How we give

We support non-profit organizations, projects and initiatives that help build and enhance the community. We look to create shared value through mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations concentrating on our three core areas: Healthy and Safe Communities, Bright Futures and Environmental Champions.

Our core areas:

Healthy and Safe Communities

  • Hospitals, public health centres, social services
  • Fire and rescue, ambulance and police departments
  • Health-based charities at the local, community level
  • Community agricultural events
  • Amateur athletic and athletic development programs and organizations
  • Endeavors in the performing and visual arts, especially those combined with education and those tied to environment, health and/or safety
  • Organizations promoting good citizenship, social responsibility and community quality of life
  • Organizations dedicated to alleviating community social issues such as homeless shelters, women’s shelters, food banks and youth services, etc.

Bright Futures

  • Universities, colleges, libraries and local schools
  • Scholarships
  • Award sponsorship
  • Curriculum enriching education programs
  • Community-based learning initiatives

Environmental Champions

  • Organizations and projects that focus on environmental protection or conservation
  • Community-based environmental initiatives
  • Educational programming focused on environmental protection and/or conservation

Additional Information

Selection Criteria

  • Supports one of our three community investment categories (Healthy and Safe Communities, Bright Futures or Environmental Champions)
  • Based in the Alton community
  • Registered charity or an established not-for-profit community organization
  • Causes and community programs that are of greatest significance to the Alton community
  • Programs that provide long-term positive results and benefits

Ineligible Organizations

  • Organizations located outside of the Alton community
  • Organizations that discriminate
  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations
  • Political organizations or events
  • Service or fraternal clubs
  • Advocacy and lobbying initiatives
  • Gala events (with exception of silent auction items)
  • Travel for individuals or groups
  • Golf tournaments unless all the funding requested goes directly to a charitable organization
  • Trips, tours or conferences
  • National appeals
  • Advertising, memberships, ticket sales or lotteries
  • Mass mail, telephone or other paid solicitation methods through a third-party fundraiser
  • Mass mailed or non-addressed solicitations

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