Help us Build Strong Families

For over 60 years, we’ve served with compassion and reverence for all of humanity. As we serve people from all faiths and cultures, our conviction is that the needs of individuals cannot be understood and served in isolation, but only in the context of the support system that surrounds them—their family, however they define it.

Supported by research and guided by the foundational constructs of Brain Science, the Natural Supports Framework, and Trauma-informed Practice, our programs focus on four areas to equip individuals and families to break generational cycles of vulnerability.

1. Mental Health and Well-being

Our emotional, psychological, and social well-being affects how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. With your support, we’re helping people improve their mental health, so they’re more resilient through adversity.

Our programs include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Functional Family Therapy, Brief Intervention Caregiver Support (BICS), Counselling For Teen Parents, Online Self-Help, Rapid Access Counselling

2. Empowering Parents

Research shows that children who find attachment and human connection face reduced risk for mental health problems and addiction and make more positive contributions to their communities. Help us empower moms and dads to be great parents.

Our programs include Families & Schools Together, Life Skills for Teen Parents, Fathers Moving Forward, Online Self-Help

3. Success in School

Education provides a route out of poverty toward better employment, stable housing, and food security. Your donation will help others overcome barriers to getting an education so they can move forward to the life they imagine.

Our programs include Crew, Never Too Late, Indigenous Youth Worker at CACY, Multicultural School Support, Financial Assistance for Teen Parents, Online Self-Help

4. Healthy Children

Babies who get what they need have a sturdy foundation for a healthy life. Healthy babies grow into healthy children, healthy teens and, eventually, healthy adults. Help us support parents to raise happy and healthy kids.

Our programs include Specialized Childcare Services, Parenting Education for Teen Parents, Healthy Babies Network, Online Self-Help

Thank you! Together, we are building strong families.

You’ll receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation to the UP Foundation and Catholic Family Service.

Giving is easy!

Donate online:

Click here and complete the one-page online form to donate now.

Electronic Money Transfer (EMT):

Please contact Tara Horsley, Lead – Community Relations, at or 403.205.8528.

Call us:



The Unlocking Potential Foundation
#250, 707 – 10th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0B3

For legal purposes, the full legal name of the foundation is “Unlocking Potential Foundation,” and the foundation’s registered charitable number is # 82856 3890 RR0001.

Current Giving Campaigns

Donations made through Birdies for Kids will be matched up to 50% and will support our programming for young fathers.

Donations can always be directed to these funds:

  • Greatest Need: Client needs are complex and always changing; we’ll use your donation where it is needed most.
  • Coyes Family Fund: Direct support to Catholic Family Service programs that promote healthy families and positive outcomes for children.
  • Nora Valentine-Kehoe Family Fund: Direct support to Catholic Family Service programs that foster the development of well-adjusted families and encourage positive outcomes for children.
  • D.G. (Greg) Campbell Humanitarian Fund: ensuring the sustainability and growth of programs and services to meet the increasing needs of our vulnerable populations.

You can also donate to some specific programs.

Legacy Donations

You can create a lasting legacy and help build future generations of strong families by making a bequest in your will to the D.G. (Greg) Campbell Humanitarian Fund at the UP Foundation. Please seek professional legal advice to make these arrangements. For more information, contact Tara Horsley at 403.205.8528 or to arrange a meeting.

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