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We invest in transforming international development through collaboration, capacity building, and community development. Fig Tree Foundation envisions a world where all people and communities are empowered and self-reliant.
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We collaborate with Roundtable Members and their in-country partners to support projects in lower income communities around the world. Our primary goal is empowering sustainable development projects around the world through collaboration, investment and capacity building.
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At Fig Tree Foundation, we seek to achieve a greater impact from existing development and aid efforts by encouraging and facilitating cooperation as well as by making investments in impactful development projects.
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ABout Us

Promoting effective, collaborative sustainable international development initiatives

Fig Tree Foundation (FTF) was formed by a group of concerned Calgarians who had a desire to contribute to international development initiatives, but soon discovered that in addition to a lack of funding for established groups, there existed a lack of co-ordination and collaboration amongst groups, leading to duplication of efforts and less than optimal utilization of existing resources.

Roundtable forums

Roundtable Members participate in regular forums to network and learn from each other.


Our granting process aligns with the renewed strategic direction of Fig Tree Foundation as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


There are a number of ways to get involved with  Fig Tree Foundation that allow for varying levels of commitment.

event library

A collection of videos, documents, and other information from events we have hosted regarding topics of interest to those involved in international development. Please take the time to explore and discover the resources.


Projects which provide long-term improvements

Solar Panels in Guatemala

Solar Panels in Guatemala

One community that lacks access to power is Todos Santos, Guatemala. The livelihoods of people living in the surrounding villages are dependent primarily on agriculture, usually in locations where grid extensions are unfeasible.

Sierra Leone Sewing Center

Sierra Leone Sewing Center

The Fig Tree Foundation invested in a collaborative, community-based project to increase the capacity of women in Sierra Leone to earn meaningful incomes.

Career Launching

Career Launching

With approximately 4.1 million people between the ages of 14 and 35 in Rwanda in 2019, over 800,000 young people lack access to meaningful employment and sustainable futures (USAID, 2009).


Our board is all about making sure that the FTF does everything it can to maximize the positive impacts of international development projects emanating from Calgary.

Volunteerism and cooperation are two primary foundations of the FTF. We will use all our talents, gifts and energies to achieve the goal of helping those in need in the most efficient and effective manner.

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Dr. Sarah Skett 

Board Member, Former Chairperson