Momentum views collaboration as a critical component of any change process. This allows us to focus on our strengths and allow others to do the same.
To accomplish our goals, Momentum works in partnership with dozens of organizations and individuals. We have three primary partnership types: financial partners, community partners, and work experience partners.
Thrive, a community initiative of Momentum, works with passionate Calgarians to design, launch, and scale social change initiatives, tackling poverty through economic approaches. Thrive supports Calgarians to start or grow a socially-minded business, launch a sustainable impact in their community, get inspired by what’s working in other places, and connect to resources and people to move their idea forward.
Aspire Calgary is a citywide initiative of over 30 organizations working together to implement Financial Empowerment in Calgary. Through evidence-based and complementary strategies, Aspire creates measurable improvements for people living on a low-income by helping them reduce and manage debt, increase savings and build assets. The goal is to ensure every Calgarian has the income and assets needed to thrive as a part of the City’s Enough for All Strategy.
Aspire and its partners deliver financial empowerment programs in four areas:
Momentum is the backbone organization for Aspire, providing the supporting infrastructure to coordinate the work among Aspire’s partners and push forward the overall initiative.
Business Link is Alberta’s entrepreneurial hub. Business Link works to connect entrepreneurs with relevant small business resources that can give entrepreneurs the support they need. One of the resources they may direct people to is… you guessed it, Momentum! Together with Business Link we work to support entrepreneurs in taking steps towards making their business dreams become a reality.
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Calgary is a city known for its sense of community, its commitment to volunteerism, a “can do” attitude and a thriving business sector. Because of this, our city has an extensive network of organizations, programs and services to help people in times of stress, crisis and change—we have the resources to end poverty in Calgary. The Calgary Poverty Reduction Strategy builds on strengths to make a real impact on poverty. Our community is our strength and our best approach to ending poverty. This idea was expressed succinctly in the words of a CPRI constellation participant who stated simply: “My neighbour’s strength is my strength” Enough for All Strategy (May 2013)
Momentum partners with other organization to advance the Enough for All Strategy in our city. With our proven programs in community economic development and financial literacy, we specifically focus on ensuring that everyone in Calgary has the income and assets needed to thrive.
United Way works to improve lives by mobilizing our community to create lasting social change. United Way and Momentum work together towards poverty reduction through collaborative partnerships, including Enough for All and the Financial Empowerment Collaborative.
VCC believes that the whole community has a vital role to play in changing the system conditions that contribute to poverty. Change occurs through engagement, inspiration and action. Because of their proven work in poverty-reduction, VCC was named as steward of Enough for All, Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy.
In addition to the partnerships listed above, Momentum works with community organizations, businesses, branches of the government, and dedicated individuals to continue to make strides towards our vision of every person having a sustainable livelihood and contributing to their community. All of our partners are integral to the success of our participants and initiatives.
View the complete lists of current community, financial and work-experience partners by downloading the PDFs below.