Tag: Financial Empowerment

Power of Savings

  Now that we have finished the holiday season it is a good time to think about our personal savings. The spirit of generosity and gift giving in the holiday season is wonderful though it can often create stress by draining our bank accounts. The start of the new year is a good time to develop a budget and confirm your savings plan – plus… Read more

Financial Fitness for the New Year

A new year brings new opportunities to set goals and create resolutions. While some commit to hitting the gym more often, breaking a bad habit, or creating more work-life balance, getting in better financial shape can be one of the best goals to bring you peace of mind in the year ahead. Getting your finances “in shape” is important, and there’s no better time to… Read more

3 Ways to save when you’re between jobs

  When you are unemployed, saving money can seem impossible. Fortunately, there are still ways that you can (and should!) save every month. Each week in our free Money Management workshops we see people who are unemployed, students, or on some form of government support (e.g. AISH, EI, etc.). With a bit of learning and encouragement, they always seem to find new tools and tricks… Read more

Study: The impact of Group RESPs on families

  Momentum is working to improve investor protection for families living on a low-income – specifically around Group Plan RESPs. These products are unsuitable for families living a low-income due to the risk of unaffordability, plan cancellation, and losing one’s investment and government grants. We have seen far too many families lose their money through a Group RESP. We are asking the Alberta Securities Commission… Read more

The intensity of a mother’s love

  Rosemary is a mother. She says she’s not a fighter. But when it comes to the well-being and future of her adopted son, Rosemary willingly fights fiercely and unrelentingly. Rosemary’s son is 10 years old and has multiple disabilities. She describes first meeting him in the hospital at 5 months old, premature, categorized as “Failure to Thrive.” “That little soul, when we went to… Read more

What’s your Why?

  Each person has their own reason as to why they give of their money or time to a charity. Each “Why” is different, and each is equally significant and impactful for the person hoping to make change in the world around them. Being new to Momentum, I was curious to know more about why our donors choose to invest in us. Recently, I had… Read more

Tapping casks to make a difference

A delicious infusion of appreciation and charitable giving The air bubbled with excitement and a top-note of friendly competition as industry leaders, investors, and friends gathered at charbar in Calgary’s East Village for a spectacular Fundraiser and Brew-Off hosted by Macquarie Group. Four corporate competitors paired up with a Macquarie representative on September 19th to create signature craft beers from a local brewery and raise… Read more

Alberta’s high-cost credit rules are changing for the better

Recently, the Government of Alberta introduced legislation that will change the rules for high-cost lenders operating in our province. You can read the press release here. If you’ve followed any of Momentum’s work on this issue, you’ll know that high-cost credit has been at the top of our list of public policy priorities for the past several years. This is because many high-cost credit services—like… Read more