Atlantic Compassion Fund

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Physical distancing is challenging all of us in new ways, but for people experiencing homelessness, it’s impossible. Staying home certainly isn’t convenient, but for people experiencing domestic violence, it’s life threatening. And for those experiencing food insecurity or mental illness, loss of contact with services and people is more than a frustration, it’s a crisis.

Now more than ever, we need to come together to support our community’s most vulnerable citizens.


When you donate, local charities who are working tirelessly to continue and adjust their services will receive the gift of your support within days. Here’s how it works:

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United Way’s Atlantic Compassion Fund supports a whole network of charities, so your one gift supports many different types of essential community programs and services – those that depend on them and those that provide them. You can see the list of charities that have received funding below. Our community has responded to this crisis with generosity and kindness, but the needs continue to grow. If you are able, please consider taking action now with a donation to the Atlantic Compassion Fund.

Offline Donations
The United Way Halifax office is closed until further notice, with all staff working from home to enable physical distancing. To facilitate an offline donation to the Atlantic Compassion Fund (via cash or cheque), please contact Liz Struijf-Mandishora at 902-448-0018 or

Administrative Costs
For every dollar donated to the Atlantic Compassion Fund, approximately 85 cents will be invested in providing food, shelter, mental health care, and other types of support to people who need it. The other 15 cents will be used to manage your donation and make sure it has the biggest impact possible, protect your personal information, and keep you informed about exactly how, and who, you’re helping. The expertise of the United Way staff team includes all of this, and more.

The Atlantic Compassion Fund was created in partnership with Atlantic Business Interiors and the 11 United Ways across Atlantic Canada. For funding information, please click here.

Special recognition to our major contributors:

  • Tom Rose (founding donor)
  • Atlantic Business Interiors (furniture donation)
  • Atlantic Lottery
  • EfficiencyOne
  • Emera
  • the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program
  • the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund
  • Medavie
  • Nova Scotia Power
  • the Province of Nova Scotia
  • RBC

Atlantic Compassion Fund Charity Recipients (HRM):
Adsum for Women and Children
AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia
Alice House
Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
Association of Black Social Wokers
Autism Nova Scotia
Bayers-Westwood Family Resource Centre
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax
Boys & Girls Club of Preston
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax
Brain Injury Associaton of NS
Brunswick Street Mission
Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax Dartmouth Branch
Chebucto Connections
Chebucto Family Centre
Chebucto Links
The Club Inclusion
Canadian National Institute for the Blind Foundation (CNIB)
Coverdale Court Network
Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre
Dartmouth Seniors Service Centre
Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute
East Preston Family Resource Centre
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia
Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia
Fairview Family Resource Centre
Family SOS
Freedom Foundation
Halifax Meals on Wheels
Halifax Refugee Clinic
Halifax Transition House Association (Bryony House Shelter)
Hope Blooms
Independent Living Nova Scotia
Kids Help Phone
Laing House
LakeCity Works
LOVE Nova Scotia
Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Society
MusGo Rider
Musquodoboit Valley Family Resource Centre
North End Community Health Centre
North End Parent Resource Centre
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
Regional Independent Students Association
Saint George's Soup Kitchen
Saint George's YouthNet
Shelter Nova Scotia
Souls Harbour Rescue Mission
Spencer House Seniors' Centre
St. Paul's Family Resource Institute
Stepping Stone Association
TEAM Work Cooperative
The Canadian Paraplegic Association NS
The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia
The Public Good Society of Dartmouth
The Youth Project
Veith House
Vineyard Christian Fellowship (Sackville Area Warming Centre)
YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth
YWCA Halifax

Contact us for a list of all Atlantic Compassion Fund charity recipients in Atlantic Canada.