Saskatoon Co-op owes its success to the members of our community who purchase our products and services. Because our continued success depends on the strength of our community, we are committed to being a meaningful contributor to bettering the lives of our employees, members and our community.
While recognizing the growing needs of our community, we realize that we cannot support each group. Our Member Relations Committee yearly identifies key areas of giving dependent on the needs of our community and social issues.
All requests are reviewed by the Community Relations Committee at regular quarterly meetings.
- Groups applying for support must be non-profit and community organizations within the trading area of Saskatoon Co-op.
- Community level donations will have priority over national donations.
To be considered for support, all requests must be submitted online [no phone calls please].
Only those selected will be contacted.
Groups or causes that are ineligible for support from Saskatoon Co-op include:
- Individual/self interest
- Religious organizations
- Private clubs or organizations
- Political groups
- Groups promoting racial intolerance
- Organizations involved in promoting controversial issues
- Professional or technical Associations, Fraternal organizations and endowments
- Third party fundraiser's
- Requests for prizes supporting silent or live auctions and raffles
- Gala dinners or golf tournament fundraising will be redirected to directly support the charities
Due to limited financial resources, we will restrict our support to those groups who best match our objectives.
The Saskatoon Co-op Donation Request online form is now available!
Please click here to fill out the form.
All requests are reviewed by the Community Relations Committee at regular quarterly meetings.
- November 1, 2016 - for events on or after January 1, 2017
- February 1, 2017 - for events on or after April 1, 2017
- May 1, 2017 - for events on or after July 1, 2017
- August 1, 2017 - for events on or after September 30, 2017
- November 1, 2017 - for events on or after January 1, 2018
If you are a local Saskatoon & area non-profit that fits within our normally supported groups (see Donation Guidelines for details), feel free to inquire about hosting a BBQ fundraiser at one of our Food store locations by emailing email@example.com.
Gift Card Fundraising Program
If you are a local Saskatoon & area non-profit that fits within our normally supported groups (see Donation Guidelines for details), feel free to inquire about gift card fundraising program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The intent of this program is for non-profit groups to raise funds from their group member’s everyday purchases of vehicle fuel, groceries, and hardware. It is also the intent of the gift card program to assist non-profit groups and organizations to raise funds to help families and children defray the costs of their activities. Examples would be sporting teams, travel clubs.
We welcome non-profit groups and organizations to inquire. We feel there is an opportunity for groups to make a substantial amount of money from this fundraiser. Who doesn’t buy gas or groceries? The key to success in this program is to ensure all individuals within your group are on board. Substantial funds can be raised by making a few telephone calls from your kitchen table. We realize that your time is valuable and that the Co-op also benefits from this program. We feel this is a win-win situation by providing you with a fundraising idea and providing us with a customer through our doors.
For six weeks in the fall each year, all of our employees are invited to participate in a United Way giving campaign.
This year our staff donated $16,505! Saskatoon Co-op matched the employee donations with an additional donation of $16,505!
Thank you again to all those who donated to the 2016 United Way Campaign. We raised an incredible $33,010! [up from $29,992 in 2015!]
See photo for the cheque presentation. From left to right, Jill D., HR Representative and Roxanne M., United Way Representative. #WeArePossibility For more information about this non-profit visit http://www.unitedwaysaskatoon.ca/
Over the past year we supported many non-profit groups, helping them reach their goals. Our support reach included the United Way; Canadian Red Cross; Secret Santa, Restorative Action Plan; Huskie Athletics, Saskatoon Amateur Softball Association; Telemiracle 39; Easter Seals; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Pion-Era at the WDM; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Angels & Friends Foundation; Heart & Stroke Foundation; Crime Stoppers; Saskatoon Crisis Nursery; Saskatoon Community Foundation; Saskatoon Cancer Centre - Choc’ la Cure; Saskatoon Blades; Saskatoon Secondary Schools Athletic Directorate; St. Paul’s Hospital Community Day; City Hospital Foundation; Royal University Hospital Foundation; Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Camp; music programs; festivals; local schools; University groups; sport teams and and countless groups than we can list. Over 300 groups were supported with donations of in kind, cash or the gift card fundraising program and totaled over $500,000 in 2015.
A $95,000 boost from Co-op Community Spaces will help the Sustainable Solar Space and youth education cooperative. PAVED Arts supports their members and larger community through education about media technology. They operate a non-profit centre through a cooperative model as a member run organization that elects board of directors from the membership. Through outreach programming to youth, equipment rentals and member initiatives, they help enhance community access to media technology both locally and regionally. The Sustainable Solar Space and youth education cooperative is one of 21 community organizations to receive funding from Co-op Community Spaces in 2016. This year’s recipients received $1.5 million from the program, which supports community-based recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture initiatives.
The Food Bank, Friendship Inn and CHEP are strong community partners that we work with on an ongoing basis, allowing you as members to contribute to the strengthening of local families in need. The total in kind donations to these non-profits over the past year equaled $298,600, plus total cash of $5,500 to CHEP.
The Seniors' Bus Program is a door to door bus service provided to 30 Seniors Residences and supported in part by our Book Exchanges.
Saskatoon Co-op offers a free busing service for our senior members to our Westview Food Store and The Centre Food Store on the first and third Wednesday of each month (some exceptions apply) from different locations across the city. (The Seniors' shopping bus service does not run during July and August.)
If you have any questions about our busing service, please contact the Westview Food Store location or call 933-3801. You can also contact us at email@example.com .
Other community initiatives that Saskatoon Co-op is involved with:
- Encourage people to recycle their plastic grocery bags at our centres.
- Encourage people to buy and use re-usable shopping bags to reduce the number of plastic bags in our community.
- Meet or exceed all environmental standards for safe handling of hazardous goods.
- Encourage and support the community-minded volunteer efforts of Saskatoon Co-op employees.
Visit the link below to view the Saskatoon Co-op Seniors' Day schedule. One Wednesday a month (some exceptions apply), if you are 65 years of age or older, you can receive 10% off your purchases at our Food Stores and Home Centres.
We are proud to be a Major Green & White sponsor and supporters of the University of Saskatchewan Huskie Athletics featuring 15 teams competing in 8 different sports.
Please visit http://www.huskies.usask.ca to view the Huskie Athletics website.
The Saskatoon Co-op Gas Bars are proud sponsors of the Saskatoon Hilltops, 2008 PJFC Champions.
Please visit http://saskatoonhilltops.com to view the Saskatoon Hilltops website.
Saskatoon Co-op is proud to be the Official Fuel Supplier for the SSSAD. This partnership helps Saskatoon high school students attend regional and provincial championships.
Please visit http://sssad.sk.ca/13-14 to view the SSSAD website.
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), on behalf of local Co-ops that make up the Co-operative Retailing System, knows it is important to do what’s possible to make children and families feel at home while in hospital. That’s why FCL is making an historic gift of $5 million over five years to the five children’s hospital foundations in Western Canada.
Of the $5 million, B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation receives $550,000; Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation in Calgary, $825,000; Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, $825,000; Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, $1.7 million; and The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, $1.1 million. The money was divided using a formula developed by FCL to fairly allocate region-wide gifts of this nature, and was agreed to by all parties.
For nearly a century, Co-ops have built their reputations on being the local business that cares about people and communities, partnering with others that hold similar values in support of causes that matter to each of us.
The Drink Pink campaign is a promotion exclusive to Co-op convenience stores and THE MARKETPLACE™ delis across Western Canada. The campaign includes the sale of specially designed cups; for each Drink Pink cup sold, 10 cents is donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (5 cents from Van Houtte; 5 cents from retail co-ops). In addition, a portion of sales from general merchandise items like specially designed travel mugs, reusable shopping bags and slippers sold in retail Co-ops is donated to the Foundation. Finally, all sales proceeds are matched dollar-for-dollar by FCL on behalf of the entire Co-operative Retailing System.
Co-op is proud of its ongoing partnership with Van Houtte. During its three years, the Drink Pink promotion has raised more than $346,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) and its 235 member-owned retail Co-ops are donating $1,000,000 over five years to help local Co-ops and the Canadian Red Cross work together to provide effective, community-based emergency response throughout Western Canada. This is the largest single, multi-year donation in the history of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS).
The Red Cross will receive $100,000/year to pre-position goods across the West in order to respond quickly to local crises. Another $100,000/year will be available to match local retail Co-ops’ emergency donations to the Red Cross.
Equally important, Co-op employees will have the opportunity to step up as volunteers to assist in the event of local emergencies. In the first year of the partnership retail Co-ops with operations in and around Brandon, Portage La Prairie, Prince Albert, Yorkton, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, Aldergrove and Comox are encouraging employees to become volunteer reservists with their local Red Cross.