Charities in Edmonton and Area

This ever-growing list of Edmonton charities is provided for information purposes. It’s broken up into a few categories and charities are in alphabetical order. Please use the comment section below or contact us to let us know about other amazing charities in the greater Edmonton area so we can add them to the list. Please notify us of incorrect or dead links. Some charities have chapters in other cities or provinces, but we accept nominations as long as they are willing to use our donations locally.

Abuse & Domestic Violence

Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ambassador for women’s shelters in Alberta, providing support to members; informing solutions to end domestic violence; work together to end domestic violence and abuse)

Little Warriors & Be Brave Ranch (committed to the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse)

Lurana Shelter (safe refuge and life changing services to women and children who were victims of domestic violence in our community)

Riseup House (group support, counselling and resources for women impacted by intimate partner abuse, and educates individuals and community groups about preventing and addressing abuse)

Saffron Centre (offering help to victims of sexual assault; specializing in crisis, therapy, and education)

Stop Abuse In Families (SAIF) (services to clients experiencing abuse and its devastating effects to the family unit; support groups and provide educational prevention programs to schools and groups in our community)

Today Family Violence Help Centre (safe place for individuals victimized by family violence to access free, confidential, emotional and practical support; providing short-term support through risk assessment, safety planning, assessment of immediate needs, and supported referrals)

Wings of Providence (second-stage support for women with children who have experienced family violence)

Zebra Child Protection Centre (a community of agencies that responds to allegations of child abuse with compassion, support and protection)

Addiction & Recovery

Edmonton Dream Centre (providing hope and health to women in crisis (and their children) through a long-term holistic residential recovery program that results in healing and permanent lifestyle improvements)

Our House (providing an environment where individuals with addictions can embark on a recovery process directed towards a meaningful, productive lifestyle)

Oxford House (contributes to the re-integration of individuals afflicted with drug or alcohol dependencies back into society by providing ongoing “family-type” support beyond the treatment phase)


CaliCan Rescue Foundation (goal to put a dent in puppy mills in California and Alberta, provide education on the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, and to encourage adopting over shopping)

Dogs with Wings (working collaboratively, and in partnership with other organizations that provide assistance dogs to people with disabilities)

GEARS (Through education and responsible rehoming practices, the Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society is an animal rescue and advocate for the welfare of companion animals.)

Edmonton Humane Society (helping homeless and abused companion animals, educating the public to enhance the quality of life for companion animals)

Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society (IWARS) (rescue, rehabilitate and re-home unwanted, abused and neglected animals and find them their forever homes)

Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) (volunteer run animal rescue society, helping feed, house or medically aid animals in need)

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton (education, plus provide care for injured, contaminated, and orphaned wildlife)

ZOE’s Animal Rescue (rescuing animals from undesirable situations, providing loving foster homes, and any needed medical care, then placing the right animal with the right person to ensure a successful adoption)


Art Gallery of Alberta (centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas)

Edmonton Opera (dedicated to producing great performances that bring the powerful emotions of opera to our community)

Fringe Theatre Adventures (providing a vibrant year-round home in Edmonton for local, national, and international artists to present theatre arts that challenge audiences, and celebrate the cultural fabric of our communities)

Kaleido Family Arts Festival (ree arts festival featuring music, dance, theatre, film, literary, and visual arts)

Opera Nuovo (training organization for operatic vocalists and collaborative pianists across Canada, bridging gap between academia and a professional career)

The Works International Visual Arts Society (promoting visual arts and design among the public at large and the artistic community by developing, producing and marketing special projects, programs and events)

Children & Youth

Basically Babies (provide basic outfitting needs of newborn babies born to families in extreme need in the greater Edmonton area, a complete first year’s wardrobe for these infants, plus toys and other baby essentials)

Edmonton Inner City Children’s Program (providing quality recreational and educational programming to children and youth in the McCauley/Boyle Street community)

iHuman Youth Society (engaging traumatized youth who exhibit high-risk lifestyles through arts-based programming, developing skills, self-esteem and a sense of worth and ability through mentorship, crisis intervention and targeted programming)

Kids with Cancer Society (vital programs and services not offered elsewhere to children with cancer and their families who reside in Northern Alberta and the North West Territories)

Kids Kottage (Edmonton’s first and only crisis nursery, opened in 1995 with a mandate to prevent child abuse and neglect before it becomes a way of life.)

Kids On Track (hope, direction and support for families whose socioeconomic situations have made it difficult for them to access opportunities needed for optimal development of their children and young people)

 Kids Up Front Foundation (providing access to arts, sports and entertainment events for disadvantaged children and youth)

Ronald McDonald House (home away from home for the families of seriously ill children who are staying at a nearby hospital)

Terra Centre (providing services for pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton)

Uncles & Aunts at Large (companionship, mentoring and friendly support to children ages 6 to 18 from single-parent families)

YouCan Youth Services (programs and services helping youth-at-risk with education, job training and life skills)

Youth Emergency Services (unconditionally devoted to helping youth facing difficult realities, one-of-a-kind services provide support to youth who have found other doors closed to them)


Adopt A Teen (help provide Christmas gifts to Edmonton teens)

Christmas Bureau (making sure every Edmontonian in need enjoys a festive meal at Christmastime — warming hearts one plate at a time)

Santa’s Anonymous (The mission of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous was inspired by a simple wish: to see every child receive a new toy at Christmas.)


Edmonton Police Services Foundation (education initiatives and crime prevention through community relationships)

Friends of the Devonian Botanic Garden (The Green school program at the DBG, supported by the Friends provides classes and education on plants and growing. Additionally we fund a bursary program to enable lower income families to access the summer camp programs at the Garden to make it more accessible and inclusive for children to attend who cannot afford the fees.)

Edmonton Regional Search & Rescue Association (providing search & rescue for people in distress)

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton (giving a “hand up” to hard working families, believing that home ownership is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and to building equity and hope for children)

Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre (offering wide range of programs for both children and their families)

Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (harvest, process, and preserve local fruit in the Edmonton capital region, fostering community involvement and knowledge sharing)

Senior Assisted Transportation Society (offering safe and affordable volunteer driven transportation for seniors, allowing seniors with health or physical limitations to remain in their own homes and actively participate in activities that contribute positively to their quality of life)

Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (Sage) (enhance quality of life of older persons and their families by providing services to promote socialization, safety, health, wellbeing, information and advocacy of seniors)

Seniors Outreach Network Society (providing outreach services to isolated, low income seniors residing in north Edmonton)

Suit Yourself (increase the confidence and self esteem of disadvantaged women searching for employment or making a transition into the workforce through the collection and distribution of quality wardrobe items)

Support Network (Crisis Support Centre, 211 Alberta – Edmonton and Area, Volunteer Edmonton and Wellness Network programs give individuals and families the resources and support they need to cope with suicide, manage crisis situations, improve their day-to-day lives, and access community resources)

Sustainable Food Edmonton (engage communities in healthy food through community gardens & education)

Disadvantaged, Low-Income & Homeless

Bissel Centre (working with others to empower people to move from poverty, enabling them to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community, have sustainable livelihoods, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life)

Boyle McCauley Health Centre (focus on health needs of Edmonton’s inner city people by providing varied and flexible primary health care and health promotion services)

CTV Good Neighbour Fund (considers limited assistance to those individuals/families requiring support in exceptional cases whose circumstances or need is not covered by other assistance)

E4C (moving vulnerable people toward positive, healthy, and lasting change)

Hope Mission (not-for-profit Christian social care agency caring for impoverished and homeless men, women and children in Alberta)

KARA Family Resource Centre (collaborative of 16 community agencies and/or individuals who identified a need for services to low income, single mothers)

Mustard Seed (delivering basic services, including six evening meals per week, clothing, and personal items, to those living in poverty; providing housing and employment services to those in need)

Operation Friendship Seniors Society (providing housing, support, meals and services to inner city seniors)


ManCap Foundation (provide Edmonton high school students university scholarships, focus on leadership & entrepreneurship)

Project Adult Literacy Society (comitted to changing lives through literacy)

End of Life Support & Wish Granting

Angels Anonymous (granting wishes to parents with terminal illness to leave memories for their children) Recipient of 100 People Who Care donations July 2014

Children’s Wish Foundation – AB & NWT Chapter (granting wishes to Alberta children with high risk and life threatening illnesses)

Pilgrim’s Hospice (enhancing the quality and dignity of life for those experiencing progressive life-threatening illness, offering whole person care, inclusive of the family, and extending into bereavement support)

Rainbow Society of Alberta (fulfilling wishes of Alberta children with chronic or life
threatening illnesses)

Family Services

Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre (enriching lives of individuals and families through positive action, education and support, as absences from family support systems, difficulties  during deployments, solo parenting  or coping with an injury or loss are realities for military families are realities which can have a significant impact on family well-being)

Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society (non-profit organization dedicated to serving victims of fire or disaster by helping them with basic supplies such as household necessities, furniture and support at no cost. We also operate a Thrift Store that accommodates not only the impoverished and low income but also the rising number of working poor.)

Islamic Family and Social Services Association (food bank & services for families in need within an Islamic context)

Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) Society (providing support and education for the parents & families of young people with substance abuse issues)

Health & Wellness

Edmonton Firefighters Burn Treatment Society (annual year long campaign, proceeds given to the Firefighters Burn Treatment Unit at The University of Alberta Hospital)

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (one of Canada’s leading foremost orchestral ensembles)

Mental Health Foundation (serving and supporting the access-to-care and supported living needs of individuals with mental illness and addiction)

Compassion House (a haven for women battling breast cancer. Warm, inviting and modern, guests discover a safe and quiet place where they can come together and focus on what matters most.)

Special Needs, Physical & Developmental Disabilities

Camp Health, Hope & Happiness Society (providing safe and rewarding recreational opportunities to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities)

Easter Seals (programs providing vital mobility and accessibility equipment based on need – regardless of age, disease or disability)

Getting Ready for Inclusion Today (GRIT) Program (family-centered, early education program assisting the child with special needs to be fully included in family life and community)

Goodwill (social enterprise providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to improve their lives through meaningful employment)

Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts (programs for artists with developmental disabilities and a venue to express their creativity)

Spinal Cord Injury Alberta (empowers persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence and full community participation)

Winnifred Steward Association (supporting persons with developmental disabilities to have full lives)


*All charities listed here are for information purposes only and a listing does not necessarily constitute support or affiliation. No funding is implied or guaranteed, and visitors should confirm the charity’s status before donating or volunteering.

5 thoughts on “Charities in Edmonton and Area

  1. Dear 100 People Who Care,
    Please consider the addition of The Friends of the Devonian Botanic Garden under your list of registered non-profit charitable organizations. The Green school program at the DBG, Supported by the Friends in part would especially fit in the Education Category. Additionally we have recently been asked to fund a bursary program to enable lower income families to access the summer camp programs at the garden to make it more accessible and inclusive for children to attend who cannot afford the fees.

    Thank you so very much,
    Karen Olivier
    President Elect
    Friends of the Devonian Botanic Garden.

    Please Contact Dana Wallace, Executive Director for any details required. 780-221-6467
    or myself, Karen Olivier 780-246-3022


  2. The Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society is a non profit organization dedicated to serving victims of fire or disaster by helping them with basic supplies such as household necessities, furniture and support at no cost. We also operate a Thrift Store that accommodates not only the impoverished and low income but also the rising number of working poor.
    We are currently working on updating our website.
    Thank you.


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