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Edmonton | Community Foundation Receives Record-Breaking Gift

Full Disclosure: Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC receives monies from the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds for the annual Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize.

Edmonton, AB — June 7, 2017

Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) is honoured to announce that it has received the largest charitable gift to a community foundation in Canadian history.

The unprecedented $164-million donation was given anonymously over the last two decades and today ECF is able to name Eldon and Anne Foote as the donors.

To date, the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds have enabled ECF to grant approximately $43 million to hundreds of charities in various sectors including: arts, culture and heritage; education and learning; health and wellness; social and community services; recreation and leisure; and the environment.

Since 2000, the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds have grown to a value of more than $206 million. Because the gifts are set up as endowment funds, ECF will be able to continue providing support to charities in perpetuity, honouring the Footes’ wishes and vision for a vibrant community now and forever.

Eldon Foote was born in Hanna, Alberta, attended the University of Alberta, and worked as a lawyer in Edmonton. In 1967, he moved to Australia and, over the years, grew a cleaning-product company into a multi-million dollar empire based mainly in Japan and Hong Kong, where he revolutionized the lives of thousands of homemakers by hiring them as active sales personnel. However, the Footes never lost their affection for Alberta.

Edmonton Community Foundation acts as a bridge between donors and greater Edmonton charities to help create and maintain a strong, vibrant community for generations to come. Through permanent endowment funds, the Foundation disburses 4 per cent of the fund value to charities each year. ECF is the fourth-largest community foundation in Canada.

Click here to learn more about the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds.

Short List for the Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize

The Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize was established with the generous support of the Eldon + Anne Foote Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation and in partnership with the Edmonton Arts Council and Visual Arts Alberta Association. This Visual Arts Prize, now in its third year, celebrates the brilliance of Visual Artists in Edmonton.

An independent jury composed of three art professionals from outside the Edmonton area evaluated submissions and a short list of three Edmonton Visual Artists emerged. from the long list composed of five artists announced at the beginning of May (Note: the names of the three jury members will be announced and acknowledged on June 19th with the announcement of the winner of the Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize).

The announcement of the short listed artists applauds the vibrancy of the Greater Edmonton Art Scene). The short listed artists for the third Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize in alphabetical order  with the nominating gallery in brackets are : Allen Ball (MCPAG, Stony Plain, AB), Sean Caulfield / Royden Mills (Strathcona County Gallery @ 501, Sherwood Park, AB)  and Brenda Draney (Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton) . 

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Allen Ball

Read Allen Ball’s CV

Read about Allen Ball’s artwork


Caufield Mills RI

Sean Caulfield / Royden Mills

Read Sean Caulfield’s CV
Read Royden Mills’ CV
Read about their artwork



Brenda Draney

Read Brenda Draney’s CV

Read about Brenda Draney’s artwork

Join us for the awards ceremony at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery (3rd floor, 10215 112 Street NW, Edmonton) on June 19th, 2014, at 7:30pm when the winner of the $10,000 Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Award will be announced along with the two runners-up (they will receive $500 for being shortlisted).


The Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund (EATF) – Application Deadline: Sept 1
The Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund (EATF) is a joint project of the Edmonton Arts Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation. The fund invests in Edmonton’s creative community by supporting Edmonton artists as they create new work, change the direction of their careers, study with a master or renew themselves creatively.

Also coming up….

Cultural Diversity in the Arts Program: Application Deadline: Oct 1
The City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council has established the Cultural Diversity in the Arts Program in recognition that artists from all parts of the world enrich Edmonton’s cultural scene.