Each year we publish a Charity List of reviewed organizations to coincide with GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday is an annual global movement of generosity. In the post – Giving & Receiving: Are you Wonder-prone? We explore the actions of generosity. While Socrates may have challenged us with the notion of what is effective philanthropy, what we do know is that there are both societal and individual ripples associated with giving.

In working with clients, we explore the different types of assets at their disposal that can be integrated in a giving plan. We call these assets the 4 T’s – Time, Talent Treasures and Ties. When you consider your giving for the 2023 holiday season, aside from your wealth, how else can you tap into your time, your expertise and your network?

The Charity List is a compilation of organizations supported throughout the year by all of our donors through the Place2Give Foundation and our consulting clients through Karma & Cents. In many cases, these are agencies that we have reviewed and recommended based on a donor risk tolerance and/or the funding objectives of the donor.

If you are interested in supporting any one of these agencies, please visit the GIVE page at Place2Give where you can specify the charity you’d like to support. In addition, you can choose to support one of our customized GIVE funds. Each fund has its own Charity List outlining its allocations for the year. 

2023 Charity List


  • AARCS (Calgary)
  • Calgary Humane Society (Calgary)
  • CPAWS (Calgary)
  • Dogs with Wings (Edmonton)
  • Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) (Canada)
  • Parachutes for Pets (Alberta)

Arts & Culture

  • Calgary Jewish Federation – Holocaust Education (Calgary)
  • Canadian Human Rights Museum (Winnipeg)
  • Honens (Calgary)
  • Heritage Park (Calgary)
  • National Music Centre (Canada)
  • Opera Canada (Ontario)
  • Theatre Calgary (Calgary)

Community Foundations

  • (The) Calgary Foundation (Calgary)
  • Calgary Jewish Community Foundation (Calgary)
  • Central Okanagan Community Foundation (Kelowna)

General Education

  • Calgary Public Library Foundation (Calgary)
  • Mindfuel (Calgary)


  • Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area (Alberta)
  • Ducks Unlimited (Canada)
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada (Winnipeg)


  • Futurpreneur Foundation (Canada)
  • Junior Achievement (Canada)
  • Momentum (Calgary)
  • Two-Wheel View (Calgary)
  • Platform Calgary (Calgary)

Food Security

  • Leftovers Foundation (Calgary)
  • Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank (Calgary)
  • BB4CK (Calgary
  • The Alex Food Centre (Calgary)
  • Fresh Routes (non-profit) (Calgary)

Gender-Based Violence

  • Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter (Calgary)
  • PREVNet – Hope Lab (Canada)
  • Victoria Women’s Transition Housing Society (Victoria)


  • Alberta Children’s Hospital Fndn (Calgary)
  • Branchout Neurological Foundation (Canada)
  • Carpenter Hospice (Burlington)
  • Kids Cancer Care Foundation (Calgary)
  • Montreal Chapter of Familial Dysautonomia (Montreal)
  • Stollery Children’s Hospital (Edmonton)
  • Sunshine Foundation (Canada)
  • The Alex – Dental Health Program (Calgary)
  • Wellspring Calgary (Calgary)


  • Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (Canada)
  • Habitat for Humanity (Canada)

Indigenous Programming

  • Artemis Place (Kelowna)
  • Creating Hope Society (Alberta)
  • Indspire Awards (Canada)
  • Miskanaw Community Services Organization (Calgary)
  • Thunderbird Foundation (Canada)
  • Urban Aboriginal Youth Society (Calgary)


  • Charities Aid Foundation (International)
  • Dentistry for All (Guatemala)
  • Doctors Without Borders (Toronto)
  • iGiveSight (Canada)
  • Give Sight Global (US)
  • Health & Hope Foundation (Tanzania)
  • Mogen David Adom (Israel)
  • KBF Canada (International)
  • World Central Kitchen (International)

Intersectional Feminism & Equity/Diversity/Inclusion

  • Canadian Centre for Men & Families (Canada)
  • Canadian Women in Sports (Toronto)
  • Centre for Sexuality (Calgary)
  • Community Links – Airdrie (Airdrie)
  • Dress For Success (Vancouver)
  • Fast & Female (Canmore)
  • Sagesse (Alberta)
  • Skipping Stones (Calgary)
  • Two-Wheel View (Calgary)
  • West Coast LEAF (BC)
  • WITS (Canada)
  • YWCA (Calgary)

Mental Health

  • #SickNotWeak (Canada)
  • Anxieties Disorder Assoc. of Manitoba (ADAM) (Winnipeg)
  • Bruce Oake Recovery Centre (Winnipeg)
  • CASA (Alberta)
  • Calgary Counseling Centre (Calgary)
  • Distress Centre Calgary (Calgary)
  • FRAYME (Canada)
  • Kickstand (Alberta)
  • Kids Help Phone (Canada)
  • Headwater Learning Foundation
  • IYS Net (Canada)
  • Mental Health Foundation – Kickstand (Alberta)
  • The Huddle – United Way of Winnipeg (Winnipeg)
  • The Summit: Marian & Jim Sinneave Centre for Youth Resilience (Calgary)
  • Two-Ten Recovery Centre (Winnipeg)

Post Secondary Education

  • AUArts (Calgary)
  • University of Calgary – Cummings School of Medicine (Calgary)
  • University of Calgary – Werklund Faculty of Education (Calgary)
  • University of Calgary – Schulich School of Engineering (Calgary)
  • University of Calgary – Faculty of Science (Calgary)
  • University of Calgary – Faculty of Social Work – SHIFT Program (Calgary)
  • University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business (Calgary)
  • University of Victoria – Transgender Studies (Victoria)
  • University of Toronto – Faculty of Kinesiology (Toronto)
  • Hebrew University (Jerusalem)


  • The Alex (Calgary)
  • United Jewish Appeal (Canada)
  • I Can for Kids (Calgary)

Public Policy

  • Aristotle Foundation (Canada)
  • Centre for Civic Engagement (Canada)
  • Chatham House (International)
  • Frontier Centre for Public Policy (Canada)
  • McDonald Laurier Institute (Canada)
  • Montreal Economic Forum (Canada)

Refugee & Immigration

  • Centre for Newcomers (Calgary)
  • Islamic Family & Social Services Association (Edmonton)
  • Windmill Micro-Lending (Canada)

Youth & Children

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (Calgary)
  • Camp BB (Alberta)
  • Camp Hatikva (BC)
  • Camp Miriam (BC)
  • carya – Starburst Program (Calgary)
  • CUPS – One World Childcare Centre & Parenting Program (Calgary)
  • THORN (US)
  • Trellis (Calgary)
  • Quest Theatre (Calgary)
  • Road 2 Racing (Canada)
  • YMCA (Calgary)
  • Youth Central (Calgary)
  • Youth Centres of Calgary (Calgary)

What we consider when reviewing a charity or project

We assess the following areas in relation to our clients’ overall philanthropic risk tolerance: governance, leadership, competitive landscape, program delivery, community engagement and financials. As practice we only look at the financials if the organization has met the standards in the other performance areas.

As with all of our work, this list is unique to the donors we worked with this year. These organizations meet the individual philanthropic objectives of the funders’. As such, this list is not an endorsement of an organization’s overall transparency or performance. A connection between a donor and a charity is based on the risk tolerance set out by our client.