ECF’s Board has chosen to invest in a key community priority in a targeted way. The End Poverty Edmonton report was released in 2015 and requires a community response to end poverty within a generation. ECF is supporting several initiatives, both directly and in partnership. Part of our involvement is collaborating on the Edmonton Shift Lab with Skills Society Action Lab, to develop strategies to reduce racism as it contributes to poverty.
ECF is also a lead partner in the creation of the Edmonton Community Development Company, a non-profit company devoted to community economic development in Edmonton neighbourhoods, in particular neighbourhoods that experience lower income, higher unemployment or underemployment, inadequate access to basic services, a lack of sufficient quality and affordable housing, and a higher prevalence of social problems. ECF has also made commitments to match gifts made to the United Way, to encourage new and higher gifts that address poverty in our community.