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Alberta Community Development is the department responsible for maintaining and facilitating Albertans’ participation in the cultural, social and economic development of their community and their province. This is achieved through the fostering of community values, human rights, ideals of fairness and inclusion, and preservation of Alberta’s history and natural resources.

Alberta Community Development also serves to link the province’s government with its voluntary sector. It promotes a culture of public initiative and community spirit by offering assistance to those who volunteer and organizations that use the services of volunteers. The linkage between the government and the voluntary sector is vital, in that it allows needs within society to be identified and filled by specialist organizations, while at the same time offering legislative guidance and assistance. In short, it provides a method of maximizing resources for the public good, while minimizing the cost of providing those resources.

Alberta Community Development performs a significant portion of its role through the administration of the Wild Rose Foundation . The Wild Rose Foundation, governed by seven board members, was created in 1984 by the Government of Alberta through the Wild Rose Foundation Act. Its function is to encourage charitable, philanthropic, humanitarian and public-spirited acts, in addition to promoting and supporting volunteerism within Alberta. As part of this mandate, the Wild Rose Foundation reviews funding applications by non-profit and voluntary organizations and provides appropriate resources. It also provides necessary information and support for volunteers and the groups that they serve.

Alberta Community Development acts as a liaison between the Government of Alberta and the province’s voluntary sector. This role is vital in promoting a spirit of volunteerism, philanthropy and public service.

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