

connectFirst are proud partners with the Institute for Community Prosperity and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University. Being future and community focused, we co-host the connectFirst Social Entrepreneurs Program, designed for students seeking to create real change using economic tools to address complex social change. Democratizing innovation, 10 students receive a $500 cash stipend and certificate of completion upon successfully completing all 7 sessions of the program.

Fostering high-impact talent in Alberta, we also participate in the infamous JMH LaunchPad Pitch Competition by providing a $10,000 connectFirst Social Impact Award to aspiring student entrepreneurs.


Here's the rest, and counting.
  • Okotoks Dawgs
  • Top 40 under 40
  • Strathmore Stampede
  • Hull Services Stampede Breakfast
  • Gordon Hoffman Charity Golf Classic
  • Momentum – Be Local YYC and Aspire Calgary
  • Local Investing YYC
  • Ag for Life
  • Calgary Economic Development
  • Stavely Pro Rodeo
  • Community 4-H Sales and Shows
  • Summer Synergy Youth Livestock Show
  • Brooks Smoker Wars
  • Brooks Bombers Baseball Association
  • Edmonton Habitat for Humanity
  • CIFF
  • Calgary Chamber of Commerce
  • Red Deer Chamber of Commerce
  • Calgary Real Estate Forum
  • Heart of the Horse
  • Carstairs Beef & Barley Smokin' BBQ Dinner
  • Studio Bell National Music Centre
  • Strathmore Cowboy Town Concert
  • Rolling Hills Valentine Gala
  • Delia Women's Calving Clinic
  • Rosemary Ag Society
  • Kathryn School Aggie Days
  • Olds Farmers Tournament
  • Elders Story Project
  • Centre for Sexuality
  • Southern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association (SACHA)

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Investing in our community is an investment in ourselves.

Why? Because we’re your neighbours, our kids go to the same school, we sit alongside you on the bleachers. We share a community - let’s build on the things that make it great.

2023 was a year full of vibrant community collaborations as we all came together to build a brighter future for all.

Read our 2023 community report ➜


Matched savings program.

Learn and Earn Scholarship

Applications closed January 05, 2024

connectFirst Credit Union, in partnership with community partners, has developed the Learn and Earn Scholarship Program.

Based on learning from the "Matched Savings Program Toolkit" provided by Credit Union Central of Canada, the goal was to establish a consistent approach to scholarships by developing a matched savings initiative designed as a financial education program to help youth save towards education or job training, and develop financial and savings skills.

Overview:

This 8-month matched savings program helps grade 12 students learn how to save, plan for their future career, and get enrolled in post-secondary education or trades programs. A total of 12 scholarships will be given out every year.

  • Students can earn $4 for every $1 saved, up to a total of $78 a month or $2,520
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Financial aid for Alberta trades programs.

STEM Scholarship

Applications open July 15 to August 19, 2024

Helping students get off on the right foot is just one part of how we do business. At connectFirst, we’re banking on a brighter future and investing in our communities and Albertans to build a more prosperous province for all. The purpose of the STEM Scholarship is to help provide financial aid for students enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math field (STEM), and skilled trades programs in Alberta.

Overview:

The STEM Scholarship program is for students enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math field or a skilled trades program in Alberta. A total of four (4) scholarships worth $650 each will be awarded.

  • Must reside in Alberta and be age 17+
  • Must be a current member of connectFirst Credit Union
  • Must be enrolled or accepted to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math field or a skilled trades program in Alberta
  • Must be a full-time student enrolled or accepted to enroll in an undergraduate or technical program in the academic year of 2024-2025
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Sponsorships and donations.

Neighbourgood Grants

Applications open February 16 to September 23, 2024

Our NeighbourGood grant program is designed to support the communities we live, work, and play in.
Each of our branches across Alberta have local budgets to provide sponsorships or donations between $100 and $2000 to support local non-profits, charities, societies, cooperatives or social-enterprises.
Whether it is a new community program or public event, our teams want to hear about it!
See below to review eligibility and to apply for a NeighbourGood grant today.

What types of applications are NOT eligible?

  • Advertising
  • Programs with a specific religious focus
  • Political organizations (as per the Political Relationships and Activities Policy, G10)
  • Professional sports teams
  • Individual sports teams
  • National initiatives
  • Individuals or private businesses

What types of expenses are ineligible?

  • Deficit or debt reduction
  • Retroactive expenses
Apply now

connectFirst acknowledges that we operate throughout Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 territories.

Treaty 7 territory which is the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw and Wesley First Nation. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Treaty 6 territory is the traditional territories of the Cree, Saulteaux, Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, and Nakota Sioux Peoples. connectFirst is dedicated to ensuring the spirit of these treaties is honored and respected.

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