The year was 2003. Several Calgary Board of Education Trustees identified a need to reach out to the Calgary community to support non-core enhancement programs and initiatives for Calgary’s public education students.
Established as a non-profit foundation under the original name, The Calgary Board of Education Foundation, the trust’s initial year involved establishing charitable status, recruiting its Board of Governors, hiring foundation staff, articulating a vision and creating a mission.
In January 2005, the trust’s name changed to EducationMatters to better reflect its standing as Calgary’s public education trust. That same year, the trust carried out careful research to determine the needs in the community, and how best to focus the foundation’s efforts both for the student, the donor and Calgary’s public education system.
We developed two important priorities – to ensure that disadvantaged children succeed in school and to ensure that all youth are ready for adult life. These priorities would address specific focus areas including literacy, career and life-skills development, leadership and civic engagement. Our donors also indicated their desire to see support for economically disadvantaged and special needs students, ELL/Diversity, athletics and keeping students in school.