Atlantic Compassion Fund

An easy way to show local love in a global crisis.

Volunteer wearing a mask working in the ktichen.

The Atlantic Compassion Fund (ACF) was our response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The generosity of one donor allowed us to kick off this local response on March 17, 2020 just days after the province announced a state of emergency. As far as we know, it was the first COVID-19 relief fund in Canada. United Way Halifax operated and managed the fund in collaboration with 10 other United Ways across Atlantic Canada.

The crisis was unlike anything we’d seen before.

By August 31, 2020, the United Way Halifax staff team had reviewed more than 250 applications for funding. Thankfully, the generosity shown during this time was incredible.

Our organization received $4.59 million in COVID-19 relief funding, and United Ways across Atlantic Canada received more than $10 million combined. Donations came from individuals, companies, and governments. People gave what they could, and donations ranged from two dollars to $1 million.

More than 70 charities in HRM were supported. Working in rural, urban and suburban neighbourhoods, these frontline organizations provided safe shelter, healthy meals, and crucial connection to those who needed it most. 

The Atlantic Compassion Fund was a celebration of local love. 

It’s a reminder that our community is full of heart, and can respond to even the most extraordinary challenges. And it’s proof that together, we are united by compassion. 

These local charities received support from the Atlantic Compassion Fund. They were able to adapt their programs and services, and find new ways to meet the needs of our community during the first wave of the pandemic.

  • Adsum for Women and Children
  • Affirmative Ventures
  • AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia
  • Alcare Place
  • Alice House
  • Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
  • Association of Black Social Workers
  • Autism Nova Scotia
  • Bayers-Westwood Family Resource Centre
  • BayRides
  • Beechville Baptist Church
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax
  • Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia
  • Boys & Girls Club of Preston
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax
  • Brain Injury Association of NS
  • Brunswick Street Mission
  • Bryony House Shelter
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax/Dartmouth Branch
  • The Canadian Paraplegic Association NS
  • Chebucto Connections
  • Chebucto Family Centre
  • Chebucto Links
  • The Club Inclusion
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind Foundation (CNIB)
  • Coverdale Court Network
  • Dartmouth Seniors Service Centre
  • Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute
  • East Preston Family Resource Centre
  • Eastern Shore Family Resource Association
  • Eating Disorders Nova Scotia
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia
  • Fairview Family Resource Centre
  • Family SOS
  • Freedom Foundation NS
  • Halifax Meals on Wheels
  • Halifax Refugee Clinic
  • Hope Blooms
  • Independent Living Nova Scotia
  • The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia
  • Kids Help Phone
  • Laing House
  • LakeCity Works
  • L’Arche Halifax
  • LOVE Nova Scotia
  • Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Society
  • Mosaic Church Halifax
  • MusGo Rider
  • Musquodoboit Valley Family Resource Centre
  • North End Community Health Centre
  • North End Parent Resource Centre
  • The North Grove
  • Northwood
  • Nova Scotia Association for Community Living
  • Old School Community Gathering Place
  • Out of the Cold Emergency Shelter
  • Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank
  • Phoenix Youth Programs
  • The Public Good Society of Dartmouth
  • Regional Independent Students Association
  • Saint George’s Soup Kitchen
  • Saint George’s YouthNet
  • Sheet Harbour Sexual Health Centre
  • Shelter Nova Scotia
  • Souls Harbour Rescue Mission
  • Spencer House Seniors’ Centre
  • St. Paul’s Family Resources Institute
  • Stepping Stone Association
  • TEAM Work Cooperative
  • Veith House
  • Vineyard Christian Fellowship (Sackville Area Warming Centre)
  • YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth
  • The Youth Project
  • YWCA Halifax

Download a PDF list of United Way Halifax’s Atlantic Compassion Fund local charity recipients.
For a list of recipients throughout the Atlantic Region, please contact us.