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Making a grassroots difference.

Community Boards

TELUS Community Boards are an innovative and ground-breaking effort that puts decision-making in the hands of local leaders who know their communities best. This approach helps make our financial support accessible to the grassroots organizations that make such a tremendous difference in building stronger communities.

There are 11 Canadian TELUS Community Boards and three International Boards that provide funding to local grassroots organizations in major centres where TELUS operates. Our Community Boards are located in Victoria, Vancouver, Thompson Okanagan, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Rimouski, Quebec City, Atlantic Canada, the Philippines, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Since their inception in 2005, the Community Boards have contributed over $41.45 million to both national and grassroots charitable organizations and supported more than 3,200 community projects. In 2013, the boards donated a total of $5.7 million in support of 478 projects in Canadian and international communities. Contributions made through Community Boards, are made possible by our customers and our shareholders.

The TELUS Community Board model was a contributing factor to TELUS receiving the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2010 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for Outstanding Corporation. We are proud to be the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international award in recognition of our culture of giving.

Community board# of projects2005 to 2013
Victoria 196 $2,200,000
Vancouver 521 $6,200,000
Thompson Okanagan 99 $700,000
Edmonton 324 $4,800,000
Calgary 308 $4,900,000
Toronto 348 $5,900,000
Ottawa 269 $4,100,000
Montreal 371 $5,100,000
Rimouski 478 $3,650,000
Quebec City 151 $1,200,000
Atlantic Canada 140 $2,100,000
International Community board # of projects 2012 to 2013
Philippines 20 $200,000
Guatemala 32 $200,000
El Salvador 28 $200,000
3,285 $41,450,000

In 2013, funds available through TELUS community investment programs will be comprised of charitable donations, and will be allocated through our local TELUS Community Boards and Community Action Teams. TELUS Community Boards and Community Action Teams will only consider applications for charitable donations that meet our criteria.

TELUS recognizes the value and importance of all community programs, unfortunately the number of requests for funding we receive outnumbers those we are able to fill.

Community Action Teams

TELUS Community Action Teams - much like our TELUS Community Boards - is an innovative effort that puts decision-making in the hands of local leaders who know their communities best. This approach helps make our financial support accessible to the grassroots organizations that make such a tremendous difference in building stronger communities.

Eight TELUS Community Action Teams are making a positive regional impact across Canada: Vancouver Island, Sea to Sky, BC North, BC South, Alberta North, Alberta Central, Alberta South, Ontario.

Since their inception in 2007, the Community Action Teams have contributed over $1.5 million to both national and grassroots charitable organizations and supported more than 535 community projects. In 2013, these teams donated a total of $240,000 in support of 77 projects in Canadian communities. Contributions made through our local Community Action Teams, are made possible by our customers and our shareholders.

If your charity serves clients in these regions, please apply for a donation from the TELUS Community Action Team through our online application.