September 5th: International Day of Charity

In September 2015, the United Nations recognized that eradicating poverty in all its forms is one of the greatest global challenges and a critical goal for sustainable development. To do this, there was a call for increased global solidarity and attention towards the needs of society’s poorest and most vulnerable. Inspired greatly by the missionaries and work of Mother Teresa, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated the 5th of September as the International Day of Charity.

Interesting Facts for the International Day of Charity

People give their time, money, and skills for many reasons and studies have narrowed down charitable motivations to five key motivators: trust, altruism, social influences, taxes, and egoism. Regardless of the charity they choose, 96% of people give because they feel they have a moral duty to use what they have to help others and 75% have a passionate and personal connection to the cause.

A great majority of Canadians donate at least some money toward charities and non-profit organizations each year, and according to the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP) immigrants were about as likely to donate money as were people born in Canada. Where were they giving? Many chose immigrant service providers like the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society as a way of giving back.

The number one reason why people don’t give to charity? They feel that they can’t afford it. Perhaps this is because they feel that they can’t make a dent in a larger issue, or that their own financial constraints prevent them from doing so. It’s an interesting statement, especially when you compare with the CSGVP’s findings that immigrants who donated contributed more money on average: a value of $554, compared with $409 for the Canadian-born. Even at lower levels of household income, immigrants gave more.

Every little bit helps, but it’s not just about the money but the value and heart you put into your giving.

How do you give to charity? It can be more than just money.

As a non-profit charitable organization, the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society has joined in International Day of Charity and works alongside members in the private sector, multinationals, and other social / philanthropic organizations to help those who need it the most – and we invite you to join us.

Whether it’s through your own unique skills, your time, or a personal contribution, your involvement can make a great difference in the life of a newcomer family or individual starting over in our city. The following are just a few ways that you can help:

Spend your time working with us

Volunteers are the ambassadors of Canada. They are among the first faces that many newcomers meet upon landing, and their welcoming attitudes reassure immigrant families who are arriving in an unfamiliar place.

Many of our programs and services are dependent on the support of volunteers, whether through administrative support or hands-on instruction. We’re always accepting applications from individuals (or groups!) looking to give back to the community – so how will you represent Canada?

Volunteer with us    

Recruit our students

We have many qualified, professional graduates from a variety of backgrounds waiting to become an asset to your business.

Chances are that you’ve already hired one of our graduates and might not even known it. Since we first opened our doors in 1988 we’ve assisted over 250,000 newcomers in Calgary who’ve gone on to become renowned chemists, business entrepreneurs, professional speakers, political figures, teachers, and the list goes on.

By hiring one of our graduates you’re making sure that you’re getting a qualified, adaptable, and highly-motivated professional who is conscious of Canadian culture and the expectations of local markets.

Hire our graduates   

Share what you know

Very often, newcomers and their families are not aware of the full range of programs and services available to them. Tell them about us!

We have three pillars of programming: Language, Employment Training, and Settlement. We’re also happy to share what we’ve learned to the community, whether its a school, other charities, or events. 

Tell others about us! 

Make a donation

Some of our programs and services are free of charge for our clients, with funding generously raised from the community through donations from individuals like yourself, and corporate sponsorships. If you have any questions about donations, specific programs / services to donate to, or would like to meet in person to make a donation, please

Learn about donating