At Capital Power, we're proud of the active community participation of our employees. Some donate their time as coaches, volunteers and board members, some support community fundraising initiatives, others lend their skills and talent to local community organizations, and many make personal financial contributions. Our employees are committed to helping make their local communities safer, stronger, and better places to live and work.
Through the committed efforts of our employees, Capital Power supports an array of broad-reaching community projects that touch the lives of many.
EmPowering Communities encourages employee volunteerism and recognizes the valuable gifts of time, skill and knowledge that employees give to the community.
Employees and their families who volunteer a combined minimum of 35 hours in a calendar year can apply for a $500 grant to be donated by Capital Power to a non-profit organization of the employee’s choice. Employees who refer co-workers to participate in the program for the first time are eligible to direct a referral grant of $250 to a non-profit or charitable service organization.
In 2018, 148 employees were involved in the program and 26 employees participated for the first time after being referred by a colleague. Nearly 13,000 hours in volunteer time were reported by employees and their families in 2018. In recognition of this dedication, we contributed $78,250 to non-profit organizations across North America.
In 2018, grants were provided to 133 unique organizations including:
GENerosity is an innovative matching donation program offered to all permanent Capital Power employees. Capital Power matches employee charitable donations up to $500 annually, anytime throughout the year. Employees are free to direct matched funds towards any registered charity they would like to support.
The Charitable Impact Foundation (“Chimp”), a registered charity, administers the GENerosity program for Capital Power employees, allowing them easy access to their own personal online giving account.
Capital Power has had a long history of supporting our local United Way agencies in the communities where we work and live. We support its commitment to create positive lasting change and building stronger communities.
Each fall, during “Capitalize on Your GENerosity”, Capital Power matches employee donations to the United Way over and above the $500/employee annual match amount, with no maximum.
In 2018, we matched just over $67,000 to employees through GENerosity and another $104,000 through additional United Way matching, meaning a total of $342,000 was directed to charities selected by our employees.
Capital Power encourages employees in Canada and the U.S. to participate in team volunteer activities for team-building and to raise community awareness by helping local agencies in their communities.
These opportunities bring community agencies and employee groups together to provide a "hands-on" experience where employees complete various projects for charitable or non-profit organizations.
Employee teams regularly participate in group volunteering activities at various agencies serving people in need within their communities. Further, within our corporate sponsorships and community partnerships, Capital Power works with community partners to offer volunteer opportunities for our employees and their families and friends with the Edmonton's Food Bank, Stollery Children’s Hospital, Art Gallery of Alberta, Bissell Centre, Hope Mission and a number of charitable military organizations including Valour Place, and the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre.