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 COVID-19 pandemic.

The generosity of one donor allowed us to kick-off this local response on March 17 within a couple days of the provincial state of emergency. As far as we know, it was the first COVID-19 relief fund in Canada. We collaborated with 10 other United Ways across Atlantic Canada, and operated and managed the fund. 

The crisis was unlike anything we’ve seen before.

By the time we wrapped up the fund on July 31, we had reviewed more than 200 applications for funding. Thankfully, our community’s generosity was incredible.

We received more than $2.4 million in support for our local community, and United Ways across Atlantic Canada received a combined $10.2 million. Donations came from individuals, companies, and governments. People gave what they could, and donations ranged from two dollars to $1 million.

Together, we supported more than 90 charities in rural, suburban and urban neighbourhoods in HRM. With support from ACF, these frontline organizations provided safe shelter, healthy meals and crucial connection to those who needed it most. 

The fund is 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.

  • 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.