The Hull Child and Family Foundation: 30 Years of Supporting Hull Services

Submitted on Thursday, 06/01/2023 - 3:53 pm

The Hull Child and Family Foundation has been an unwavering pillar of support for Hull Services over the past three decades. Through their commitment and dedication, the foundation has played an instrumental role in empowering and transforming the lives of countless young people and families.

Hull Services was in a place of hardship in the early 90’s, as government funding was cut drastically in many social service agencies. Hull was in a unique place in that it owned the land it sat on, and the land around it which was becoming encircled by Calgary communities. 

A group of engaged community volunteers including Charlie Fischer, Jim McKibben, Jim Hume, Martha Cohen, Aleck Trawick, and Lou Zaganelli worked for months to find the best way to use Hull’s assets to support the urgent needs of the Agency. On May 6, 1993, the Hull Child and Family Foundation was officially created to satisfy those urgencies with the development of the residual property adjacent to the current SW Agency grounds, now known as the neighbourhood of Woodbine/Woodlands.

The foundation was created to support the essential service that is Hull. For thirty years the foundation has grown the endowment from the original proceeds of the development of approximately $7 million, into a healthy $12 million dollar endowment, all to support Hull.  

The foundation’s longstanding partnership has been characterized by a shared vision of nurturing resilience and fostering positive change. Their profound impact on Hull Services has extended far beyond monetary support. Their guidance, expertise, and compassionate approach have helped shape the organization’s growth, ensuring the provision of high-quality care and support to vulnerable children and families.

While the endowment has grown, so has the allocations to support Hull and our programs and services. In addition to the above growth in the endowment, the Foundation has granted over $12 million in funding to the Agency, supporting ongoing training, infrastructure needs, programming, and capital projects to name but a few areas we have funded. 

Hull Services is immensely grateful to the Hull Child and Family Foundation for their unwavering support over the past three decades. Their commitment to making a difference serves as a testament to the power of collective action in building stronger, healthier communities for generations to come.